Thursday, 25 February 2016

Review: Descent into Overworld: Battle of the Blocks 1

Descent into Overworld: Battle of the Blocks 1 Descent into Overworld: Battle of the Blocks 1 by Liam O'Donnell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Descent into Overworld: Battle of the Blocks 1

A perfect book for fans of the game Mine Craft and a great "in" for parents and educators looking for something to excite a reluctant reader!

Liam O'Donnell

Liam O'Donnell takes the award winning game and gives it a new twist, bringing the characters and creatures from the game into the real world and creating an immersive world and an un-put-down-able book.

A real page turner, popular with all ages


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Monday, 25 January 2016

Review: Pagan Planet: Being, Believing & Belonging in the 21 Century

Pagan Planet: Being, Believing & Belonging in the 21 Century Pagan Planet: Being, Believing & Belonging in the 21 Century by Nimue Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Moonbooks does it again! pulling together authors from a miriade of different paths and with varying points of view, and yet, with a great editor and a clear end goal these separate nuggets of wisdom and experience are pulled together and with the use of an almost invisible, gossamer like thread, they are joined to become a single work which is more than worthy to sit on shelves along side other classics of Paganism.

Whether you have an interest in saving the planet, raising a family in a Pagan friendly way or working out how to live as a Pagan in modern society there will be something in here to make you laugh, cry and think.

This book represents the diversity which is the very heart of Modern Paganism.



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Monday, 17 August 2015

Review: Poems for Pagans

Poems for Pagans Poems for Pagans by Nick Ford
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A great debut collection of poems which once devoured calls forth to be read again and again as the reader finds something new and intriguing within the verses each time.

I eagerly await the next instalment!

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Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Rivers Deep - A Pagan Perspective

I had to post my excitement about the United Pagan Radio Station...


Launched on the 31 May 2014 it boasts a diverse collection of talk shows and new age music.
One of these shows is Rivers Deep - A Pagan Perspective and is hosted by my dear friend and fellow Sister Witch, Romany Rivers, (Find her here, On facebook)



As if that wasn't exciting enough, if you tune in on Wednesday at 8pm Eastern Time (Thursday at 1am UK) Romany will be chatting with yours trulyCheck out the interview to find out a bit more about my writing, both the solo books and also my participation in collaborative community books via the popular pagan publisher Moon Books

We also talked at length about my views on Paganism & Education including the positives and pitfalls of trying to demystify the Craft, and when best to introduce your personal practices to your children.



I had a great time on the show and hope that you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed taking part. I am sure that this wont be the last you hear of me on Rivers Deep but in the meantime I am looking forward to listening and learning from the many other guests Romany has planned for us in the future.

So do check out the show this week and leave me a comment to let me know what you thought.


Monday, 13 October 2014

October Poetry Writing Month - Day 10

Morning Train

Sleepy eyes and tired bones 
Slightly damp from the morning rain
Which caught me before the bus could whisk me away
On this, my latest adventure

I sit.
Huddled beneath layers of wool, and fleece, and cotton
As I wait for the train to move off from the station
I sip at steaming morning coffee
A small luxury served in a paper cup
My morning medicine, to wake me up

The train shudders and shakes
No new speedy engine this one
More like a primeval beast
Lumbering through the countryside
But eventually we reach full speed
The jolts become a gentler hypnotic drum

I feel the steady hum of the train beneath me
As scenery flashes by my window
The Sun is coming up
Turning a dark sky to azure blue
The golden orb of our fiery star peeks tentatively through the clouds
As we head towards the city

The light is reflected off of the tall glass buildings
And the city seems ablaze with golden reflections
Not long now to my destination
I relax into my seat
Enjoying these minutes of quiet
Before the bustle of city life surrounds me


October Poetry Writing Month - Day 9

First day at school

I wake up already nervous
Chew toast
Drink tea
Auto pilot pushing me forward
Smart new clothes
New bag
New pens
Tidy! From my neat hair to my shiny shoes.
The bus takes forever,
But I don't mind if we never get there
Suddenly, the bus stops
The driver looks at me with pity
As I make my way to the front and alight
Into the foggy grey of this September morning.
Dead leaves, frosty under foot,
Crunch and crumble
In to the gate I go
There are groups of kids huddled together
In packs, like wolves,
They stop talking when they see me.
Eyes stare from the windows
And through the tennis court fences
Inside I scuttle
One quick cup of tea to warm me
And it is time...
The bell tolls and I open the classroom door...
"Good morning  class 3, I am your new teacher, Mrs B"
 


Saturday, 11 October 2014

October Poetry Writing Month - Day 8

Day 8

Oh the sweet sweet joy of a new book!
The glossy cover,
The perfect spine,
This is a moment to be savoured.
This new tome,
Freshly plucked from shelf in shop,
Or torn from postal packaging at home.
This small book is cause for celebration,
A sort of romanticised ceremony
Of ethereal jazz and distant chatter,
Any coffee shop will do,
It really doesn't matter,
But the comfort and bliss
Of sitting and sipping,
And then the first turn of the first page
Careful not to break the binding!
Slowly, into the narrative you find yourself sliding
Minutes turn into hours...
Pages turn into chapters...
You are lost in this new world
As your cup grows cold
And the light diminishes
"Just one more page" you think, 
"I need to finish this".
And when the day is almost done
You reluctantly head for home
And when at home, It's up to bed,
To read some more, until sleep claims your head.

(C) Arietta Bryant
October 2014