A lifetime's study of British history and myth, including King Arthur and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight...
My name is Michael Smith; I am an author, translator and printmaker. Mythical Britain is a showcase for my linocut work, featuring the stories of King Arthur as well as British historical and mythical themes.
On this site you can buy original linocut prints or greetings cards featuring my designs. You can also purchase copies of my new, illustrated translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Unbound, 2018) and also pledge in my crowdfunding campaign for the publication of my translation of the Alliterative Morte Arthure (King Arthur's Death).
A bit about me…
I studied history at the University of York before taking a foundation course in Fine Art at the City Lit in London and then studying as a print maker under Sue Jones at the Curwen Print Study Centre at Linton, near Cambridge, UK.
I was subsequently awarded CPSC certification levels 1 and 2 by Stanley Jones MBE and Chloe Cheese in 2011 and 2012. You can find out more about the print-making process elsewhere on this site.
A bit about my interests...
My interest in British history had led me down a path of producing a range of images reflecting topics which particularly fascinate me: British myth; British landscape and British history.
My particular area of interest is in mediaeval topics although some of my work had led me to study prehistoric monuments and landscapes too.
In 2018, I published my first book, an illustrated translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Unbound Publishing); I will shortly be publishing another in the series, an illustrated translation of the Alliterative Morte Arthure. Both books feature a range of my linocut prints.
And a bit about Britain...
Britain to my mind is a wonderful land, embracing cultures, languages, literature and art from around the world. In this melting pot has emerged a strange race of people, the modern-day Britons, who have made this island their home.
Of course, the land has its conflicts, but out of these comes a joyous celebration of difference and unity in one curious blend.
Once, when I was resting in the golden light of a Herefordshire evening at Kilpeck, a woman walked towards me across a hazy field.
"It doesn't get much better than this", I said to her, as I relaxed in the shadow of that Norman church and castle.
"It does if you live in Wales", she replied in a lilting accent fresh from the hills.
This is Mythical Britain. Welcome to my world!