Invoking the Pig Man: A St Swithun’s Day Card

William Blake (1757-1827), The Ordeal of Queen Emma (1793)

Tomorrow is St Swithun's Day, and it can't come to soon for our parched part of the country. I used to think St Swithun's Day was just a made up feast, a kind of shorthand for all those obscure feasts and festivals in our calendar, or the colloquial equivalent of some far-off day that never comes. "What are you waiting for, St Swithun's Day?" my English father used to say. My former mother-in-law, God rest her, was the greeting card industry's dream. She sent cards for any and every occasion, … [Read more...]


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