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JENNY CATALANO’S BLOG FOR CELTIC NATIONS MAGAZINE

Jenny Catalano is a children’s writer and illustrator. She lives in Eastern Australia where she is inspired by the natural environment and drawn to ancient worlds through her family history.

 


Beltane Blessings from the Southern Hemisphere.

Deanne White Beltane Fire Community Festival (South East Queensland, Australia) “Come one, come all to gather by the fire and celebrate – as our ancestors did many moons ago. For it is Beltane! A time of great celebration and joy,…
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A Wee Book of Symbols by Dave Migman

If you ever wanted to dig into mystic symbols from Scottish, Viking and beyond, this is the perfect booklet for you. A most enjoyable read full of interesting notes from classic and original designs taken from the author’s sketchbook. Stone…
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Mythologie Candles Review

Mystical Autumn – Fall Collection is just what the crone ordered… As I redraft my manuscript I have been working on these candles take my breathe away and immerse the soul. The smells allow for deeper thought while I write…
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—Familie Allianse—

Team work was needed in ancient times as it is today: Whether it be exploring new lands, keeping a longship crew in sync or facing enemies in a shield wall! Family team work was required to develop this interesting, new…
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Join the Most Viking-est Adventure! (ever)

Velda hi-jacked the “Mangy Mutt” longboat from Rollo, but didn’t approve of the name. The only way to change a Viking ship name is to get a little girl to pee in the bilge! Wait… What? Velda the Awesomest Viking:…
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Growing New Shoots from Pagan Roots…

“No harvest is had without the seed first being sewn” King Olaf Trygyvisson’s Saga Ch.8 And the seed Canadian-born author, Jennifer Hartman has sewn will continue traditions of her Norse ancestry. She will feed minds with lasting nourishment into the…
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ARGYLL TO AUSTRALIA

The head of Loch Gilp: Lochgilphead, a small town is where the story begins. Seeped in Celtic history from cairns to castles, my Mackay ancestors (5 generation back) then sailed on to remote tropical rainforests of Queensland mid 1890s, after the death…
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Pictish Culture Alive and Well…

Not only is the history of the Pict tribes attracting interest because of their mysterious past, so is Hamish Lamley’s passion on BBC television! “Leatherwork is my connection to the past. It is my way to solve problems as our…
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Inspired by St. Brighid

Behind the artwork of the Rowan Tree… Earlier this year I came across a submission open for creatives to send work to be chosen in the “Voices of the Grove: Beltane 2021-2022 The Call of Brighid” journal-diary (Volume two in…
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Meet a Grandma with Royal Flair!

Marg Gibbs, Australian Children’s Author shares her thoughts and insight into Self-Publishing and more. The last 6-8 months I have been conversing, creating and connecting with Marg in a poetry anthology called Kingdom of Rooms – Poems for Children Who…
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Ronan and the Mermaid

  Buy Now On Amazon Rónán and the Mermaid by Marianne McShane 2020Review by Jenny CatalanoA resurgence of Old Ireland gets unearthed in the beautiful picture book, Ronan and the Mermaid. Be swept away into another world of mystery and…
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