This is the website for the annual Leaping Hare convention, which is held every spring in Colchester, Essex, Britain. We will update this site with information about each forthcoming convention, as well as featuring reviews of previous years.
The 2013 convention went remarkably well and I think those attending will agree that the standard of talks and workshops was very high this year. We'd like to thank Cilla, Ferdiad, the Tribal Dancers, Kris, Terry, Sam, Fiona, Clan Ogma, and Luthaneal for all their sterling performances. Our thanks go to all the volunteers on the day ~ particularly Di for coordinating everything, John for manning the door, Terry for emceeing, Tony for taxiing speakers about, Libby for booking the stalls, Barry for opening the day, and Venetia for advertising the event. It is particularly noteworthy that several of our volunteers were dealing with bereavements and other personal tragedies in the run up to the day, but still turned up and did their bit ~ Pagan True Grit! We would also like to thank the stallholders, readers, and of course the people who attended on the day for making the whole event so enjoyable. Details of the amounts raised and where the donations will go will be announced in a few weeks time, after our brains have recovered.
If you would like to book a stall (please note they tend to sell out quite a few months in advance), offer your skills as a speaker/performer for the 2014 event on March 29th, or purchase a ticket then please email me firstname.lastname@example.org
This site was last updated on 15th January 2014
Tickets are also available from Diane on 01206 331183.
Samantha Marks' talk ~ The Temple of Elen. tbc
Mara' Acomas talk ~ The Hidden World; Exploring Spiritual Ideas Through Photography. If I were to die tomorrow and become a ghost, what would I do? Where would I go? How do you explore ideas and concepts that you have no words to describe? 'The Ghost Project' is a photographic exploration of these questions, and Mara Acoma's talk guides us through her photographic work.
Jonathan Woolley's talk ~ An English Mythology. In essence I am going to provide a crash course in the anthropology of myth (Levi-Strauss, Gell etc.) and apply those insights to the idea of an "English Mythology" as described by Tolkien.
Paul Sykes's talk ~ The Beasts of Middle Earth. We live in the same place as our ancestors, the same fields and hedgerows, even a few of the forests remain. However, our mindset is far removed from the world of Middle Earth over a 1000 years ago when great beasts such as the Wild Auroch roamed the plains with the Great Elk and the mythical dragon or wyrm was not so mythical and preyed on man and beast alike. Magic was an everyday part of their life and the Land Wights held sway over the barren places. So much so that ships approaching Iceland for the first time removed their dragon prows so as not to scare them.
Willow's drum' music ~ We are singer-songwriters Lyz le fay and Mark Barnard. We play an eclectic mix of traditional, world and modern folk songs ~ a lot written by us. We have just finished recording our second album, 'The Wheel of Odin', a CD consisting of 12 songs all powerful in their own right. The songs depict the wheel of the year. each one having its own place with the seasons and sabbats.
Sheena Cundy's talk ~ The Magic of Nature is an oracle card deck based on British wildlife for spiritual and healing guidance. Inspired by the spirit of the Crone, the cards were created with the intention to connect with this magical thread of wisdom and weave it into everyday life.
Clan Ogma storytellers - will be performing the British myth of 'Tale of the Tor' with optional singalong (if you've never seen them before, it's safer not to ask).
Drumming workshop - Sam's ever popular workshop will teach you how to use drumming for mystical purposes ~ please bring your own drum, if possible.
Bast workshop - tbc