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WOOD AND WATER

Wood and Water was founded by Hilary Llewellyn-Williams and Tony Padfield in 1979. Its particular concern was with sacred wells and groves (hence the title), but there was always a strong sub-theme of Goddess-centred and feminist spirituality.

In 1981, after ten issues, Hilary and Tony felt that they could no longer continue producing the magazine. It had developed a devoted readership by then, who wanted it to continue, and a small collective was formed to continue publication. Two of the members soon moved to another town, and the magazine continued under the editorship of myself and Jan Henning.  We continued publication, for over eighty issues, until the end of 2003, when shortage of contributions and a reduction in the number of subscribers made us decide to stop.

The emphasis of the magazine changed when we became editors. Although we still had an interest in sacred wells, our main commitment was to Goddess spirituality, and the masthead carried the description “A Goddess-centred feminist-influenced pagan magazine.” We did not describe the magazine as feminist, partly because some of the material had no connection with feminism, but more because many feminist women felt that men could not be feminist though they could be supportive of feminism, and we did not want to take a stand on this issue.

There were other British magazines devoted to Goddess spirituality and women's spirituality, notably From the Flames, Arachne and Panakeia, but they were not as long-lasting as Wood and Water. Goddess Alive first came out in 2002, much later than the other magazines referred to. It has continued ever since, so is almost as long-lived as Wood and Water. Almost all its material is Goddess-related, and it is particularly notable for its colour photos of places and objects.

We published articles by people committed to the Goddess movement, such as Asphodel Long, Monica Sjoo, and Jill Smith, as well as many others. We had some excellent poets writing for us, and made a point of long and detailed book reviews.

We have just digitised Wood and Water (though the quality is not brilliant, all the material should be readable) and the links to the issues are given below. All writings and drawings are copyright by their creators, and each issue of Volume 1 is copyright by Hilary Llewellyn-Williams and each issue of Volume 2 is copyright by Daniel Cohen and Jan Henning. I will probably release my own writings on this web site under the Creative Commons licence at some point, but please note that the issues of Wood and Water are not covered by any Creative Commons licence. We would be happy to grant permission for others to make copies for non-commercial archival purposes, but please ask for permission via the Contact form on this web site.

 

Links to digitised copies of Wood and Water

Volume 1 (© Hilary Llewellyn-Williams)

 

Issue 1

Issue 2, Lammas 1979

Issue 3, Winter 1979-80

Issue 4, Spring 1980

Issue 5, Summer 1980

Issue 6, Lammas 1980

Issue 7, Samhain 1980

Issue 8, Candlemas 1981

Issue 9, Beltane 1981

Issue 10, Lammas 1981

 

Volume 2 (© Daniel Cohen and Jan Henning)

 

Issue 1, Samhain 1981

Issue 2, Imbolc 1982

Issue 3, Beltane 1982

Issue 4, Lammas 1982

Issue 5, Samhain 1982

Issue 6, Candlemas (Imbolc) 1983

Issue 7, Beltane 1983

Issue 8, Autumn 1983

Issue 9, Winter 1983

Issue 10, Spring (Imbolc) 1984

Issue 11, Summer 1984

Issue 12, Lammas 1984

Issue 13, Winter 1984

Issue 14, Spring 1985

Issue 15, Summer 1985

Issue 16, Winter 1985

Issue 17, Spring 1986

Issue 18, Summer 1986

Issue 19, Lammas to Samhain 1986

Issue 20, Yule 1986

Issue 21, Beltane 1987

Issue 22, Lammas 1987

Issue 23, Samhain to Winter Solstice 1987

Issue 24, Spring Equinox 1988

Issue 25, Summer 1988

Issue 26, Autumn 1988

Issue 27, Spring Equinox 1989

Issue 28, Summer 1989

Issue 29, Autumn Equinox 1989

Issue 30, Winter Solstice 1989

Issue 31, Spring Equinox 1990

Issue 32, Summer 1990

Issue 33, Autumn 1990

Issue 34, Winter Solstice 1990

Issue 35, Spring Equinox 1991

Issue 36, Summer Solstice 1991

Issue 37, Autumn 1991

Issue 38, Spring Equinox 1992

Issue 39, Summer Solstice 1992

Issue 40, Autumn Equinox 1992

Issue 41, Winter 1992-3

Issue 42, Spring Equinox 1993

Issue 43, Summer Solstice 1993

Issue 44, Autumn Equinox 1993

Issue 45, Winter Solstice 1993

Issue 46, Spring Equinox 1994

Issue 47, Summer 1994

Issue 48, Autumn Equinox 1994

Issue 49, Winter 1994-5

Issue 50, Spring Equinox 1995

Issue 51, Summer 1995

Issue 52, Autumn Equinox 1995

Issue 53, Winter Solstice 1995

Issue 54, Spring Equinox 1996

Issue 55, Summer Solstice 1996

Issue 56, Autumn Equinox 1996

Issue 57, Winter Solstice 1996

Issue 58, Spring Equinox 1997

Issue 59, Summer Solstice 1997

Issue 60, Autumn Equinox 1997

Issue 61, Winter Solstice 1997

Issue 62, Spring Equinox 1998

Issue 63, Summer Solstice 1998

Issue 64, Autumn Equinox 1998

Issue 65, Winter Solstice 1998

Issue 66, Spring Equinox 1999

Issue 67, Summer Solstice 1999

Issue 68, Autumn Equinox 1999

Issue 69, Yule 1999

Issue 70, Spring Equinox 2000

Issue 71, Summer Solstice 2000

Issue 72, Autumn Equinox 2000

Issue 73, Winter Solstice 2000

Issue 74, Spring Equinox 2001

Issue 75, Summer Solstice 2001

Issue 76, Autumn Equinox 2001

Issue 77, Winter Solstice 2001

Issue 78, Spring Equinox 2002

Issue 79, Summer Solstice 2002

Issue 80, Autumn Equinox 2002

Issue 81, Winter Solstice 2002

Issue 82, Spring Equinox 2003

Issue 83, Summer Solstice 2003

Issue 84, Winter Solstice 2003

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