Liberty Realm features a full-length essay by Dr Robert J Wallis especially commissioned for the publication. Below is an excerpt and further information about the author.
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ENTANGLED – WITHIN THE LIBERTY REALM OF CATHY WARD

A black void dominates the centre. The gaze of this unblinking, lidless eye is difficult to avoid. It draws me in for a closer look. The tendrils of some alien, sticky thread circumvent the void, and these projections rotate into points, teeth-like, all consuming. Hirsute strands egress from the central mouth and contort their way across the picture plane. Captivated by the spectacle before me, the yawning black sun has now taken on massive proportions and appears to pulsate spasmodically in some hitherto unknown astronomical event. Object becomes event. Following the threads of a journey, I pass writhing worm-cast and turd-like forms, get ensnared in nets and skeins, and descend into swirling black holes. The seething mass of ever-replicating filaments becomes dizzyingly, exquisitely alive, and after losing myself in this vision for a time, like gazing into a scryer’s dark crystal sphere of rutilated quartz, I return to the centre, to the yawning dark void, which continues to stare back, unfathomable, ambivalent and stark.

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Dr Robert J. Wallis is a scholar, academic, pagan and falconer. He is interested in the archaeology and anthropology of visual culture, particularly in animist communities with shamans, and the re-presentation of the past in the present, especially by contemporary pagans. He has authored, co-authored or co-edited six books, including Shamans / neo-Shamans: Ecstasy, Alternative Archaeologies and Contemporary Pagans (Routledge 2003), Historical Dictionary of Shamanism (with Graham Harvey, Scarecrow Press 2007) and Sacred Sites, Contested Rites/Rights: Pagan Engagements with Archaeological Monuments (with Jenny Blain, Sussex Academic Press 2007). As Professor of Visual Culture at Richmond University, the American International University in London, he co-ordinates the MA in Art History and Visual Culture. He is currently working on a monograph examining the perceived interface between shamanism and art from prehistory to the present (to be published by AltaMira). As a Heathen, he has co-authored the manual Galdrbok: Practical Heathen Runecraft, Shamanism and Magic (Wykeham Press 2005) and co-founded the Ulfhednr Companions based in Hampshire. He has written articles on the Edwardian artist and occultist Austin Osman Spare for the Jerusalem Press, ‘Loki the Pervert God’ and the plant Mugwort in Anglo-Saxon magic for Strange Attractor journal, as well as contributions to The Wanton Green: Contemporary Pagan Writings on Place (Mandrake Press), The Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies, White Dragon, The Druid’s Voice, 3rd Stone and British Archaeology. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute and a member of the British Falconers’ Club and South East Falconry Group.