I studied English literature, music, and German at the undergraduate level (University of Regina, Sask.); linguistics at the graduate level (University of Toronto); classical ballet at the National Ballet School (Toronto); and “Baroque dance” under Elaine Biagi-Turner (Toronto).
My literary novel Outlaws will be released February 2018 (see the dedicated page on this website). I have begun work on two further novels: to wit, The Dwarf’s Head, a multi-media novel on the life of Ermanaric, the fourth-century Gothic king (see the dedicated page on this website); and A Bone to Pick, a satiric novel set in tenth-century Anglo-Saxon England, dealing with a monk’s compromised attempt to buy a bone-relic on behalf of a faltering monastery.
I am working on a chamber-opera based on the Grimms’ folktale Rumpelstiltskin (see the dedicated page on this website), and have created a number of musical miniatures for my novel in progress The Dwarf’s Head (see the dedicated page on this website). A two-part a cappella version of one of these songs, “Baris Standiþ,” was recorded by Donna Greenberg (2017), and is the first of a number of musical pieces that will make up the projected CD album Music from The Dwarf’s Head.
I was an early-dance consultant for the Toronto-based company Ballet Espressivo 2003-2008, and was appointed Adjunct Professor of Dance at York University (Toronto) in 2005, in recognition of my contribution to early-dance research (The Styles of Eighteenth-Century Ballet 2003).
I am keenly interested in early Germanic languages (esp. Gothic and Old English), and have published both scholarly articles on elder-futhark runology, as well as Gothic-language translations of children’s stories. I am particularly interested in the literary use of a “constructed” form of English employing words of mainly Germanic origin, either living or resuscitated, or coinages based on the same, cf. the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins (see the dedicated page Wordhoard on this website).
Most Beloved Works
LITERATURE: Das Nibelungenlied, Grettis saga, Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Gulliver’s Travels, The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Hamlet, Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Lady of Shalott.
OPERA: Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, M.A. Charpentier’s Actéon, Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Rameau’s Les Indes galantes, John Blow’s Venus and Adonis, Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera.
INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC: “Nimrod” from Elgar’s The Enigma Variations, Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll and overture to Die Meistersinger, Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, Rebel’s Les caractères de la danse, Dauvergne’s Concerts de simphonies.