Posted by: Philip Carr-Gomm | June 6, 2008

Elves, Extreme Eccentricity & Opera

We’ve just published the eight research papers of the Order’s annual Mount Haemus Award, covering the years from 2000 to 2007. At first glance the collection may seem a little dry and academic, but lurking in these pages are elves and fairies, extreme eccentricity, insights into Celtic lore and mystical sexuality, and even – heaven forbid! – opera. The book is privately published – so not available in shops – but it can be bought online at the OBOD bookstore at

At our Druid camps we get people to turn up on time for talks in the Great Yurt by standing outside and shouting “No-one is allowed in this yurt. Entry is forbidden! Do not come to the talk that is beginning now!” From every direction rebellious folk come running.

Perhaps I should say the same thing here? Do not buy this book! Clicking on this link is forbidden!


  1. Sounds absolutely fascinating and delicious – and I can’t resist a little bit of rebellion – so I toddled off and ordered it :)… (reverse psychology works a treat!) oh I’m sooo predictable 😉

    Looking forward very much to reading it!

  2. Aha! The cunning plan worked!! 🙂

  3. Well I have finished reading your essay Philip and it was incredibly enlightening – the relevance to the Bardic study is immense (and for me the timing is very spooky indeed!!!) I mustn’t go into detail on here as others may not have read it yet and I don’t want to spoil it for them – but it was like a big gulp of fresh (mid)summer air!

    I’m going to start at the beginning of the book now and see what other gems of wisdom and insight it has hiding within its covers 🙂

  4. So glad Jane!

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