Story-Telling & Narrative

Jay Griffiths: Trickster Within: Trickster Without

Video with Jay Griffiths on Saturday 30th September 2017

This talk was given at an advaya event called ‘Mythic Imagination: The Power of Story-Telling and Mythology’, in September 2017.

This talk recognises and explores the influence of the Trickster in the mind and in the world.


About Jay Griffiths:
Jay Griffiths was born in Manchester and studied English Literature at Oxford University. She spent a couple of years living in a shed on the outskirts of Epping Forest but for many years she has been based in Wales.

The first book she wrote was Anarchipelago, a story about the British anti-roads protests.

The second book she wrote was Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time, a manifesto for time and against clocks. It explores the political nature of time, and illustrates some of the diverse ways in which indigenous cultures perceive time. It is a polemic against the play-less, life-denying ways in which modernity sees time.

Wild: An Elemental Journey took seven years to research and write. It is an evocation of the songlines of the earth, the result of long journeys among indigenous cultures, including staying with Amazonian shamans and Inuit people, visiting sea gypsies and staying with the freedom fighters of West Papua. It explores the words and meanings which shape ideas of wildness, arguing that wildness is intrinsic to the health of the human spirit. It is about necessary nomadism and the truant heart.

A Love Letter from a Stray Moon is a fictionalised biography of Frida Kahlo, a tribute to the Mexican painter and to Subcomandante Marcos, and the rebellion at the heart of art.

She has written for the Guardian’s comment pages and feature pages. She is a regular columnist for Orion magazine and has written frequently for The Idler. She has also written about wild skating for Lapham’s Quarterly, and has contributed to The Observer, the Ecologist, the London Review of Books, the Utne Reader, Wild Earth and Dark Mountain. She has broadcast widely on BBC radio, including Start the Week and Woman’s Hour, and the World Service, and has several times been a guest on Phillip Adams’ Late Night Live in Australia. She has written for peer-reviewed academic publication and for the British Council.

Wild was the winner of the inaugural Orion Book Award and was shortlisted for the Orwell prize and for the World Book Day award

Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time won the Barnes and Noble ‘Discover’ award for the best new non-fiction writer to be published in the USA, 2003, for which her book was cited as ‘cleverness in the service of genius’.

The following writers have given endorsements to her work: David Abram, John Berger, Fritjof Capra, Marie Darrieussecq, Gretel Ehrlich, Niall Griffiths, Tom Hodgkinson, Joan London, Barry Lopez, Richard Mabey, Robert Macfarlane, Bill McKibben, Adrian Mitchell, George Monbiot, Philip Pullman, David Rothenberg, Vandana Shiva, and Gary Snyder.



‘Mythic Imagination: The Power of Story-Telling and Mythology’
This event served as a deep-dive into the power of mythology and storytelling as spiritual and practical tools to connect to our true purpose, empower our lives and ignite awe and wonder at the world around us. Throughout the day we uncovered ancient myths and new stories to enliven and deepen our understanding of who we are, where we are, and how we may face the challenges in front of us. Pioneers from the fields of Story-telling and Mythology guided us through our sub-conscious to explore native myths, fairy tales and folk traditions, as well as our own personal story, and how each of these affect the world we see around us.

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Jay Griffiths was born in Manchester and studied English Literature at Oxford University. She spent a couple of years living in a shed on the outskirts of Epping Forest but for many years she has been based in Wales.

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