Included in the DVDs with the series is another 25 minute program, Celebration: Alan Garner—The Edge of the Ceiling (1980), which is a documentary about, and starring, Garner himself. This was far more interesting than The Owl Service. It makes you realize just how personally absorbed Garner is, and why his newer books have progressively retreated from accessibility for the last forty-odd years. Garner had some quite interesting observations, a few of which I jotted down and share here:
"I use mythology and folklore—when I use it—not to deflect the attention away from reality but to focus the attention of the reader on the reality behind apparent reality, the reality behind the three dimensional world. Because it was that reality that was real for me in childhood."
"And so I don't make any excuses whatsoever for drawing on fantastic materials to make comments seriously about modern life."
"For me, a writer is somebody who lives in their own life, their own investigation of what it's all about. They are their own scientist in their own laboratory, and that laboratory is themself. The writer is his own laboratory."