Drinking the mead of poetry

10th November 2018
St Ethelburga’s Centre, London

Where does a writer find his inspiration? Where does a poet source her ideas? Do they come from somewhere outside us – and if so, where?

What do old stories and lost gods have to say to us in a fast-changing world – and how might they guide our pens?

Join us on a quest for the mead of poetry – the source of inspiration for artists, writers, storytellers and creators throughout the ages.

This unique, one-off event explores the transformative power of ancient myths and folktales for writers and other creative people who are looking to re-inject some wild power into their work.

The day will include:

  • Tellings of ancient stories from around the world – from Scandinavia, South America, Europe and Africa – which shed light on the elusive source of  creative inspiration
  • Writing quests based around the stories
  • Talks and discussion on the continued relevance of old myths in the contemporary world
  • A unique, participatory ritual devised especially for this event

Whether you are an accomplished writer or artist, or simply curious about what old stories might have to say to you, Drinking The Mead Of Poetry offers a unique day of story, creativity and conviviality.


Your three guides for the day are a writer, a storyteller and an artist and choreographer.

Paul Kingsnorth is an award-winning novelist, poet and essayist. He is a co-founder of the Dark Mountain Project, an international network of writers, artists and thinkers, and founder of The Wyrd School. In his poetry and fiction, perhaps most notably in his 2014 Booker-longlisted novel The Wake, he has helped bring strange old stories back into the light. He has taught and lectured on writing and story around the world.

Andreas Kornevall  grew up in South America, Sweden and Switzerland. As a storyteller, he works with old myths and fairytales, on which he has lectured in universities and other educational centres. He is a prize-winning author who has written widely for various publications, including The Ecologist, Resurgence and Dark Mountain. He is director of the Earth Restoration Service, and the catalyst behind the Life Cairn movement, which erects memorials around the world for species rendered extinct at human hands.

Clare Whistler has had a 30-year career as a dancer, choreographer and director, including 15 years working in opera, education and community projects. Her work breaks down the boundaries between disciplines and artists, to find ways to offer insight, feeling and moments of timeless beauty whether in performance, site-specific work, text, music, visual art and landscape.


Tickets are priced at £85 each for the day, and places are limited. To book a place, please visit our Eventbrite page.