Frog-Faced Goddess in the Crypt

She's nothin' like they say she is, you know.  Green haired, green toothed, frog-eyed creature with the tail of a six-foot eel.  I mean, some people don't even believe she's a woman.  But I've seen her, so I know. I was recently invited to tell a story as part of WaterWeek 2015 at St Elisabeth's … Continue reading Frog-Faced Goddess in the Crypt

Women and Domesticity Exhibition, Eastbourne

I've recently been burning, stitching, and writing onto a duster for this pop-up exhibition in Eastbourne on Saturday 28th February. The exhibition, exploring contemporary women's attitudes to domesticity, is being organised and curated by Vanessa Marr with donations going to Women's Aid. You can see my duster, alongside other (more beautiful!) creations at the exhibition. … Continue reading Women and Domesticity Exhibition, Eastbourne

Clockwork Heart

Opportunities for storytelling abound in the steampunk world. In designing and creating my own costume, I really found myself getting to grips with characterisation - building a steampunk character who would become my alter-ego throughout the event. She's a Madame Blavatsky type figure - a gothic, Victorian-occult-underworld travelling storyteller. She's an illusionist who can be found on both sides of the mirror: she slinks in the shadows and glitters in the moonlight.

Why We Still Need Stories

I was deeply moved when I read this recent post by Anna on A Classic Comeback. It perfectly expresses the essential vitality of the relationship between fairy tales / storytelling and the Christian Gospel. So I'm re-blogging the whole piece here. Thanks Anna! It's complemented by this short dramatisation of ideas between Tolkien and Lewis: … Continue reading Why We Still Need Stories

SteamPunk Storytelling

I've been experimenting with a SteamPunk style for my fairy tales this weekend, in preparation for the Storytelling Tent at the Eastbourne SteamPunk Festival this September. Here's an extract from my first attempt: The Girl With The Clockwork Heart It’s the year 1888.  Princess Aurora is celebrating her 18th birthday – dancing and spinning at … Continue reading SteamPunk Storytelling

Book Review: Darkhenge by Catherine Fisher

Last summer I read Fisher's Crown of Acorns. I liked the idea and style, but felt she could have done more to draw out the subtleties of the interwoven plot-lines; and I was left with an overwhelming frustration at the disappointment of a missed opportunity with the novel's structure. With all the narratives revolving in … Continue reading Book Review: Darkhenge by Catherine Fisher

God, and Your Golden Fleece

"You need only claim the events of your life to make yourself yours." Florida Scott-Maxwell "Until we do the work of excavating, claiming, and owning our life stories, we run the very real risk of seeing ourselves, describing ourselves, and proscribing ourselves as others see fit. We go along with their plot lines for what … Continue reading God, and Your Golden Fleece