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SPEAKERS

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ERIC MADDERN
Poet

Eric is an Australian-born singer, writer and storyteller who, after a ten-year journey around the world, created (with others) the Cae Mabon Eco-Retreat in Snowdonia, North Wales.

ABSTRACT: HIGH SPEECH


Poetry, prophecy and prayer… Invocation, preaching and chant… Telling a story… Such ways of speaking can cast a spell over a listener; take him or her on a journey in imagination; transmit power, excitement, belief and hope; inspire with a vision of what may be. ‘High speech’ can, in short, induce a transcendent state of consciousness.

In this talk Eric will explore kinds and qualities of ‘high speech’ and illustrate it by quoting inspirational pieces from creation myth, wondertale and Celtic story. Merlin’s prophecy, Taliesin’s poetry, Shakespeare’s plays and ancient prayers will also be in the heady brew.