The Tale of Dru the Windsmith

‘When the monks of Wilmington had finished building their priory they set about their next task – to construct a windmill. For they had much good land thereabouts, and from it they reaped fine grain – and so they needed a mill to grind it, to make their flour, to bake their bread. ‘The prior, […]

Volume One: The Long Woman

An antiquarian’s widow discovers her husband’s lost journals and sets out on a journey of remembrance across 1920s England and France, retracing his steps in search of healing and independence. Along alignments of place and memory she meets mystic Dion Fortune, leyline-pioneer Alfred Watkins and a Sir Arthur Conan Doyle obsessed with the Cottingley Fairies. […]


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Shadow-World: The World of The Windsmith Elegy

Map of Hypereurus The Windsmith Elegy is set on Earth between 1899-1939 and Shadow World, a Secondary World consisting of four main domains, named after the Cardinal Winds: Hyper-Eurus; Hyper-Zephyrus; Hyper-Notus; and Hyper-Borea. Philosophical/Theological ideas behind Shadow-World: Manichaeism The prophet Mani, founder of Manichaeism, imagined that the world was once divided between a kingdom of […]

Volume Four: The Burning Path

Three strangers meet in a nameless desert and must come to terms with their past before they can escape it: a First World War airman; an American aviatrix of the Thirties; and a French poet of the skies from the Second World War. They are the lost of history and must go into the desert […]


The Amesbury Archer The Windsmith Elegy features a wide cast of characters, some real, some imaginary, in the spirit of Walter Savage Landor’s ‘Imaginary Conversations’. The novels they appear in are listed in abbreviations: The Long Woman (TLW); Windsmith (WS); The Well Under the Sea (WuS); The Burning Path (TBP); The Wounded Kingdom (TWK). NB […]


The Windsmith Elegy is based largely on Celtic Mythology. There may be some terms that are unfamiliar to the lay reader and, having used my artistic license, I have interpreted them in my own way, so here’s a glossary to hopefully clear matters up! Many words are Welsh and to help, here’s a brief guide […]