Yuri Leitch is a Glastonbury artist, illustrator,
and author; a founder member of GDC and is its current Chairperson. Yuri will start the day with a presentation about
the Glastonbury Dragons and an overview of Dragon Lore in general. He'll finish by focussing on two aspects that
appeal to him personally, Dragons in Star Lore and Dragon Energy in Chinese Martial Arts.
Peter Knight is the author of many books including, The Wessex Astrum,
The Cerne Giant, Stolen Images: Pagan Symbolism and Christianity, and his latest book, Dartmoor Mindscape.
Peter will give a talk entitled 'Dragons in Ancient Cultures and their Adoption by Christianity'. If you click
on Peter's photo it will jump you to his own website.
Alan Royce is a Glastonbury based artist
and writer. He is a well loved figure in town, often scribbling down complicated diagrams on café napkins to
share his insights into ancient Mystery Traditions and Glastonbury's occult history. He'll be giving a talk
about the book, Hunting Somerset Dragons, and working with dragon energies of the land, the heavens, and those within
Gary Biltcliffe is the author of The Spine
of Albion and The Spirit of Portland. Gary will talk about his experiences of reciprocal communications
with dragon energy lines along many of the great alignments through Britain including the St Michael Line, the Belinus Line,
and the recently discovered Holy Axis. This presentation will highlight many sacred places where he has had some
remarkable experiences whilst healing or balancing the dragon forces of the land - with the realisation that others
were misusing this vital energy. If you click on Gary's photo it will jump you to his own website.
Richard Freeman is a cryptozoologist and is the author of Dragons: More Than
a Myth, and Explore Dragons. He has searched for mysterious creatures all around the world; including
the Tasmanian wolf, the yeti, the Mongolian deathworm, the ninki-nanka, the orang-pendek, the giant anaconda and the almasty.
He is the zoological Director of the Centre for Fortean Zoology in Devon. The dragon is the most widespread, ancient and powerfull of all monster archetypes. It is found in every
culture on Earth and reaches back over 25,000 years. There are even reports of encounters with dragons in the modern
age. In this talk Richard will look at the theories of what lies behind dragon legends and asks if dragons could
be real, living entities. Click on his photo to jump to his own website.
Shadow of the Tor are one of GDC's great
success stories. The writers and performers of the Beltane and Samhain celebrations loved doing it so much that
they went off and created their own amateur theatre group... and this is what GDC is for, whether it is Morris Dancing, Mummers
Plays, Ceremony, or Theatre... encouraging the arts, building up the community spirit, and encouraging visitors to come
to our town and share the celebrations with us.
'Shadow of the Tor Theatre Group present the imaginatively titled, 'In the Shadow of the Tor'. As accurate
as we can be, in 6o minutes, we'll take you through a brief telling of the religious history of the lands surrounding
Glastonbury Tor from the dawn of time until the present day, as told from the perspective of a personified Tor.
Using multiple styles of theatre we'll take you through a series of sketches involving Dragons, Gwyn ap Nudd,
Angels, Henry VIII and many more. Some encounters are humorous, some quite serious, and others... just plain
To find out more about Shadow of the Tor look for
their facebook page called, you've guessed it, 'Shadow of the Tor'.