Rennie Walker is a fantasy and magic realist novelist and writer of short stories. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. As a young man he travelled many journeys through the heartland of Alba the Beautiful, a bygone name for Scotland, drinking in its myths and legends and the energy of the land itself.
He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, with his wife Kathleen, and varying numbers of littleCats who have all taught him something about the mystery of this thing called life.
He is the author of Alba: The Great Dance of Leaving and Returning, a mystic and shamanic fantasy set in the years 839 and 840 in the land that would later be known as Scotland, and The Goddess and the Big Bang, a collection of stories about littleCats.
Why Magical Realism & Fantasy?
The surface world that we think we perceive and live in is not the full, “real”, completely observed and experienced world, in all its magnificence, mystery and magic. Shamans, sages, rishis, saints, enlightened ones have told us so down our ages, and still tell us so to this day. As an artist, a writer, I am nudged and urged to acknowledge this truth by the stories that find me and ask me to tell them on into my world, our world. I tell stories that open up the immediate, “surface”, world to show or hint at other realms beyond. Horizons and corners and the turns and segues from night to day appear in my stories; for those are the cusps between the known and the not-yet-known. Mirrors also appear; to hint that the visual might only be a skein and can be passed through, broken through, shone through, pentimento. Animals and other creatures are abundant as characters; for they are beings too who live with us here on the Breast of Mother EAerth. And Mother EAerth Herself is everpresent in my work; She who whispers to us continuously through all Her channels such as Her winds, Her forests, Her oceans and shores, Her mountains, and all.
And … as Mora Declaims in Chapter 18 of Alba … “I fight against all rape of Mother EAerth. … The Dances that take me are Woven of Love itself, and were upon the Breast of Mother EAerth before the Time of women and men.”
Namaste! I bow to and honor the Light within you …