I could speak of those of us born in the late fifties and early sixties. I could wax lyrical about those who were at Aberystwyth University with me between 1976 and 1979. I could go on at slightly more ambivalent length about the girls who attended Milham Ford Grammar School between 1969 and 1976 – or, indeed, the many colleagues and children I met at Worle Community School between 1981 and 2012.
All of the above counted, in one way or another, as my generation.
But, to my mind, true generation goes beyond time and place – and is to do with the Soul Group, if you like, or at least those people with whom we have a deep and abiding bond which transcends year of birth, education or career.
Members of my generation in that sense can be seen in the image shown at the top of this post. There are others in that group not shown in the photo – and not everyone shown has that generational bond with me (nor I with them).
But this photo – taken at the end of the inspiring ‘Leaf and Flame: The Foliate Man’ workshop – is evidence of one definition of the word ‘generation’ and contains some of the best people you could ever wish to meet.
Our ages are widely divergent, as are our countries of origin, interests, marital status and personal histories. But we are all drawn to the Mysteries; we are all willing to explore them through ritual drama of one form or another – and we share a bond which unites us despite our myriad differences.