A Pagan druid from Belper is set to embark on a European book signing tour after writing an account about her experiences as a worshipper of the ancient religion.
Cat Treadwell is travelling to various signings in the UK and Europe to promote the release of her biographical account, A Druid’s Tale, which tells the story of how her spirituality fits into the modern world.
She has previously appeared on BBC News talking about her faith and as well as being the Derbyshire co-ordinator for the East Midlands Pagan Federation and Trustee of The Druid Network she has been practising the religion for more than ten years.
Having just returned from the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge, as well as being a professional ritual celebrant she aims to dispel myths and the “old men in white robes” stereotypes that still surround druidry.
She said: “I’ve noticed that Paganism generally seems to have become a very insular spirituality.
“While folk do seek others of like mind to meet up and chat, in pubs or at camps, generally their practise is kept private, at home or in quiet places outside, alone.
“My inbox has messages every day from people asking for information, meetings, events, a need for connection with others.
“It seems that everyone wants something provided for them as Pagans -Wiccans/Druids/Heathens/etc - but nobody wants to be the instigator. Nobody is willing to stand up and live their faith publicly, to help others, or even just to inspire by their work or creativity.”
In October 2010 druidry become the first Pagan practice to be given official recognition as a religion when the Charity Commission accepted that worship of natural spirits could be seen as religious activity.
Druids have been worshipping in Britain for thousands of years and was one the first known spiritual practices in the UK.
After presenting a talk at a national Pagan Festival, Cat started a blog, asking friends and colleagues what they wanted to know about the religion.
As a result she has compiled and expanded on some of the more common queries such as sun-worshipping and day-to-day aspects of Druidry.
And on Friday she launched the book at the White Rose Healing, Alfreton, Derbyshire and is now set to journey to London, Lincolnshire and other places across the UK as well as visiting countries such as Serbia and Italy.
In a post on her blog she added: “This is not (and never has been) about publicising myself. It actually occurred that I would probably be happy to give my book away for free to those who expressed interest – although my publisher would scalp me, and probably my bank manager too.
“It’s about living as I promised. I’m out there, living my faith in my community (physical and virtual) in order to help others, whether Pagan, Christian, atheist, whatever.”
A Druids Tale is available on Amazon.co.uk. For more information visit http://druidcat.wordpress.com/a-druids-tale/