In Praise of Nymphs

In Praise of Nymphs

I had a dream the other night that I had written something important using a fountain pen. I was staying in a hotel and I came out of the room carrying my writings in a sheaf of loose papers. I got on the elevator with a couple who were wearing white robes. Each of...
Real Nightingales

Real Nightingales

Lately I’ve been using WonderLit to explore the Anderson story, The Emperor and the Nightingale. You might remember that the story is about a nightingale who is captured and taken to the palace of the Emperor of China. She has a voice of unparalleled beauty and when...
Speaking with Hansel and Gretel

Speaking with Hansel and Gretel

At the Storytellers of Canada conference in Peterborough this month, Mark Jenkins and I had the privilege of spending the day with a fabulous group of storytellers and exploring the ‘thresholds’ in our fairy tales and lives. As we led the group through the universal...
Moving With Melusine

Moving With Melusine

In the past few weeks I’ve been very much engaged with the French legend of Melusine, which we’re exploring in the Threads workshop series this year. The story has haunted me for over a decade. Back in 2002, after writing How to Ride a Dragon, I became fascinated by...
The Fish Girl

The Fish Girl

I’m doing something a little different and posting a video blog, inspired by my dear friend Jean Sheppard who did the most extraordinary thing on my birthday. I was so overcome that I sat myself down in front of the camera to tell the story of why Jean’s...

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