short story – Nim of the Loch

They named her wrong. Humans always get names wrong. Her mother threw herself from the flat-tired car and stumbled to my loch. She or the baby or maybe both were craving the feel of water, and she collapsed in the banks with her feet submerged. An agitated man followed, yelling that it was too dark [...]

book review – Girls Made of Snow and Glass

I loved, loved, LOVED this book. Magic  ✔ Fairytale Re-telling  ✔ Badass women  ✔ Complex relationships  ✔ Queer romance  ✔ Creepy magical heart surgery  ✔ Melissa Bashardoust's novel is a beautiful, feminist twist on the Snow White fairytales, focusing on the relationship between Lynet and her stepmother, Mina, through entwining narratives of past and present. Mina's cruel, widowed magician father has [...]

short story: celestia pearl and the glass fairy

Celestia Pearl was made of rags and scraps. Her strings were frayed, her limbs were splintered. Her winter white hair was matted and knotted on top of her head, glistening like frost from old spilt glitter. Her grey-white dress was stained and threadbare and there were holes in her striped tights. From her perch on [...]

short story – skye sparrow

Skye Sparrow was weird. She had a weird name, weird clothes, weird sense of humour, weird taste in music. Her hair fell to her waist, a soft shade of lilac, and her lips were painted dark and inelegantly, as if she had crushed blackberries against her lips. She wore bold, mismatching colours in outdated fashions [...]

short-story : red, white and silver

There were still stitches on her chest, black thorns twisting over her heart. She ran a finger over the crude threads as she looked at the thin, snowy dress waiting for her and hoped that the stitches wouldn’t show beneath it. Bring me her heart, her stepmother had said. And so they had. Whatever beat [...]

Icelandic folktales

So I've just come back from a little adventure in Iceland! it is an absolutely beautiful and inspiring country, full of stories and myths and magic. Plus, did you know that the literacy rate there is 99%? Impressive! So I thought I'd share one little tragic story and another sweeter folktale that I was told there. [...]