Jay Griffiths
Writer, Freelance

Jay Griffiths is an award-winning author and contributor to The Guardian and Orion magazine. Her latest book is Tristimania: A Diary of Manic Depression (2016). She lives in Wales.

Written by Jay Griffiths

Canang saris in Bali. Photo by Damian Haas/EyeEm/Getty.

Essay/
Rituals and celebrations
Daily grace

Everyday rituals are ephemeral prayers, a hint to the gods for protection, encircling life like a fragrant garland

Jay Griffiths

Sintesi Fascista (1935) by Alessandro Bruschetti. Photo courtesy the Wolfsonian-Florida International University, Miami Beach, Florida, The Mitchell Wolfson, Jr Collection
Essay/
Politics and government
Fire, hatred and speed!

The glamour, bullying and violence of the libertarian alt-Right has a direct political ancestor, and it’s not Nazi Germany

Jay Griffiths

Totonac boys attend class in a rural school. Photo by Alejandra Cerdeño

Essay/
Education
Schooled in nature

There’s a way to teach children without colonising their minds: the lifelong way of the indigenous people of Mexico

Jay Griffiths

'I have be-dimm'd the noontide sun': Patrick Stewart as Prospero in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of  The Tempest. Photo by Alastair Muir

Essay/
Consciousness and altered states
Forests of the mind

What is the greatest human gift? It is metaphor, carrying a cargo of meaning across the oceans that divide us

Jay Griffiths