The much-anticipated inaugural book from Oloris Publishing, Seer: A Wizardâ€™s Journal, is now available. Jef Murrayâ€™s first full-length title is a collection of essays, poems, and short stories that are richly illustrated with art from Murrayâ€™s extensive body of work. Seer: A Wizardâ€™s Journal was released on 31 May 2012.
Jef Murray is an internationally known artist and essayist. His works have appeared in such publications as Silver Leaves, Amon Hen, Mallorn, Beyond Bree and Mythprints. His artwork has been featured in video courses and television specials on J.R.R. Tolkien.
In the acknowledgements, Murray relates how the book came to be: after Mark Ostley (Director of Operations for Middle-Earth Network) read the story Pendragon he suggested that a book be published.
“I recollect telling him that Iâ€™m not a writer,” relates Murray, “but I rummaged through old files and newsletters and discovered that I had, almost inadvertently, penned so many poems, polemics and parables over the years as to make even me reconsider.”
In spite of being reluctant at first, Murray quickly became enthusiastic. Since Oloris Publishing is committed to collaborating with the writer and encourages full participation of the author, it is truly the authorâ€™s voice that the reader experiences. Murray was involved with the project every step of the way.
The result – a collection of stories and poems that offer encouragement and stir within the reader a renewed longing for mystery. Magic rings, magic books, and the magic of nature’s beauty all work together to rekindle that which is lost by “growing up.”
Seer: A Wizard’s Journal takes the reader on a journey through the seasons, encountering a variety of people and situations that can be met only with a wizard by one’s side. Wait for a mysterious visitor in The Watchman, discover elves in The Promise, view portraits that change lives in Pendragon… and learn to see again with the eyes of a child.
Copies are now available at Oloris Publishing. Oloris Publishing is the independent publishing arm of Middle-Earth Network.