My day has been made again today by having been stopped twice by people who have fallen in love with The Bardic Monk.
‘He is a beautiful character,’ said one of them. ‘In spite of his funny looks!’ Considering he is regarded by some of the other characters as a changeling, and the description of him by Walter Map is so unkind, I think that ‘funny looks’ is a bit of an understatement.
But I will not complain, since the compliment to the character is also one for me, and though I know it is a small book, and will probably only ever find a small readership, due to my love of obscure material, I feel immensely happy about the quality of feedback I have received about it.
The second person asked me whether I had ever spent time in a monastery of any sort, since the description of the Bardic Monk’s early life there, struck such a chord of genuine awareness of the conditions. The truth is of course, I have never spent time in a monastery. I visited Buckfast Abbey in Devon and saw round the place with a monk as guide once, a long time ago, but as for the life they live, I only know what I know from research of course.
Sometime in the next couple of days I will write about Banjo, the wonderful book of poetry by Samantha Wynne Rhydderch whose work is not only well researched but amazingly descriptive and a total joy to have beside the bed.