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The Children's Fire

Heart song of a people

Mac Macartney

A story of profound contemporary importance if we are to build a more peaceful, just, and inclusive world, woven around a journey into Britain's Celtic wildness. It braids together the themes of sacredness, belonging, connection, and homecoming.

Size: 216 × 138 × 16 mm / 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.6875 in216 PagesISBN: 9781788600453
Publication: October 31, 2018


  • £12.99

The Children’s Fire forges a trail into Britain’s wild and ancient Celtic past. It locates the fragments of a story that still has resonance today; the pulse and surge of an older wisdom that cracks the mendacity of the shopping mall’s vacuous promise. It is a passionate evocation of a generous, inclusive, diverse and spiritually significant world – the world of our longing.
In the winter of 2009 Mac Macartney walked from his birthplace in England across Wales to the island of Anglesey, once the spiritual epicentre of Late Iron Age Britain,  navigating by the sun and the stars, with no map, compass, stove or tent, and in the coldest winter for many years. The Children’s Fire records that journey, and seeks to lay bare the aching loss of knowing and understanding sacredness as it applies to everything ordinary that brings joy to the human heart. It asserts the emergence of a new story; the story of a people coming home to a truth made all the more poignant having so painfully broken faith with nature, our deeper humanity, and the paradise we fouled with such casual disrespect. It is a love story and part of a larger narrative that is surfacing all around the world. It seeks to reclaim our future and name it, beautiful.

Mac Macartney has a foot in several worlds. He is the founder of the inspirational social enterprise, Embercombe, an international speaker, writer, and leadership consultant. Mentored by a group of Native American teachers over a period of twenty years, he made a pledge to do all he could to re-kindle an ancient indigenous teaching known as The Children’s Fire wherever he found, or could create, the opportunity to exert influence. Mac is the author of Finding Earth, Finding Soul: The invisible path to authentic leadership, and has published many articles on sustainability, leadership, and spirituality. He was presented with the Enlightened Society Award by Sakjong Mipham Rinpoche in 2013 and in 2015 was awarded an honorary doctorate in Education from Plymouth University.

List of Maps
An Invitation to the Reader
Chapter 1 The Children’s Fire
Chapter 2 The Land, Our Land
Chapter 3 The Journey, Our Journey
Chapter 4 The Netherworld
Chapter 5 The Far Shore
Chapter 6 Rekindling the Children’s Fire
Going Forward

Format: Paperback

Size: 216 × 138 × 16 mm / 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.6875 in

216 Pages

B&W line drawings and maps

ISBN: 9781788600453

Publication: October 31, 2018

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