Anthony Nanson’s ‘Words of re-enchantment’ is a collection of essays which its subtitle labels as storytelling, myth and ecological desire. I’d go a lot further than this, because it’s a relevant book for anyone wanting to live in creative and sustainable ways. And really, that should be all of us.
Anthony is himself a writer of short stories, a story teller, and he has a novel to his name (Deep Time, which I reviewed here – https://druidlife.wordpress.com/2015/07/01/deep-time-and-the-wilderness/) It makes sense then that his focus is the written and spoken word, and the power of these things to affect real change.
This is a deeply philosophical book, asking what it means to be human, to be alive in this time and place, what it means to face up to the challenges and responsibilities of our moment in history. Given the subject matter, it’s a surprisingly upbeat and encouraging book. What I especially like about it, is that it offers meaningful ways forward to anyone who reads it.
You don’t have to stand up in front of an audience to be a storyteller. You don’t have to write novels. Most of us, in our every day speech and social media interactions, are in the business of telling each other stories. We tell stories about how life is, and what’s possible, what’s good and what isn’t. We all have the power to be more conscious story tellers in this context, telling our way towards better ways of living and being.
If you are on the bard path, I heartily recommend picking up a copy, this is essential reading that will inspire you and help you find purpose and direction. It’s also a finely written piece, worth reading in its own right, not just as an opportunity for personal development. And if you think you can’t make a difference, read this book.
More about Words of Re-enchantment here – http://www.awenpublications.co.uk/words_of_re-enchantment.html