Friday, 17 December 2010

Druidry - Philip Carr-Gomm - Journeys of the Soul

Philip Carr-Gomm, Chosen Chief of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (OBOD) has just told me that my description of Lily's meeting with Ross Nichols has been published in his book, Journeys of the Soul.

This book's description reads:  "Ross Nichols was one of the key figures in the revival of interest in Druidry and Celtic Spirituality in modern times. The Order of Bards Ovates and Druids, which he founded, is now the largest Druid group in the world.

Journeys of the Soul vividly describes Nichols’ journey through life in the first complete biography of this enigmatic and influential Druid Chief, allowing us an intimate and controversial glimpse into the life and mind of one of the founding figures of the modern Pagan movement."

My contribution is an extract from my novel Tamsin, which offers a  description of Lily's meeting with Ross Nichols.  This describes a factual event, and Lily's character is loosely based on a friend of mine whose true identity I will not reveal - partly because not all of Lily's story, as told in the novel, is true to life. 

However, I had previously queried Lily's description of Ross Nichols and his house with Philip Carr-Gomm, who kindly verified that 'Lily's' details were correct.

I haven't yet seen a copy of the book.  Apparently it's only available from the Oak Tree Press (OBOD's own publishing house) which can be found here:

1 comment:

Adele Cosgrove-Bray said...

Philip Carr-Gomm's book, a quality hardback, arrived with a lovely personal inscription from the author.

My contribution can be found on pages 59 - 61.

The extract reads as if Lily is talking to me rather than to Tamsin - but that's not important as the real Lily did relate her description of Nuinn (Ross Nichols) to me.

Also, on page 271 the notes section states that my extract comes from "Companions on the Way", which was the working title for what is now "Tamsin" - but again, that's not important; and besides it's entirely my fault for forgetting to tell Philip Carr-Gomm that I'd changed the title.