Field Report on the Padstow Mayday
Ulysses Black @ The Catalyst Club
This piece of work took the form of a field investigation of the Padstow Mayday celebration in Cornwall. Ulysses Black is fortunate enough to have immediate family living in Padstow who are of the 'old blood', and who take central roles in the famous Mayday festivities. The purpose of the trip was less to document the celebration, and more to discover and experience the subtleties of the ritual from as close to an 'insiders point of view' as possible.
Besides adding general information to the Ritual Research, the results included a short monograph on the ritual practice itself, a series of images and a presentation delivered to the Catalyst Club in Brighton (a monthly event in which interesting people talk about interesting things). A review of it can be read here.