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Martin Shaw

Jessica Woollard
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Sophia Hadjipateras

Dr Martin Shaw is a writer, storyteller and mythologist. Award-winning author of seventeen books, his most recent, Bardskull, was Guardian Book of the Day and described by the Sunday Times as “rich and transgressive.” He is a wilderness rites of passage guide and spent four years living in a tent. Shaw founded the Oral Tradition and Living Myth courses at Stanford University and is described by the Irish Times as an “interloper from the medieval.” An Eastern Orthodox Christian, over the last twenty-five years Shaw has introduced thousands of people to myth and how it speaks to our age. He is widely published: Orion, The Sun, Mississippi Review, Poetry International and many others. His conversation and catalogue with Ai Wei Wei was published by the Marciano Arts Foundation.


Martin is currently working on Wild Mountain, a book which asks how did a middle eastern mystery religion get so domesticated acquired by Penguin Random House US. It will take readers on an exhilarating journey into the magnificent terrain of a faith that could be far less tame than what we often seem to settle for.