David James engraving a large Celtic design
in a hand-turned wooden bowl, using
the technique of pyrography



The Isle of Jura from Kintyre



Loch Coruisk, Skye








The writer's farmhouse on Kintyre, western Scotland


There are so many folk worldwide who are fascinated with all aspects of Celtic culture. Many have visited or were born in one of the Celtic countries, and through personal circumstances now live elsewhere on the planet, but retain that unique feeling of awe and wonder that is generated by the Celtic lands.

I first became acutely aware of this when I founded a magazine called Celtic Connections in 1992. After ten years and forty issues, the magazine now has a new editor and is distributed worldwide. During its initial stages I made a connection with the Welsh Tourist Board, who placed a small article about my work in their international newsletter, together with a contact address.

Almost immediately I received enquiries at my home in Britain from several hundred Celtic enthusiasts – some of these letters came from countries as far afield as Russia, Argentina, Chile, Japan, the Republic of China and other widespread areas of the planet where the Celtic Spirit is alive and flourishing.

After ten years of editing Celtic Connections magazine, having passed it on to a very competent and dedicated Celt, I decided to work with my friend Christina in Florida and set up this website.

We saw it as an ideal way for Celts anywhere on the planet to communicate with each other and share experiences. Also for artists and craftworkers, writers, musicians, photographers and other creative individuals and businesses to make their work known to a wide and appreciative audience.

Today I live in a remote rural area of Western Britain, not far from Glastonbury, the ancient and legendary Isle of Avalon. Earlier in my life I lived for a number of years in a traditional farmhouse on the magnificent and dramatic west coast of Scotland, as well as spending much time on the unique island of Iona in the Inner Hebrides. Before that I lived in the Presselli hills in southwest Wales. My work over the last years has included writing books on Celtic art and history, as well as discovering and researching for several years an Iron Age Celtic settlement in southern Britain dating from c.500 BC, so my involvement with the Celtic world has been very intense for many years.

My friend Christina who jointly runs this site and uses her web expertise for its design, has strong links with Scotland and the Isle of Skye, as well as being joint owner of a small island off the northern coast of Skye.

We welcome you to this site, and hope that you find much of interest, as well as making new Celtic friends and discovering fresh and inspiring business contacts in the world of Celtic arts, crafts, music, literature and related creative work.

Slainte.

David James

BOOKS BY DAVID JAMES:

CELTIC ART - The Carved Stones of Western Scotland. The Thule press 1978.

THE CELTIC IMAGE - with artwork by Courtney Davis. Blandford Press 1994, last reprint Cassell 2001.

CELTIC CONNECTIONS - THE ANCIENT CELTS, THEIR TRADITIONS AND LIVING LEGACY. Photographs by Simant Bostock. Blandford Press 1995.

CELTIC CRAFTS - THE LIVING TRADITION. Blandford Press 1996.

CELTIC DESIGNS - AN ARTS AND CRAFTS SOURCE BOOK. Blandford Press 1997. 5th printing, Cassell, 2002.

NEW VISIONS IN CELTIC ART. Edited by David James and Stuart Booth. Blandford press 1998.

NEW:

HOW TO DRAW CELTIC DESIGNS - with artwork by Vitor Gonzalez. David and Charles, Sept 2003.

CELTIC TRADITIONS (p/b). St Davids Press, Wales, (The New Celtic Library series). April 2003.