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

https://www.jo-blake.co.uk

Video trailer for Jo’s performance Blodeuwedd Untold

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

https://ce0d3962-23fd-4385-84a5-f1c07de41738.filesusr.com/ugd/271cc3_bb1025dfbe46464c80210844a66a569…

REFERENCES

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

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Branches_of_the_Mabinogi

Robert Bly

https://robertbly.com

Malleus Maleficarum (Hammer of Witches)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malleus_Maleficarum

LWA (Vodou)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lwa

The sword from the lake

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_of_the_Lake

Snorri’s Edda

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prose_Edda

Voluspa

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Völuspá

In the Beginning was the Scream by Henning Kure

https://www.academia.edu/8766740/In_the_beginning_was_the_Scream_Conceptual_thought_in_the_Old_Norse…

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

Book: Sand Talk by Tyson Yunkaporta

https://www.textpublishing.com.au/books/sand-talk

Odin on the world tree

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yggdrasil

Book: Trickster Makes This World by Lewis Hyde

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56450.Trickster_Makes_This_World

Carl Jung

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Jung

Numinous

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numinous

Book: The Soul’s Code by James Hillman

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/970831.The_Soul_s_Code

Torgrim Mellum Stene’s poem The Fall

http://www.mythopoesis.net/2021/02/14/the-fall/?fbclid=IwAR2WQav06n8Zqy5GlVdWKf5tZo2gqhvwVg_sxeVLJBd…

Marie-Louise von Franz

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie-Louise_von_Franz


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