Theolyn Cortens is an author, poet and scholar. Her childhood was spent in the Oxfordshire countryside. Her family lived in an isolated, rural situation – perfect, she says, for a natural mystic. She has lived for many years in Oxford and London, but presently lives in Wales with her husband of many years, Will Shaman, musician, illustrator and designer. Theolyn collected prizes writing stories and poems when she was at school. Her short stories have won commendations and some of her poems have appeared in a women writers’ anthology alongside Carol Ann Duffy, U.A. Fanthorpe and other luminaries. Before the pandemic closed the local cafes down, she would read her poetry at open mike events in West Wales.
Theolyn studied Art and Dress Design at Hornsey Art College. For several years she ran a dress design business, specialising in silk wedding dresses and ballgowns, which were sold in Harrods and Liberty’s of London. She studied English Literature and Philosophy for her First Class BA Honours, and qualified as a teacher. In the nineties, she lectured in community and adult education for the WEA and Ruskin College, Oxford. She has a life-long enthusiasm for ancient history, astrology, mythology and Jungian psychology. Her research into Angels in the Kabbalah gained her a Master’s degree with Distinction, and she was described as a ‘superlative candidate’. She has given papers at academic conferences. Her Mind Body Spirit books about angels, have been translated into many languages and she has presented workshops in Scandinavia and Europe. Theolyn’s novels, stories and poems are underpinned by her personal mystical experiences and her academic exploration of ancient spiritual traditions.