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Dr. Martin Shaw ~ Mythteller

Sunday, August 15, 2021
1:00pm to 2:00pm

Live Webinar


Join Dr. Martin Shaw–widely renowned as one of the world's most exciting storytellers and teachers of the mythic imagination–for a conversation on his new book, Smoke Hole: Looking to the Wild in the Time of the Spyglass.

At a time when we are all confronted by not one, but many crossroads in our lives, Dr. Shaw delivers a work of literary tonic. In Smoke Hole, Martin shares three ancient stories that are metaphors for our world today, a world where we are losing our sense of direction. With extraordinary poignancy, Smoke Hole illuminates the complexities of contemporary life and–through story–a way forward.

He writes: “In Siberian myth, when you want to hurt someone, you crawl into their tent and close the smoke hole. Close the smoke hole and you break connection to the divine world.” If we are losing ourselves, we must look up through the smoke hole to find a new vision.

"Eloquent and elegant, Shaw offers an irresistible invitation into realms that hold the wisdom of expanding into one's sense of purpose."

Malidoma Somé

"He is now as much and as good a teller as there probably is among us adorned and afflicted by the English tongue, and he has lingered a while in the old caves."

Stephen Jenkinson

With potent, lyrical language and a profound knowledge of storytelling, Shaw encourages and illuminates the mythic in our own lives. He is a modern-day bard."

Madeline Miller

"Martin Shaw’s work is so very beautiful. A new animal. His love of images is deep and contagious."

Coleman Barks

“Shaw has so much wisdom and knowledge about the old stories. It emanates from his pores. His work is a collection of little symphonies, hitting all the notes of human emotion. It’s Shakespearian. Pin-drop wonder."

Robert Densmore, The Doors

"A true master. Martin Shaw is one of the very greatest storytellers."

Robert Bly

Martin Shaw is widely regarded as one of the most exciting teachers of the mythic imagination. Author of the award-winning Mythteller trilogy (A Branch from the Lightning Tree, Snowy Tower, Scatterlings), he founded the Oral Tradition and Mythic Life courses at Stanford University, and is director of the Westcountry School of Myth in the UK. He has introduced thousands of people to mythology, and for twenty years Shaw has been a wilderness rites of passage guide, working with at-risk youth, those who are unwell, returning veterans as well as many women and men seeking a deeper life. His translations of Gaelic poetry and folklore (with Tony Hoagland) have been published in Orion Magazine, Poetry International, and Poetry magazine. His essay and conversation with Ai Weiwei on myth and migration was released by the Marciano Arts foundation.