Hedgespoken is delighted to stock a few copies of this remarkable book published by Wild Talewort - Sylvia and Rima have already collaborated on the extraordinary creation that is Tatterdemalion (also stocked by the Hedgespoken Emporium.)
You can read more about Our Lady of the Dark Country in Sylvia's own words here.
In this collection of short stories, poems, and a novella, Sylvia V. Linsteadt explores the roots of patriarchal conquest in ancient Europe, and the possibility of something wholly different in both the deep past and the deep future. These are tales of women’s power, of a strength rooted in the dark of the moon and the nourishing soil. Within these pages, three girls call down dragons at the end of the world; Rhea Silvia, mother of Rome, tells the story of her life and her love for the river Tiber; a priestess of Delphi defies Apollo the day he comes to conquer the Python; a woman named Magdalena is accused of witchcraft in a small German town; a mountain lion leaps between ages; a group of women spin nettle fiber beyond the end of the world; and a maiden, mother and crone call forth the snakes that live in the Earth to try to overthrow a colonial empire.
This is an utterly enchanting and magical book. I knew I would love it from the feisty feminist introduction that Sylvia writes, a call to heart action, through to the heartbreaking and beautiful tale of the Pythia. She is truly a weaver of witch magic. I have just finished the tale of Our Lady of Nettles, and was so spellbound, I went out into my wild patch of garden to harvest my own under the full moon. Rima’s artwork is a beautiful addition to what is a truly original and beautifully written book.
Loved ‘Tatterdemalion’ — so looking forward to reading this!
I ordered this book from Australia. I am familiar with Rima Staine's work and love it, am SO excited to have bedtime reading. Only just started as it arrived from UK yesterday. This is my familiar...
Our Lady of the Dark Country
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The book itself is fabulous, if you haven't read it yet, you're in for a treat - buy it!!