Martin Shaw - Author

About the Author

Dr Martin Shaw is an acclaimed teacher of myth. Author of the award-winning Mythteller trilogy (A Branch from the Lightning Tree, Snowy Tower, Scatterlings), he founded the Oral Tradition and Mythic Life courses at Stanford University, and is director of the Westcountry School of Myth in the UK. He has introduced thousands of people to mythology and how it penetrates modern life. For twenty years Shaw has been a wilderness rites of passage guide, working with at-risk youth, those who are unwell, returning veterans as well as many women and men seeking a deeper life. His translations of Gaelic poetry and folklore (with Tony Hoagland) have been published in Orion magazine, Poetry International, Kenyon Review, Poetry magazine and Mississippi Review. Shaw's most recent books include The Night Wages, Cinderbiter, Wolf Milk, Courting the Wild Twin, All Those Barbarians, Wolferland and his Lorca translations, Courting the Dawn (with Stephan Harding). His essay and conversation with Ai Weiwei on myth and migration was released by the Marciano Art Foundation.

Featured books by Martin Shaw

Smoke Hole

Smoke Hole

Author: Martin Shaw Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/05/2021

A small thought-provoking book that holds huge impact, I recommend opening your heart and mind and letting the stories in. Martin Shaw, author, mythologist, and wilderness guide, describes himself as a teacher of old stories and a guide into deep places, which resonates profoundly with the contents of this book. He invites us to step into three stories and register, in fact, properly absorb their meaning. If you have an interest in stories, if you currently look around you and feel that there is something missing in your world, then allow yourself to fall through the layers of the story and explore. He mentions that he’s always written for those at a crossroads, and that now he finds we’re all at one, Smoke Hole is his attempt to meet one infection with another: beauty. I found myself nodding in agreement, his words make sense as does the way he sees the world. I enjoyed the way he brought meaning to the stories, he encourages you burrow and hunt and search before then letting the stories sit in their own glory and be truly themselves. Smoke Hole is a wonder of a book, beautiful in itself, and in what it encourages you to find, to be. I absolutely adored it. 

Other books by Martin Shaw

Courting the Wild Twin

Courting the Wild Twin

Author: Martin Shaw Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/03/2020

'Terrifically strange and thrilling. One for all you storytellers.' -Melissa Harrison, author of All Among the Barley The business of stories is not enchantment. The business of stories is not escape. The business of stories is waking up. Courting the Wild Twin is a book of literary activism-an antidote to the shallow thinking that typifies our age. It challenges us to wake up, to revive our 'condition of wondering' and examine our broken relationship with the world. We need to think boldly, wildly and in new ways about ourselves, as individuals and as a collective, to confront modern challenges with purpose, courage and creativity. After all, stories are our secret weapons-and they might just save us. In Courting the Wild Twin, acclaimed scholar and mythologist Martin Shaw unravels two ancient European fairy tales concerning the mysterious 'wild twin' located deep inside all of us. By reading these tales and becoming storytellers ourselves, he challenges us to confront modern life with purpose, courage, and creativity. Shaw summons the reader to the 'ragged edge of the dark wood' to seek out this estranged, exiled self-the part we generally shun or ignore to conform to societal norms-and invite it back into our consciousness. If there was something we were meant to do with our few, brief years on Earth, we can be sure that our wild twin is holding the key.

AI Weiwei: Life Cycle

AI Weiwei: Life Cycle

Author: Martin Shaw Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/04/2019

AI Weiwei: Life Cycle by Martin Shaw

Matthew in Your Pocket

Matthew in Your Pocket

Author: Martin Shaw Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/05/2017

Matthew in Your Pocket by Martin Shaw

What is Genocide?

What is Genocide?

Author: Martin Shaw Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/04/2015

This fully revised edition of Martin Shaw s classic, award-winning text proposes a way through the intellectual confusion surrounding genocide. In a thorough account of the idea s history, Shaw considers its origins and development and its relationships to concepts like ethnic cleansing and politicide. Offering a radical critique of the existing literature on genocide, he argues that what distinguishes genocide from more legitimate warfare is that the enemies targeted are groups and individuals of a civilian character. He vividly illustrates his argument with a wide range of historical examples - from the Holocaust to Rwanda and Palestine to Yugoslavia - and shows how the question What is genocide? matters politically whenever populations are threatened by violence. The second edition of this compelling book will continue to spark interest and vigorous debate, appealing to students and scholars across the social sciences and in international law.

The New Western Way of War

The New Western Way of War

Author: Martin Shaw Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/04/2005

In this new work, Martin Shaw charts the development of a new warfare, after Vietnam, through the Falklands, the Gulf, Kosovo and Afghanistan, and argues that, in Iraq and the War on Terror, the USA has consistently flouted the key rules that enabled Western states to fight these earlier wars successfully.

War and Genocide

War and Genocide

Author: Martin Shaw Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/05/2003

This comprehensive introduction to the study of war and genocide presents a disturbing case that the potential for slaughter is deeply rooted in the political, economic, social and ideological relations of the modern world. Most accounts of war and genocide treat them as separate phenomena. This book thoroughly examines the links between these two most inhuman of human activities. It shows that the generally legitimate business of war and the monstrous crime of genocide are closely related. This is not just because genocide usually occurs in the midst of war, but because genocide is a form of war directed against civilian populations. The book shows how fine the line has been, in modern history, between a degenerate wara involving the mass destruction of civilian populations, and a genocidea , the deliberate destruction of civilian groups as such. Written by one of the foremost sociological writers on war, War and Genocide has four main features: ? an original argument about the meaning and causes of mass killing in the modern world; ? a guide to the main intellectual resources -- military, political and social theories -- necessary to understand war and genocide; ? summaries of the main historical episodes of slaughter, from the trenches of the First World War to the Nazi Holocaust and the killing fields of Cambodia, Bosnia and Rwanda; ? practical guides to further reading, courses and websites. This book examines war and genocide together with their opposites, peace and justice. It looks at them from the standpoint of victims as well as perpetrators. It is an important book for anyone wanting to understand -- and overcome -- the continuing salience of destructive forces in modern society.

Politics and Globalisation

Politics and Globalisation

Author: Martin Shaw Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/10/1999

Globalisation is widely understood as a set of processes driven by technological, economic and cultural change. Few have successfully defined the changing character and role of politics in global change. Political institutions such as the nation-state have been seen as undermined by globalisation, or needing to respond to it. This book clarifies the tensions which global change has provoked in our understanding of politics. Politics and Globalisation suggests that globalisation is a process which is politically contested and even politically constituted. The volume presents five key intellectual and political contests in globalisation: * the extent and political significance of globalising changes in economy and society * how and how far the relations and forms of nation-state organisation are transformed * whether the given concepts and methods of political science as a discipline can be applied to global and regional politics, and whether they require radical reformulation; * the role and significance of ethical questions in global change * whether global change is constituted by, or denies, radical political agency

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