Apr 212014
 
Away With The Fairies

From woodland glades to rocky hills, Fairies come in many sizes and types. The Spriggans, Pixies, Piskies, Sidhe (pronounced “shee”), Good Folk and Fae suffer a welter of differing reports. Some say they are not to be trusted, others that they never lie. Some are tall others tiny. Some bestow great riches and others steal

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Planting a Magical Garden

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May 302012
 
Planting a Magical Garden

I walked through arbors, between stalls selling pots and seeds, looking at the displays. They were beautiful, but I could never imagine having a garden so elaborate, so perfectly designed. And then, I saw a display that was different from the others. At the back of the display space was a small cottage, and growing all around it were herbs and medicinal plants, the sorts of plants you would find in medieval herbals…

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Germany’s Märchen Straße – An Introduction to the German Fairy Tale Road

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May 302012
 
Germany's Märchen Straße – An Introduction to the German Fairy Tale Road

by Amanda White Germany is the home to rolling hills, winding rivers, and forests so densely wooded they’ve been termed black — in all, the perfect setting for fairy tales to be woven into folklore. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm knew their homeland was ripe for the picking, as if each story was an apple just

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An interview with artist Adam Oehlers

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Mar 122012
 
An interview with artist Adam Oehlers

Francesca Forrest talks with artist Adam Oehlers about his work in Cinderella Jump Rope Rhymes and more. Francesca: You’ve done a fabulous job capturing the spirit of our macabre jump rope rhymes. Can you say a little bit about your mindset as you were creating each painting? Did you see each rhyme as part of

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Issue Two of Demeter’s Spicebox

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Feb 132012
 
Issue Two of Demeter's Spicebox

It’s official, salt is sexy! In more than one tradition around the world, salt is used to purify enclosures, or home dwellings. Along with herbs, or turmeric, sea salt is said to remove negative charges from the atmosphere. Salt is an agent of purification, a very housewifely thing to keep on hand. But like love,

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Catherine Rémy: Where myth and landscape meet

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Dec 152011
 
Catherine Rémy: Where myth and landscape meet

Catherine Rémy: Where myth and landscape meet by Erzebet YellowBoy & Catherine Rémy The cover art for the 14th issue of Scheherezade’s Bequest was provided by Catherine Rémy, a visual artist who draws inspiration from landscape and myth. Her work has been exhibited at the Chatham Arts Centre, Covent Garden’s Jubillee Centre, the Medway Arts

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An Interview with Kirsty Greenwood

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Dec 152011
 
An Interview with Kirsty Greenwood

Kirsty Greenwood, the artist whose “Fighting Faeries” was featured on the cover of Scheherezade’s Bequest 13, has a talent for expressing the unworldly and transient nature of her subject. Describing herself as “a quixotic painter, illustrator, sculptor and seamstress”, she engages with paint and pencil, with wood and fabric, and with her own dreaming self

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The Silence of Trees – review

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Dec 152011
 
The Silence of Trees - review

Fairy tales are fantastical journeys; full of treacherous twists and turns, shadowed forests, unlikely helpers and often unlooked for opportunities. There is always magic of course, and usually love as well.

The Silence of Trees is a tale that contains all of those things.

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Let England Shake – review

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Dec 152011
 
Let England Shake - review

We think we know PJ Harvey, after almost twenty years; we may not be surprised that she has made a concept album about war, since she has always inclined to forbidding themes. Her reputation for somberness would not on its own make it easier for listeners to take her seriously as the creator of Let England Shake. Spooky chicks are supposed to move on to war after having exhausted suicidal heartbreak as a topic, and from them, war isn’t supposed to matter except as a new way to explore suicidal heartbreak.

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Kate Crackernuts: The Hen-Wife and her Cauldron of Wisdom

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Jul 122011
 
Kate Crackernuts: The Hen-Wife and her Cauldron of Wisdom

Kate Crackernuts: The Hen-Wife and her Cauldron of Wisdom by Colleen Szabo This tale is a wisdom tale featuring the old symbol of creativity and wisdom, the nut. We still use the term “nut” to denote the head, one location commonly assigned for wisdom; in fact, nuts are sort of like brains in a skull

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The Lost Machine – review

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Jul 072011
 
The Lost Machine - review

Richard A. Kirk’s The Lost Machine is a delightful yet dark tale about a man named Lumsden Moss who first appears in a prison cell, waking from a nightmare. We never learn exactly why the door to his cell is open that day; all we know is that the prison has fallen into chaos. Moss makes his escape and begins his quest to right the wrongs that put him there. With the help of an unexpected companion, Moss journeys through a world full of witches, bandits and ghosts in search of a mechanical boy — the AI who committed the murders for which Moss was convicted.

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Issue One of Demeter’s Spicebox

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Apr 252011
 
Issue One of Demeter’s Spicebox

For the inaugural issue of Demeter’s Spicebox, we wanted to revisit a tale that stands poised in between the active or passive heroine. Tatterhood, or the Aarne-Thompson folktale type 711, is a tale about both motherhood and what it means to be either the beautiful or ugly twin. The original folktale, as collected by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe, was a favourite of mine as a teenager. How could it not be? It was a tale that was refreshing in that the active and not attractive heroine prevails, but it also captures that insecurity that lies at the heart of every person who has felt marginalised, Othered or has been considered unattractive.

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Drawing out the Dragons

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Apr 232011
 
Drawing out the Dragons

I’d like to take a minute to draw your attention to this most remarkable book, written by James Owen of Coppervale International. This is quite possibly the most inspiring and empowering book I will read this year, and I’ve blogged about it already over on my website, so I won’t repeat myself here. Instead, I’m passing along a message from James himself, which you can read in full on James’ own blog in a post called Making Sure That Kids Have The Books They Need To Read…

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