Morgan le Fay and the Green Knight
"Intelligent and imaginative; and strongly supported by the commentary, which is full and carefully researched, the pastiche rewriting of Gawain reads like a cross between Michael Moorcock and Angela Carter: strong, evocative descriptive language and careful use of alliteration keeps the spirit of the original while using a distinctively different narrative style. I like the focus in the stand-off between pagan and Christian elements in the original."
- academic review.
This short story comprises a creative response to the tale of Sir Gawain and The Green Knight, a medieval romance poem by an anonymous author. Also included is an analysis of that creative response. Both sections comprised one of my submissions for a module at the National Academy of Writing.
"The child waited, embowered and leafless but for the green girdle at her waist and the shroud of flaxen hair which lay lithely about her shoulders. High amongst the heart-shaped leaves of the linden tree she let her feet play, as if dabbling in the eddies of the brook frothing and foaming far below the boughs. Over that thundering torrent, which twisted down from the rugged slope, through jutting crags and black jagged outcroppings, falling from cliff edge to valley floor, tinkling bells intoned a visitor’s arrival far beyond the glade."