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S y n o p s i s
In 1962 a cache of ancient urns was discovered in Antarctica dating back tens of thousands of years.
They contained writings proving our ancestral myths and lore are actually rooted in the history and culture
of a pre-glacial utopian civilization.*
The Zandernatis Trinity retells the most fascinating story contained in these texts:
"The Song of Gorin", an epic poem describing what really led up to the "Fall of Man" in
"Paradise". Initially, it reads like a
fable -- except that here it is backed by robust corroborative evidence and endorsements from
researchers, the media and eminent experts, despite establishment efforts to block publication.
B i o
Gordon Keirle-Smith, Although initially a compulsive writer of poems, dramatic monologues and radio plays, from 1967 - 1973, Gordon Keirle-Smith was a visionary artist with a studio in one of London's major West End theatres (where he also worked as a lighting technician). During that time he produced a series of symbolic, visionary paintings which were exhibited and sold in a top Cork Street gallery, several of them to well-known theatre personalities who had visited his studio... The most notable of these works, prophetically entitled "An Unwritten Legend", (below) was begun in 1970 and took six months to complete.
While work was progressing on this canvas, he met Johfra and Ellen Lorien, two founder members of the Dutch meta-realist visionary art movement at an exhibition of Johfra's work in a London gallery. They visited his studio, saw his work and immediately invited him to spend a week with them in the South of France. It proved to be a life-changing experience. He desperately wanted to emulate them... But was lacking the 10 or 12 years of art school needed to come anywhere near their technical mastery.
As a result of this visit, and two others to the Moulin du Peuch (a water mill) in the Dordogne region of France where Johfra and Ellen subsequently moved, Gordon finally decided to give up creating images with oils and brushes -- and paint with words instead.
In 1973, he moved to France and began a succession of contrasting careers, beginning with tour guiding and teaching English to Parisian businessmen. Over the next two years, he drafted the first version of "Zandernatis -- the legend of our fantastic prehistory" in which he incorporated all the symbolic and visionary images he would never have the time -- or the skill -- to paint. Crucially, this version included the description of how the ancient source texts were found in the "Haakon Urns" under the Antarctic ice in 1962. It also included a chronology of the Zander-nation kings and a comprehensive bibliography of all the documents contained in the Urns. The original 190,000 word typescript was submitted to a few publishers, who judged it "too ambitious for a first book".
During the next fifteen years, Gordon played many roles. These included heading a team of 40 teachers at a major Parisian language school and then starting his own communications coaching, language teaching, creative translation and copywriting business serving over a dozen agencies in the huge Publicis Communications Group.
In 1994, Gordon and his family moved to Nîmes in the south of France. The internet and e-mail were just taking off, allowing him to work with his highly diverse range of international clients remotely. During these years, he honed his journalistic, creative writing and copy editing skills in an incredibly diverse range of fields for every imaginable type of audience; perfect grounding for what was coming next...
In 2013, Gordon retrieved the original typed manuscript of "Zandernatis" (complete with its 5 carbon copies!) from the depths of his cellar and set about revising and updating it. The underlying substance of the "retold legend" was sound, allowing him to concentrate on the innovative "meta-realist" aspects of the work he now wanted to introduce, starting with the existing additional elements mentioned above.
Two years later, all three volumes of "Zandernatis -- a definitive "meta-realist allegory" inspired by the meta-realist art of Johfra and Ellen - had been published. It was at this point, in July 2015, that Gordon was able to give a full presentation of the entire work to Ellen Lorien (now aged 91) and some of her closest friends in the Dordogne Moulin du Peuch where she was still living. With that presentation, in that unique setting, everything came full circle…
At last, the "Unwritten Legend" of 1970 had been "Born".
(Johfra had passed on in 1998. Ellen joined him on 22 May 2016. The day after "Genesis Antarctica" - the entire Zandernatis Trinity in a single volume - was published).