Time travel, reincarnation and the entire history of Newcastle-upon-Tyne from Roman to present day.
There is a mythology inherent in regions with a strong cultural identity, none more so than North East England, where the fabulous exists alongside the mundane and both are treated with a dispassion born of having seen it all before. The world was invented here, and it started with the first bridge, Pons Aelius, over the Tyne.
Merging historical facts with picturesque invention and involving notable names, perilous deeds and fantastical undertakings, Ocellus is a unique mix of all things weird and wordy that boasts both supernatural elements and everyday machinations, served up on a plate of local manners with a good dollop of humour, metaphysics and poetry.
Published: 1 August 2012