Lorin Morgan-Richards is an author and illustrator, primarily of children's literature. He was also publisher of Celtic Family Magazine, and founder of the Los Angeles St. David's Day Festival.
Books and Poetry
- What is the point of relaying every word when the words become the crime of friendship.
- Excerpt from the poem Someone Else's Mug in the book Dark Letter Days: Collected Works (2016) by Lorin Morgan-Richards.
- The universe is made of our thoughts. Our thoughts are infinite.
- Excerpt from the poem Celestial Son in the book Dark Letter Days: Collected Works (2016) by Lorin Morgan-Richards.
Author and Illustrator
- In choosing my materials I wanted to keep an organic feel to the book. Some might consider this an art book, but I was really just trying to give it some life. Having seen what is being printed by majors these days with poor quality paper, I wanted to provide the reader with a book that carries more value near the same price and that can last for generations. Nothing would be more inspiring to me than to know my books are treasured like an heirloom.
- Humor bridges the weight of serious reflection.
- I am most comfortable with writing and pen and ink illustrations. My filter tends to be cut ups of what is around me blurred into my own feelings and interests of the Victorian era. I don't try to categorize myself but I do recognize my influences are a bit more macabre than usual.
- Primarily, they (ideas) come from daydreaming or every day occurrences. I try to get out and about, especially new places to let the environment inspire me. I start an illustration of a building I see and then the elements of different characters will populate in my mind like a set and actors on a stage. If nothing comes up I continue to draw until something unfolds.
- It's mad isn’t it. I guess I just wanted to make something that people would cherish and hope to hold on to for a while. The goal is to make each book a unique work of art, with an intrinsic quality all their own.
- I believe dreams connect us to our ancestors and it is through creativity that we can tap into this in the conscious state. Creativity is a sort of trance that we have as artists that erases time and space.
- "We should feel empowered by where we came from and who we are, not hide it. It is important to acknowledge that everything we do affects our ancestors as much as they have affected us."
- Regarding cultural identity; as quoted as publisher of Celtic Family Magazine.
- I believe it has come out of the zombie effect of assimilation. Certain young people are fed up with the commercialization of society, of corporations and political parties trying to define us, of stereotypes and racism based [on] greed and power and of the dominant culture building parking lots and malls over our heritage sites.
- It is important to teach our young about who they are and how culture can empower them to help the greater community. It is very difficult, especially in the age of technology to curb what mass-media and marketing try to tell us who we are, and even more difficult when those closest to you act uninterested. It is an uphill climb, sometimes alone, to find the truth.
- As quoted in interview with Golwg 360, Welsh language online magazine.
- “Happiness has to exist in the mind before it can exist in life.”
- Use art, be creative. No more war. No more children dying. A pawn that does not move in chess upsets the game. I know there is love in the world still and that is what I wish to surround myself with. Sacrifice your time and energy into something positive instead of the negative and you will see that change around you.
- The fountain of youth resides in our memory. You will never outlive your shadow.
- Adults should strive to be more like children.
- One day stores will no longer have gender classifications. Instead the consumer decides how and what they want, rather than the social engineering of corporations. The concept of gender will be extinct.
- Don't waste your tremendous voice writing messages in the sand.
- Speaking at Bringing the Circle Together.
- On a personal level, I chose not to look at the eclipse but rather sat outside during it and listened and appreciated nature, instead of participating in it like a pop festival. My decision was based partly on belief but also I have to contemplate the mass production of glasses and how they will only be used once, polluting our earth with plastics and harmful metals.
- Speaking about the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017.
Quotes about Morgan-Richards
- Lorin Morgan-Richards has woven the most whimsically woeful stories this side of Edward Gorey!
- Morgan-Richards knows the best fantasy fiction isn't safe. His story tackles mature themes in a way that's accessible to youngsters, but doesn't candy-coat the topic. The author presents his themes¾colonialism, exploitation, and environmentalism¾in a graspable manner using fantastical characters and creatures. His world is one in which noble animals speak, and humans are often monstrous beasts. While sophisticated youngsters can easily digest the adventure story, it also gives them much to think about in terms of responsible stewardship of the Earth and its inhabitants. To say that the author’s ultimate goal is to instill empathy would not be far-fetched.
- Chris Hallock's review in "Chizine"
- Lorin Morgan Richards charts the paths of weird clouds that pass far overhead and then maps the changes that their rain makes on the lives of people living below.
- . Lorin Morgan-Richards Newsletter #2. Us6.campaign-archive2.com. Retrieved on 2017-06-26.