Ludovico’s Santiago Pilgrimage

Last winter, my young millennial assistant Ludovico Orsini told me that he aspired to gain speedy fluency in the French language, so he could apply for a special graduate program in France. I suggested that he spend a highly-intensive period in a part of France where no one spoke English (or where people didn’t know […]

The Way of Santiago

Pilgrimage is one of the oldest forms of Quest, and is celebrated by religions and cultures all over the world. Since everyone knows that my characters and I are aficionados of Quests of all sorts, it’s no surprise that this is one of my favorites! Some years ago, I was invited to lecture in Spain […]

KATHERINE NEVILLE’S Hazel Month Newsletter August 4, 2017

KATHERINE NEVILLE’S Hazel Month Newsletter August 4, 2017 Lammas Night In ancient times, Celtic months were named for trees. Today, August 4, is the last day of Tinne, the Celtic Holly month. Tomorrow, Coll, the month of the Hazel tree begins, kicked off each year on August 1 by Lammas,  the Eighth and last Celtic […]

KATHERINE NEVILLE’S April Pilgrimage Newsletter April 4, 2017

KATHERINE NEVILLE’S April Pilgrimage Newsletter April 4, 2017 April Arrives According to one of my favorite poets, TS Eliot, April is a scary month that brings unwanted feelings:      APRIL is the cruellest month, breeding      Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing      Memory and desire, stirring      Dull roots […]

The Pilgrim’s Guide to Santiago de Compostela by William Melczer

If you are interested in El Camino de Santiago (The Way of Santiago) – this is the best guide: The Pilgrim’s Guide to Santiago de Compostela by William Melczer Professor Melczer, an authority on the pilgrimage of El Camino de Santiago, translates the medieval pilgrim’s book with notes and fascinating history. There are four routes that […]

My Secret Spain

This essay was published in Troika Magazine, Fall 1998. My Secret Spain by Katherine Neville My first exposure to Spain took place in the early 1970’s, when I was living in North Africa as a consultant to the Algerian government. This period would later provide fodder for my first book, The Eight, an epic story […]