Month: July 2015

Garth Nix Workshop: @garthnix presents at @asauthors

Garth Nix Workshop: @garthnix presents at @asauthors

A great write-up of a course I attended yesterday – Garth was incredibly generous with his time and advice!

Doctor Who Rewatch: Flatline Review

Doctor Who Rewatch: Flatline Review

This is Jamie Mathieson’s second episode, and it is also enormously fun, adventurous and inventive. Flatline sees the TARDIS, with The Doctor trapped inside, shrink and Clara take up The Doctor mantle. There are some suitably nasty aliens, and one suitable nasty human, and some…

Poem: The King Sends Three Cats to Gwenivere by Marjorie Allen Seiffert

Poem: The King Sends Three Cats to Gwenivere by Marjorie Allen Seiffert

I have always been obsessed with the historical Merlin and Arthur and devour Arthurian literature and pop culture. I am currently researching Welsh legend and history for a Merlin verse novel set in Dark Ages Wales, and found this truly wonderful, but creepy verse poem. What do you think and what are your favourite Arthurian poems?

The King Sends Three Cats to Gwenivere

Marjorie Allen Seiffert

Queen Guinevere
Three sleek and silent cats
Bring you gifts from me.

The first is a grey one,
(I wanted a white one,
I could not find one snowy enough
Queen Guinevere,)
He brings you purple grapes.

The second is a grey one,
(I wanted a sleek one,
Where could I find one sleek enough
Queen Guinevere?)
He brings you a red apple.

The third one, too, is grey.
(I wanted a black one,
Not Hate itself could find one black enough,
Queen Guinevere,)
He brings you poison toadstools.

I sent you three grey cats with gifts—
(For uniformity of metaphor,
Since Bacchus, Satan, and the Hangman
Are not contemporaneous in my mythology)
I send you three grey cats with gifts,
Queen Guinevere,
To warn you, sleekly, silently,
To pay the forfeit.