When the Dark comes rising, six shall turn it back; three from the circle, three from the track...

On Midwinters Eve, a reading group begins, organised by author Robert MacFarlane and Julia Bird. It will invite people to read the Susan Cooper classic 'The Dark is Rising'. I've got a copy on the bookshelf by my desk, and have reread the story regularly since first reading it over 30 years ago. It's got a wonderful eerie atmosphere as the familiar becomes dangerous and threatening... eldritch...

To get in the mood, read this piece by Robert MacFarlane 

Join in on the #TheDarkIsReading hashtag.

Wood, bronze, iron; water, fire, stone; Five will return and one go alone.