Feral Words

Blog posts/essays & photos by William A. Young, linking travel, hiking, mythology, and some associated odds-and-ends

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Announcing a new project

It’s been a while since I have posted on this blog. I have been away, working on a project connected to the old Celtic legends of the Anglo-Scottish Borderland – … Continue reading

October 18, 2022 · Leave a comment

‘Merlin’s Valley’ on the Upper Tweed : Field-guide

In the course of my journeys around Britain and Ireland I’ve had the good fortune to come across some wonderful places that aren’t hugely well-known. I thought I’d start posting … Continue reading

January 4, 2016 · 25 Comments

The Isles of Life & Death

‘Under the earth I go, On the oak leaf I stand, I ride on the filly that was never foaled, And I carry the dead in my hand.’   These … Continue reading

December 28, 2015 · 13 Comments

Frost Flowers – Unfolding a New Project

“Let the lesson be – to be yourselves… And to make that worth being” Hugh MacDiarmid (translated from Old Scots into English) Most flowers blossom for weeks on end. The … Continue reading

October 29, 2015 · 13 Comments


This is Scotland. This is what we do 🙂 Last winter, between Christmas and New Year, my brother and I took a wander out into the highlands. We caught the … Continue reading

July 26, 2015 · 3 Comments


I’ve been away for a little while now; it’s time to come back to the online world. I took a wee break from writing after I finished my book; then … Continue reading

July 26, 2015 · 1 Comment

Books- the Past & the Future

Something in honour of World Book Day. The painting shown is from the Shahnameh; the ‘Book of Kings’- you can click on the image to open it up and take a … Continue reading

March 5, 2015 · 6 Comments

Some Blogs Worth Reading, February 2015

I’ve not had much opportunity to work on this blog for a while, as I’ve been toiling away, putting the finishing touches to my book. I have had the time … Continue reading

February 16, 2015 · 4 Comments

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