22 episodes

Folklore and fantasy themes aimed at creative writers: to start writing stories and challenge your brain with exciting ideas, dip into this kitbag. Learn how fantasy worlds draw on real world history, mythology, and folklore. And there's weekly news from the world of fantasy fiction too, plus fabulous creatures, studies on folk tales, nature fables and lots more mythical, magical fun.

Myth and Magic Neil Mach

    • Personal Journals

Folklore and fantasy themes aimed at creative writers: to start writing stories and challenge your brain with exciting ideas, dip into this kitbag. Learn how fantasy worlds draw on real world history, mythology, and folklore. And there's weekly news from the world of fantasy fiction too, plus fabulous creatures, studies on folk tales, nature fables and lots more mythical, magical fun.

    Episode 22

    Episode 22

    Tips and advice for writing your fantasy fiction project. We take a trip to Jamaica Inn which inspired Daphne du Maurier to write her famous novel about smugglers, pirates and wreckers. And we learn how the ancient Romans absorbed the Greek civilization and eventually became transfigured by the people they thought they had subjugated

    • 36 min
    Episode 21

    Episode 21

    Visit the land of the Canti and explore the haunted towers of Reculver. Analyze — in depth — the different types of P.O.V. that you may want to use for your fantasy fiction project and discuss the various pros & cons. Also, look at the expansion of the Roman State.

    • 40 min
    Myth & Magic Episode 20

    Myth & Magic Episode 20

    Go out on an Apple Wassail in the English countryside to meet the Apple Man. And what is Old Twelfth Night? Who is Numa? Did he have a water nymph as a girlfriend? Also, investigate the Pantheon of the Roman Gods. Plus, how to conjure yourself a truly three-dimensional fantasy character for your novel.

    • 46 min
    Myth & Magic Episode 19

    Myth & Magic Episode 19

    Look at 7 fantasy plots and discuss the plotter approach & compare it with the pantser approach. Which plot-line will you use for your next writing project? Begin a study into classical Rome by asking who was there before the Romans arrived? Consider the possibility that we still live in "Roman times."  And compare the Romans with The Borg from Star Trek!

    • 19 min
    Myth & Magic Episode 18

    Myth & Magic Episode 18

    Discover the origins of Hogmanay. Is New Year about celebrating Elves who sent Trolls back home? Thinking about your own fantasy fiction project : what is your big idea?  In this show I will provide you with some thematic suggestions for your own project. Also, find out who Enki was, and why this deity is connected with New Year. Also discover the ancient origins of January.

    • 22 min
    Myth & Magic Episode 17

    Myth & Magic Episode 17

    Explore the origins of Father Christmas. A deep folk memory of the ancient Yulefather? Are Santa Claus, Sinterklaas, Saint Nicholas of Myra, and Sir Christmas all memories of this same pagan character? How do reindeer figure in the Christmas tradition? What is Yule? What is a Yule Goat? When is the Night of Mothers? Who is Zwarte Piet? Who is Krampus? Where do the Christkindl celebrations originate? And what's so magical about mistletoe?

    • 39 min

Top Podcasts In Personal Journals