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Faery goats

I could have chosen quite a number of beasts, but I have a decades old affection for goats.  I’ve never yet owned or cared for one of the creatures, but I’ve always wanted to and I’ve not given up my aspirations yet! 331 more words

Arthur Rackham's Sleeping Beauty

I recently found a 1st edition Sleeping Beauty, published in 1920 and illustrated by Arthur Rackham, in a second-hand bookshop; to me this was like finding a gold nugget in a gravel stream bed. 595 more words


Waking from a Summer Slumber

What angel wakes me from my flowery bed?

~~Tatiana from A Midsummer’s Night Dream by William Shakespeare

September~~A month with diary pages written in the charcoal smudge from burning brush piles and a pen pocked with pollen from goldenrod and ragweed.

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Adventures In Imperfection

They who must not be named

Arthur Rachkam- ‘They will mischief you’ from Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens

The open use of proper names for fairies- whether personal or collective names- is universally frowned upon and frequently punished.   567 more words

Sex & the fairy

Arthur Rackham, illustration from Milton’s ‘Comus’

As I suggested in the previous post, sex and sexuality are strong elements in (adult) fairylore.  Maureen Duffy, in her extensive and detailed study of fairies in literature,  751 more words

Time Is Unstoppable, but We Can Choose the Extent of Its Damage

Red Rose – Jacki Kellum Watercolor

“… chose her colors with the greatest of care. She dressed herself slowly. She adjusted her petals one by one.

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The Way to Write for Children by Joan Aiken

In 1982 Joan Aiken was asked to write a practical guide on the art of writing children’s books. From the first line it is clear that she wasn’t entirely sold on this concept (‘There is no one way to write for children’), but concedes that there are many practical things that a new writer can do to create a successful children’s book – mow the lawn, put your feet in a bucket of hot water, take laudanum…. 1,277 more words

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