Aside from this blog, I write all manner of things, I have a lot of published books to my name, and will try pretty much anything if it looks interesting. Fiction and non-fiction, and most especially the Hopeless Maine project (graphic novels, performance, music, film…) I have a space on Patreon with fiction and druid-related content. If you want to support me, I’m here – https://www.patreon.com/NimueB
If you’d like to support me but don’t want to make an ongoing financial commitment, there’s also this for one-off donations –
Ponderer, singer of songs, teller of stories. Hill walker, daydreamer, editor, marketing person, occasional press officer on demand, reviewer, Steampunk, Folky ,and Green activist… I have a lot of hats.
I discovered Paganism in my late teens and Druidry in my early twenties. I’ve since been a Pagan Federation volunteer, completed the OBOD grades. I also helped out for a while at The Druid Network as well, these days I’m a member, just contributing the odd essay and review.
I was a founding member of west midlands Druid Gorsedd, Bards of the Lost Forest. During my decade in the west midlands I also ran meditation sessions, workshops, a closed ritual group and a folk club.
I’m now back in my native Gloucestershire, after a period of living on a narrowboat, I’m now in more conventional accommodation in Stroud. I live with my lovely and very Druidy husband, artist Tom Brown a fabulous tigerboy and a lot of houseplants and spiders.
I’m very much immersed in the vibrant life of Stroud and exploring bardic and Druidic things.
You can find me on twitter as Nimue_B and on facebook as Nimue Brown . I’m always happy to friend a pagan, green, folky, author or anyone else I have anything at all in common with. I’m on instagram and I have a lot of videos on youtube
If you would like to borrow a blog post to republish elsewhere, by all means do – just leave a comment and let me know. If you would like an article written specifically for your blog/magazine etc then email brynnethnimue at gmail dot com. If time permits, then I will normally say yes to such requests.
I review here and sometimes other places. I do not currently attend events outside the UK, but do sometimes show up for things closer to home.
January 25th, 2012 at 10:22 pm
So, I recieved this award and the rules are to pass it on. I have been reading more and more of your blog lately, and I thoroughly enjoy it. So I decided you worthy of the award.
Here are the rules for the Versatile Blogger Award:
-Thank the award-giver and link back to them in your post
-Share 7 things about yourself
-Pass this award along to 15 recently discovered blogs you enjoy reading
-Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award
January 26th, 2012 at 11:25 am
Thanks for the thought, much appreciated, but I have so little internet access that this would be a bit beyond me!
January 29th, 2012 at 4:01 pm
I just nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award! Now don’t feel any pressure to do anything, it doesn’t really matter if you pass it along, I just wanted to mention your blog because I really appreciate it. /JourneyMaid
February 28th, 2012 at 5:35 pm
Nice site. Usually new-age, pagan sites make me squirm.
Although I’m a fairly scientific, atheistic thinker these days, I am drawn to druidry … warily! If something smacks of religious ritual I’m extra wary but daily walking and meditating in nature without fixed ideas or practices always seems to open a few doors. I’m especially impressed by one oak tree in a park not far from where I live here in Toronto, a tree that has turned me into a tree-hugger on many fronts, not least of which is a kind of druidic reverence for the oak, which also happens to be the symbol for the county of my birthplace, Derry (N.Ireland), “doire” = oak grove.
February 29th, 2012 at 12:04 pm
I don’t see any difficulty in mixing rational and irrational, holding duel consciousness of the world that allows for thinking and feeling, intuiting and reasoning – I think its human to do both, so hopefully that makes me palatable to people who come at things from either side, or both. My primary position in all things is uncertainty, and I take lessons from my child in asking ‘but wy?’ at every available opportunity 🙂 Hugging trees is good.
October 24th, 2012 at 7:52 pm
I think I have read all the blogs I have missed over the last month. I love your insightful blogs and your consistent daily posts.
November 7th, 2012 at 6:17 pm
Your Blogs are Inspirational, Insightful, Full of Mystery and Intregiue (Cant Spell worth a Darn …lol) and I hope someday to learn enought about The Druidic Path to Honour and Cellebrate the Creator in a way that is as strong a balance between Harmonyand Chaos with Awen as you have done ! Brightest Blessings to both you and Tom ! ❤
November 11th, 2012 at 6:26 pm
Hello from the USA. I have been enjoying your blog since I found it and would like to give you a Witchy Blog Award. Thank you for your posts, and I look forward to reading more.
January 17th, 2013 at 9:40 am
Your writing touches me deeply, you have a very valuable perspective on life.
February 26th, 2013 at 2:15 am
I really enjoy your blog, I am glad I stumbled upon it today. I just bought two of your books. Thank you for sharing your experiences 🙂
August 30th, 2013 at 4:33 pm
I want to learn more from you about your philosophy and teachings.
August 31st, 2013 at 8:43 am
Thank you! Well, there are over 700 posts on here now, so there’s quite a bit to poke about in. If specific topics occur to you, feel free to prompt me, if I have anything to share, I will.
September 17th, 2013 at 9:54 pm
I have nominated you for the Liebster Award http://mywiccanwalk.wordpress.com/2013/09/17/liebster-award-nomination-part-2/
October 14th, 2013 at 11:32 pm
Hi Nimue I love what your write, it really strikes a chord with my own life. I included your article on Pagan Culture on one of my blog posts. Look forward to reading more. 🙂 xx
November 5th, 2013 at 12:14 pm
I googled “pagan fiction recommendations” or something similar and found one of your pages; scanning it, I saw a reference to “Now that I have regular electricity and the Internet…”
I thought to myself “Wow, sounds like somebody who lives on a narrowboat.”
AND YOU ACTUALLY LIVE[D] ON A NARROWBOAT
I ADORE THIS.
November 5th, 2013 at 2:10 pm
Two and a bit years of total lunacy! It was a learning experience…
November 5th, 2013 at 4:32 pm
What lovely synchronicity. On the basis of this alone I have purchased “Hunting the Egret.”
We’ve been living on a boat for two-and-a-bit-months, so I have intense sympathy for the lack of electricity to power one’s blogging.
November 7th, 2013 at 2:07 pm
Hi Nimue 🙂 I came here by way of freshly pressed–I bet you’re getting a lot of traffic at the moment, but I just wanted to write a little comment to say how glad I am I found your blog.
I’m always on the lookout for blogs by other pagans, and I’m looking forward to reading your writings.
Also, cake and tea.
November 7th, 2013 at 2:26 pm
Hello! Welcome aboard. It’s all gone mad, some of it in a good way, some of it startling….
November 14th, 2013 at 7:29 pm
Thank you for linking to the Exploratory Druid in your sidebar! I am glad that you like it enough to share. :] Your blog is one of my favorites to read, so it’s quite a compliment that you like mine.
November 16th, 2013 at 10:19 am
I very much believe in sharing on the good stuff 🙂
November 15th, 2013 at 7:47 pm
Iv’e been enjoying this blog… you bring a sense of balance, class, and dignity to our practice. Kind of like Bruce Lee saying to be like water, flowing without a need to blast at others… and like the Dalai Lama… being a source of peace and calm amidst a world that works like a hurricane. Your gentle force of observation is refreshing. Thank you.
November 16th, 2013 at 10:18 am
Wow, thank you.
July 16th, 2014 at 12:55 pm
great reads human.
July 20th, 2014 at 9:54 pm
With your permission, I am excerpting some comments on capitalism for my blog.
July 21st, 2014 at 6:33 am
By all means and thank you for sharing things on. A link back would be splendid.
September 4th, 2014 at 12:35 am
Hi, I love your blog. I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. Please check out the following link. http://wp.me/p4Xncq-am Have an amazing day!
October 25th, 2014 at 5:28 am
Hello, I found your blog today while doing further research on my ancestors surname Miracle which is a ” surname of Anglesey Wales”, and I was looking into the ancestral beliefs and lives and found your blog. I’ve been on this spiritual and personal journey for quite awhile now and I’m excited too learn and gather insight. I’m really enjoying your writings and I’m feeling drawn closer to (home). I hope this makes some sense. 🙂
October 25th, 2014 at 8:37 am
Thank you! I gather Welsh surnames are a tad complicated once you get back before forced Anglicization. Fascinating stuff, though.
February 24th, 2015 at 12:57 pm
Hi, I did review your books When a pagan prays and Druidry and Meditation in Dutch on my facebookpage ‘Yggdrasil, info over Paganisme’ and posted a link to your blog there as well. I hope that is fine with you.
I enjoyed reading them and found them very inspiring. Especially the one about meditation spoke to me.
Blessed Be, Jack Stoop
February 24th, 2015 at 1:07 pm
That’s wonderful, thank you!
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November 15th, 2016 at 2:18 pm
I recently wrote to compliment you for your wonderful WitchVox article. So guess how delighted I was to discover your inspiring and enlightening Druid Life website. I am the former Christian pastor who has become intensely interested in Paganism, Wicca and Druidry. So I want to compliment you again for being a fantastic source of information. Thank you.
November 15th, 2016 at 3:14 pm
Hello! If you have questions that can be answered in blog posts, I’m very happy to do that…
August 2nd, 2017 at 1:32 pm
I’m currently reading one of your books (Spirituality without Structure bought on Google Play Books) and felt the urge to come here to thank you for your compassionate contribution! I’ve experienced an insight somewhat recently which has seen me go from being a stubborn atheist (what I call my ‘Atheist Adolescence’) to a …. hmmm… I don’t know what, but not that. It was in the spur of that ‘I don’t know what’ that made me seek out the in-between ‘religions’ – those that just didn’t fit with any of the others – because that’s where I am: I just don’t fit. Or rather I could fit in any of them – because part of that insight made me realize they’re all saying the same thing.
I had come across your blog before (thoroughly enjoyed your Steampunk Druids btw!) and it was your rebeliousness that made me search for your books. I was looking for your definition/understanding of Druidry – but came across the ‘Spirituality without Structure’ which seems to have answered that question (or questioned that answer) and mine in more ways than I’d expected!
So, with all the power two words can convey,
August 2nd, 2017 at 4:23 pm
Many thanks for this. This kind of feedback is what keeps me going, and I really appreciate it.
August 4th, 2017 at 2:48 pm
Hello again Nimue,
I hope you are well today 🙂
I’ve just finished your book and feel cajoled but cautioned – you say yourself “The vague suggestion of how to create a path in this book offers little by way of ease and comfort”. I feel a need to criticise the book, but in noticing that, I realize that need stems from my own misaligned expectations of the book – and then your advice chimes in and I see that I was looking for some kind of ready-made answer: I’m fairly sure you can perceive the absence satiety one might feel when approaching a book expecting to read “How to create your own spirituality/religion” and seeing the answer is “Figure it out for yourself”. But that lack of satiety, as I said, is my own fault. So you won’t hear any more criticism from me!
I did want to bring your attention to two minor errors in the text however: page 61-62, you use “populous” instead of “populace”, and page 82-83 you have a sentence beginning “We none of us know what happens after death, […]”
I’ve got to say you’ve piqued my curiosity with your understanding/usage of “Pagan” as a sort of umbrella label for “everyone whose religion doesn’t fit anywhere else” – in which case Paganism should be a fast growing demographic indeed! That being said I am tempted to get another of your books just to try to understand how you reconcile your apparently rational and grounded perspective of reality with the practice of rituals and invocations or whatever it is that Druids do… (so to that end, any book on Druidry by yourself will help in figuring that out – any particular recommendation?). Because that’s my struggle right now – drawn to a ‘practice’ but can’t help but feel foolish whenever I try a ritual (a wrongual?). I think I may be still too immature and grasping for the wrong things. Hmmm, yes. A re-read is in order.
Well, I will sign-off here with another heartfelt thank you.
I hope you enjoy your weekend!
August 7th, 2017 at 10:28 am
Hello Andrew, thank you for sharing your experiences of what I’ve written, I find this also very helpful. I’ve never written a book on ritual, because ritual is something i struggle with. Pagan Dreaming is probably my best title in terms of balancing the magical and the rational – that and when A Pagan Prays, but neither are how to books really 🙂 (This probably doesn’t come as a surprise)
August 22nd, 2017 at 8:24 am
Hi again Nimue, I wanted to share with you my thoughts on magic and ritual as I’ve been trying to figure it out and I humbly hope it might help you in your own approach? Please share your thoughts and your own perspective if you have the time:
Warm regards and may the Awen continue its beautiful work through you!
August 22nd, 2017 at 8:56 am
Hello Andrew, I’ve got some thoughts about magic here – https://druidlife.wordpress.com/category/magic-2/ and some ritual thoughts here – https://druidlife.wordpress.com/category/ritual-2/ If what you’re after is magic and ritual together, i will give that some thought and hopefully have something for next week.
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March 2nd, 2018 at 4:15 am
Hello, Nimue. I just wanted to make you aware that I have reviewed one of your books in German: http://tinderness.blog/2018/03/01/der-mutige-weg-mittendurch/ Thanks for your thoughts!
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