Jo Blake: What Does Myth Do Anyway? #3

”Flowers become flesh becomes bird…”

The first guest on our show is Jo Blake, a performer working across the disciplines of storytelling, theatre and dance. She has written a PhD about her project of unearthing the mythological character Blodeuwedd (flower-face/owl) from the depths of the Mabinogion – a medieval Welsh text regarded as one of the oldest and most complete repositories of British Celtic Myth.

We talk about mythic ambiguity, female trickster figures and the importance of making the wrong choice…among many other  things!

Jo Blake’s website

Video trailer for Jo’s performance Blodeuwedd Untold

Pdf about Jo’s storytelling course Body, Breath & Story…


Four Branches of the Mabinogi (Blodeuwedd is in the Fourth Branch)

Robert Bly

Malleus Maleficarum (Hammer of Witches)

LWA (Vodou)

The sword from the lake

Snorri’s Edda


In the Beginning was the Scream by Henning Kure…

Ben Haggarty on commentary – Extract 3: The Storyteller’s Grammar

Book: Sand Talk by Tyson Yunkaporta

Odin on the world tree

Book: Trickster Makes This World by Lewis Hyde

Carl Jung


Book: The Soul’s Code by James Hillman

Torgrim Mellum Stene’s poem The Fall…

Marie-Louise von Franz

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