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Eric was born in Australia and educated in England. But from an early age he was enchanted by North Wales. After graduating in social sciences he spent ten years travelling round the world seeking a deeper understanding of humanity and himself. This culminated in working as a community artist in the Aboriginal communities of Central Australia, an experience that influenced him profoundly.
After returning to Britain he chose to settle in North Wales. There, with much help, he has created Cae Mabon, a unique eco-retreat centre in the foothills of Snowdonia. People come to it from far and wide seeking healing and inspiration. In 2008 it was declared number one natural building project in the UK and described as a ‘Welsh Shangri-La’. (See www.caemabon.co.uk)
Since 1990 Eric has been a professional storyteller working in a wide range of venues but specialising in natural and historic sites. He has told tales in some spectacular places including Avebury, Stonehenge, Tintagel, Battle Abbey (telling the saga of the Norman Conquest), Kew Gardens, the Eden Project, most of the castles of northwest Wales, Caribbean islands, Sao Paulo in Brazil and the ‘Cradle of Humanity’ in South Africa. For English Heritage he wrote ‘Storytelling at Historic Sites’. He has also written eleven children’s picture books (published by Frances Lincoln) and ‘Snowdonia Folktales’, published by The History Press.
Eric has recorded two CDs of his own songs, the family oriented ‘Full of Life’ (available on iTunes) and ‘Rare and Precious Earth’ (available from him). In late 2015 he began touring a new storytelling show called the ’Songlines of Snowdonia: Tapping the Mythic Mains’.