Stirred with an interest in ancient fairy tales by Romantics Clemens Brentano and Ludwig von Arnim, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm began to collect and write down tales that had been handed down for generations in their hometown of Kassel, Germany. Originally published in 1812, by the time the seventh edition was printed a few years later, Grimm’s Fairy Tales contained 211 stories.
This narrative poem by Roman author Ovid, completed in AD 8, describing the creation and history of the world, has become one of the most popular works of mythology.
Among the most important works of Anglo-Saxon literature, this Old English epic poem, written sometime between the eighth and eleventh centuries, describes the adventures of a sixth-century Scandinavian warrior. Beowulf, a hero of the Geats, travels vast distances to prove his strength at impossible odds against supernatural demons and beasts, including Grendel, Grendel’s mother and a dragon. The stuff of heroism, the tale builds up to a final battle after Beowulf’s return to Geatland, where he has become king.
Overcrowding, climate change and technological innovation on an unimagined scale have motivated artist Tomas Saraceno to design living space that hangs in the sky. A whole new nation, in fact – a place that, as something of a wanderer, he can call home.
Making sense of the aftermath of COP15 leads to an unavoidable realisation: the dragon is stirring, but can we use this understanding to catalyse positive action?