I went to Tampere, Finland last weekend to meet up with the author Mikael Davies. He writes modern fairy tales set in a world half way between the dark Finnish forests and the woodlands of Devon. A very inspiring trip, I hope I will return.
Mike introduced me to Kalevala, a 19th century work of epic poetry. The story begins with the traditional Finnish creation myth.... the creation of the earth, plants, creatures and the sky.
|The Defence of the Sampo, Tempera 1896|
The illustrations by Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931) took me to another world, after a week back in England I feel as though part of me is still there in that landscape.
|Pirkanmaa park in Tampere|
|cardamon doughnut and coffee|
|view from the doughnut tower|
|smoked salmon, small white fish(!), grilled veg & garlic sauce from the market|