In the eighth century, Celtic Cornwall finds itself in an
age of uncertainty. Viking marauders strike the coast,
while from the east come raiding Anglo-Saxons.
Far in the west, in the small and isolated courtyard
village of Carn Euny, an Iron Age community seeks
solace in stone, ritual and spirituality.
An illusion of
permanence is offered by the wisdom of the bards
and druid order, and yet their complacency will be
denied. Unmoved by the world around them, the
people hope their old world will be saved. And yet
change is on its way.
Voog’s Ocean is the true confession of Voog, a
stoneworker – famed for his architectural skill and
legendary craftsmanship – who becomes embroiled
in a wondrous, beguiling tale of history, myth and
invention. Banished from his homeland, Voog sets
out in search of a land far across the ocean. In his
navigation, not only does he encounter phantasmagorical
creatures, events and people, but also
helps lay the foundations of a new world.
meets new, odysseys collide and converse and
their stories live on in the present.
Voog's Ocean is a novel that reveals much about permanence
and transition, about hope and love, and about our
need for truth and wonder. Packed with dazzling
digressions, outrageous tricks and pages of
extraordinary poetry this book offers reflections
on both the past and our own postmodern age.
Alan M. Kent was born in Cornwall and
graduated from the Universities of Cardiff
and Exeter, specialising in Celtic and
Anglo-Celtic literatures. For many years
he worked as a teacher and now lectures
in Literature for the Open University.
In 2007 he cofounded the theatre
company BishBashBosh Productions.
In addition to writing novels, he has
published a number of prize-winning
plays and volumes of poetry. As well
as his nonfiction writing, he has edited
several collections of Cornish Literature.
Watch Alan Kent's video here.
Imprint: Ryelands. ISBN 978 1 906551 35 3, hardback, 234x156mm, 488 pages. Published December 2012.