Left: These are the rusty red circles of the Vesica Pool at Chalice Well in Glastonbury – the inspiration behind my imagined scrying pool in Morgana’s secret garden, in which she sees terrifying visions of the future – our future.
Left: ‘South Cadbury Castle’, one of the favoured sites for Camelot, is in fact the site of an ancient hill fort that dates back to the Dark Ages – and which may well have been the stronghold of a dux bellorum, the inspiration behind the stories of King Arthur. Now it is just a green, grassy, flat-topped hill in private ownership. In the background, 10 miles away and barely discernible, is Glastonbury Tor, the two sites linked by ‘Arthur’s hunting causeway’. It is said that you can sometimes see them at night, and hear the sounds of the hunt.
Left: ‘Merlin’s tomb’ in the Foret de Paimpont in Brittany. This is thought to be the site of the great Forest of Broceliande where the knights encountered magical beings and had many great adventures. Even today the site is littered with votive offerings and messages to Merlin, illustrating the powerful hold Arthurian legend still holds after almost a thousand years.