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A Writer’s Notebook – Gothic musings, Joan Grant

I have a new story in my mind. This one is dark and Gothic. I am soaking up the atmosphere of nineteenth century Australia and letting my imagination carry me to new places. My Irish heritage no doubt has much  to do with this. I found an old trunk as a child on the verandah of my grandmother’s house is Caringbah, in NSW Australia, a place close to the largest ocean in the world. The trunk was filled with books: Girls Own Annuals from the early twentieth century and books about Ireland, all magical. I don’t know who they once belonged to, probably an older cousin. I can still recall the joy of searching through those books on a hot, still afternoon, with the scent of eucalypt drifting on the breeze.  The books have long since gone to other homes but I still have one:  The Little Good People, Folk Tales of Ireland by Kathleen Foyle, pictured by Peter Fraser,  which was published in 1949. As a small child this book enthralled me: changelings, the little goose girl, a magic lake, the sowing of heartsease, lepruchans and fairies.

Another book I found some years ago that I love is Speaking from the Heart a selection of unpublished writings by Joan Grant and edited by Nicola Bennett, Jane Lahr and Sophia Rosoff is a book that is a success on every level; spiritual, practical and clarity of writing. I first discovered the writings of Joan Grant nearly thirty years ago when I read her autobiography Far Memory and her Far Memory novels based on her ability to recall earlier lives. The strength of Joan’s spirit shines through Speaking from the Heart’ and includes descriptions of her Edwardian childhood, the discovery of her unique gifts in recalling past lives, psychometry and her personal ethics for living. The book gives the reader a clear, richly evocative description of past life regression work, the supra physical and death and contains the wisdom of many lifetimes. Joan Grant was a woman of great compassion, humour, and unique psychic ability, a woman I did not meet in this lifetime and certainly hope to meet in my next lifetime.  If you should read Speaking from the Heart I’m sure you will want to discover more about this remarkable woman and the gifts she has left us in her other books. Jane Lahr is the daughter of Bert Lahr, the Cowardly Lion, in the Wizard of Oz.

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Speaking from the Heart by Joan Grant

 
I speak by email with Jane Lahr, a spiritual person, who was a great friend of Joan Grant. Jane is the daughter of Bert Lahr who played the cowardly lion in The Wizard of Oz , 2014 is the seventieth anniversary of this wonderful film. I have a connection to this film in that my daughter first ‘trod the boards’ with a local reparatory group, when she played the role of Dorothy, and  also with Oz being a name we use for our own country of Australia the connection is double; what more lovely song in all the world is there than Somewhere over the Rainbow and also the lesser known song,  Evening Star. Jane Lahr is the editor of The Celtic Quest, An Anthology from Merlin to Van Morrison (Welcome Books)a window into a world of magic, mystery and adventure. It is a beautiful book, richly illustrated, which illustrates the beauty, diversity and craftsmanship of Celtic art – including paintings, drawings, metalwork and photographs. Each image is selected to enhance the literary selection it accompanies. It includes literature drawn from the works of William Butler Yeats, and many more writers and poets.  Structured according to the Celtic lunar calendar, The Celtic Quest is divided into three sections: Song, Sword and Star. Song: reveals the Celt’s deep reverence for nature, Sword: reflects the passage of time, and Star: focuses on the Druidic beliefs in reincarnation, shape-shifting, and shamanic practises. Jane Lahr is the editor of Searching for Mary Magdalene: A Journey through Art and Literature (Welcome Books) and coeditor of the best-selling anthology Love: A Celebration in Art and Literature (Stewart, Tabori and Chang). Continue reading

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