Join A Drink with the Idler for a discussion about the role of myths and storytelling in the modern world with celebrated mythologist, wilderness guide, and writer, Martin Shaw.
We’ll be talking to Dr Martin Shaw about his new book, Smoke Hole. As Martin writes, “In Siberian myth, when you want to hurt someone, you crawl into their tent and close the smoke hole. That way God can’t seem them. Close the smoke hole and you break connection to the divine world.” Martin’s new book offers a path forward that we might use to look through the smoke hole and find a new vision: he shows how, in a world of fake news, crises, addiction, social media, and loneliness, myths can be both guides and allies.
We’ll have philosophical insight from Dr Mark Vernon and the discussion will be followed by a live Q&A. Your host will be Idler Academy director Victoria Hull.
A Drink with the Idler is free for Idler magazine and Academy members.
It is an online event. Bring your friends. It should be like meeting up in the pub for an interesting conversation. We leave the meeting open at the end so you can carry on chatting.
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. Martin 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. Martin’s 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 Smoke Hole, 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. In Martin’s most recent podcast series, called the Smoke Hole Sessions, the writer chatted to an array of artist, writers, activists, musicians and more about the themes and topics arising out of his new book.
Tom Hodgkinson is editor of the Idler and author of the best-selling manuals, How to be Idle and How to be Free. Other books include a book on parenting, the Ukulele Handbook and a manual for creative entrepreneurs, Business for Bohemians.
Dr Mark Vernon is a psychotherapist, writer, broadcaster and teacher. He presents several Idler Academy online courses including courses on Ancient and Modern Philosophy, Psychotherapy and Dante. He has a PhD in philosophy, and degrees in theology and physics. His most recent books include – The Idler Guide To Ancient Philosophy (Idler Books), Love: All That Matters (Hodder) and Jung: How To Believe (Guardian Shorts) – and he has books on friendship, belief and the good life too. Mark can often be heard on Moral Maze. He began his professional life as a priest in the Church of England.
Victoria Hull is director of The Idler Academy producing the Idler’s live and online events and courses.
Testimonials from A Drink with the Idler
Drinks with the idler have kept me sane in the need for a better quality conversation each week.
A simple heartfelt thank you; I cannot tell you how much I am enjoying Thursday evenings as part of the Idler community. Never has a subscription yielded such brain nourishing pleasure.
Short yet so sweet, delightful and interesting …uplifting intelligent conversation. I feel so happy to have stumbled upon The Idler. I bow to you all☺️⭐️
Drinks with the Idler has turned out to be one of our lifelines! Such fun, wonderful commentary by you and the remarkable Mark, not to mention the delightful Victoria.
Thanks for Thursday nights! I wish I’d caught onto them sooner. I’ve so loved being able to hear & absorb so many voices & ideas. Definitely they are a tonic for melancholia!
Another fabulous session at the Idler bar, lively discussion and thoughtful insights 🙂 It continues to be brilliant with such a great breadth of topics.
One hour is not long enough!!!
It all feels very intimate and immediate, possibly more so than were all 200 of us there in person. I walked out of my shed (where I watched it) feeling mentally refreshed, inspired and intellectually satisfied!
I just want to say how very much I look forward to the Idler drink each week. All your guests are so interesting and funny, and completely hit the spot for me on so many levels. I sit hiding in our bedroom, the only quiet place in the house, with red wine, and pad and pen to quickly scribble down bits and bobs that I’d like to look up afterwards.
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A Drink with the Idler has brought us a weekly hour of sanity and joy for the past 4 months – thank you so much for offering this wonderful gathering – the guests have been brilliant and we feel fortunate that Zoom and the lockdown have allowed us to participate in the craic from Seattle!
Fulfilling and inspiring talk …It means so much that you host these events.
Thank you – so enjoyed it! Online sharing is so good – opening doors in all sorts and kinds of quarters. Up the Idler Revolution!
Date: Thursday 26 May
Location: Online via Zoom link
Cost: £7.50. Free for Idler members. SUBSCRIBE NOW
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