Monday, 14 September 2015

Jack Gale on Greenwich and the Goddess Holda

Last Thursday, 10 September, I went to a talk on the Goddess Holda in folklore, music, mythology and Greenwich park by Jack Gale at the South East London Folklore Society (Selfs).

I'm sorry to say I didn't take notes. This was partly because I'd had a very stressful day and just wanted to sit back and be entertained, and partly because I thought I already knew most of what the talk was going to be about. I'd previously heard Jack talk about his book Guardians, Goddesses and Groves: Awakening the Spirit of the Land,and had also been on a Selfs folklore walk around Greenwich park.

In actual fact, Jack's talk was based on his new book Holda Queen of Ice and Fire. As publisher Capall Bann says about the book on its website: "Holda, as a north European goddess of winter, sexual lore, animals and the Underworld has something to say to many people. In this book Jack Gale not only relates folkloric accounts of and references to Holda, but also draws on his own magical working experiences and those of his friends and colleagues."

His talk was a very entertaining account of magical encounters with the Goddess Holda, and I very much look forward to reading his book. And, as I didn't take notes at the talk, I was also delighted to discover yesterday that the whole talk is now available to listen to on YouTube:

Selfs meets at The Old King's Head, Kings Head Yard, 45-49 Borough High St, London SE1 1NA on the second Thursday of each month. Entry: is £2.50 / £1.50 concessions. To find out more, email

Links and previous related posts:
Holda Queen of Ice and Fire

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