I am writing a four play series on the historically possible/probable Arthur.
I am using the books of Geoffrey Ashe(who I don't completely trust), Leslie
Alcock, Norma Lorre Goodrich, Nikolai Tolstoy (who says Goodrich is
questionable), Jean Markale, Anne Ross (. . .DRUID PRINCE), and Rachel
Bromwich (ARTHUR OF THE WELSH and THE WELSH TRIADS) to peel the High medieval
accretions from the 6th Century Welsh/Brit battle leader.
In pursuit of a more accurate Arthur, and in the face of the burgeoning
materials available, I am looking for particularly useful books and articles
that will inform my work and keep me as honest as possible.
I am rapidly approaching 42, I am a produced playwright and composer with a
couple of Creative Writing degrees and almost 40 years of hearing/reading the
Arthurian stories, and since I was 2 1/2, I've known that the stories I was
finding didn't click with my matrilinearly Welsh heritage.
The musical CAMELOT was wrong. It had nothing of Arthur, neither the Celts
nor their Music, and I want to bring the energy that I've heard in the
Chieftains and Cusan Tan, Silly Wizard and Sileas, Altan and The Tannahill
Weavers to the historical presentation on the stage.
I want the gem of Celtic Culture to shine in all its facets, and I want the
best. I have received some interest from Loreena McKinnitt, John Cunningham,
Paddy Maloney and friends, Alison Kinnaird, Ann Heymann, Cheryl Ann Fulton,
The Tannahill Weavers, Anthony Hopkins, Kenneth Branagh, and Welsh Tourist
Board's Paul Barrett.
In July I plan to attend the Celtic Summer School at Aberyswyth to hear
Rachel Bromwich, Brynley F. Roberts, Anne Ross, R.R. Davies, Ceridwen Lloyd
Morgan, Morfydd Owen, Peter Lord, Oliver Padel, and to meet other like-minded
What I am looking for is an intellectual community to provide and varify
sources and materials, and encouragement wouldn't hurt at all. I am also the
primary care parent for two wonderful and attention-hungry urchins (Winston 3
years, Grace-Katharine 5 months), so finding resources has been difficult.
Still, I was trained by the Creative Writing Faculty at Bowling Green State
University, Ohio and by Blythe and Sweet at Eastern Kentucky University.
Stephen Sondheim taught me manners and the desire to work with the best to do
I can be thoughtful, encouraging, and provocative as needed.
Suggestions? Comments? Any cheap sources for the LAWS OF HYWEL DDA?
M. Richard Myers III