I was familiar with the bulk of Patricia Monaghan's work
before reading her latest labor of love. She had become one of my favorite
authors years before my tenure as co-editor of the women's feminist
spirituality quarterly, The Beltane Papers, of which she was a member of the
Advisory Cuuncil. I often turned to her works (and still do) always
well-researched and written in an easy, conversational style, as a reference
source for my own works. For anyone interested in the history of Irish or
Goddess spirituality or Goddesslore, The Red-Haired Girl from the Bog, is an
absolute joy to read and fascinating in its wealth of information.
Born from the requests of friends for travel
recommendations in Ireland,
The Red-Haired Girl from the Bog is also interspersed with respectful
explorations of Irish culture and politics. Through witty anecdotes about her
friends and the new people she meets in her travels, Patricia conveys to us the
history of a people thousands of years old at once lyrical and modern. Her mindful
and understandable accounts of Pagan and Catholic/Protestant viewpoints coupled
with historical theory were both comprehensive and compelling to this reader,
reminding me of a long time friend, residing in England who surprised many with a
seemingly opposite switch from Catholicism to Druidry.
Sometimes dismissed as mere travel memoir, The Red-Haired
Girl from the Bog is much more. This is book for patrons of the Goddess, Pagans
and Christians alike, as well as fans of Ireland.
and her mythology. In her
easy going, conversational style, Patricia shares with her readers personal
insights, mingled with vivid storytelling of Celtic myth and mystical places
that not only speak to her readers. Her narratives, delivered with such clarity
and wit, can make readers long to visit and search those fog shrouded dells and
sunlit landscapes of the past for The Morrigan's Cave, the Mountains of
Cailleach, the Paps of Anu or the annual ritual of re-lighting Bridgit's sacred
flame at Kildare.
Patricia Monaghan writes about her journeys with such
resonance and clarity, that her story becomes one of those rare books that
enjoys the rare quality of taking her readers along for the journey,
accomplishing what only the best writers can. This newest volume is decorated
with such imagery, history and spirit that The Red-Haired Girl from the Bog
becomes an epistle that enriches the soul and feeds the spirit and one that no Goddesslore
library should be without.
The Red-Haired Girl from the Bog, published by
<a href= http:// http://www.newworldlibrary.com/> New World Library </a>,
is available at bookstores, or directly from the publisher by phone at 1-800-972-6657 ext. 52.
For more information about Patricia Monaghan,
her work and lecture and tour schedules, you can visit her website located at