FFB: A Far Cry from Kensington by Muriel Spark

I don’t know why I put this off so long: maybe it was knowing it was set in the publishing world. That sort of roman à clef doesn’t usually appeal to me much — possibly because there is nothing much that will surprise me about the publishing world anymore. But dashing off on the train to…

#FolkloreThursday: #storytime by Joanne Harris and the Storytime Band

If like me you have not been able to catch the live version of Joanne Harris’ #storytime, you’ll be glad to know that this CD captures the experience rather well (I suspect). Music, song and story blend together to create a magical experience with the freshness of a live performance. Folktale aficionados will find Harris’…

Out-Create the Destruction

Thanks to the fabulous Pam Grossman mentioning this in an interview, I have been recharged by the great quote from the always delightful Tori Amos: “You have to out-create the destruction – it’s the only way.” (By the by, have you been listening to Native Invader? It’s really terrific.) I realise that this is what…

Pre-Order: Inanna’s Ascent

Out in July it’s the goddess-inspired anthology Inanna’s Ascent: Reclaiming Female Power. I have an essay detailing the inspiration for my novel Owl Stretching which incorporates elements of the ancient Sumerian tale of Inanna’s Descent. Pre-order here. Edited by Trista Hendren, Tamara Albanna and Pat Daly Scheduled for July 2018 With contributions by: Amanda Lee Morris, Annelinde Metzner, Annie…

Out Now: Madonna of the Wasps 5 #WiHM

What better way to wrap up Women in Horror Month? The final chapter of The Blood Red Experiment is out now! Read the exciting conclusion of Madonna of the Wasps and all the gialli in this collection. The breakneck pace whips along to the unexpected end — how will all the threads be brought together? It’s a…

My Blakean Muse

Rouze up, O Young Men of the New Age! set your foreheads against the ignorant Hirelings! For we have Hirelings in the Camp, the Court & the University, who would, if they could, for ever depress Mental & prolong Corporeal War. William Blake, Preface to Milton I have had some insight into a revision I…

Ione’s Dream Festival: Dreaming as a Musical Practice

The SpeakEasy dames are hosting Ione’s Dream Festival this week: check it out on Facebook. Today’s entry by Lys Guillorn, singer-songwriter and all around great gal, can be found at her website. Here’s a taste: I trust my dreams to reveal aspects of reality that I can’t access in waking life. The shuffle of influences,…