And it’s… a BOOK!

ORFEIA comes out in the UK in both hardback and in audiobook on September 3rd. Cover art is by Sue Gent; internal art by Bonnie Helen Hawkins, and we’re all very proud of how our new book turned out. It’s my darkest, richest novella yet, dealing with grief, isolation, fantasy, memory, motherhood and sacrifice, and I really hope you’ll like it. I’ll be doing a number of virtual events this month to celebrate the launch, so do check out my events page to see what I’m up to, and join me on my blog tour if you can.

I did a spot on Orfeia and settings in story for Wendy Jones’ Writing and Marketing podcast – you can find it here.

I also wrote a piece on the Child Ballads, and why they’re anything but child’s play.

Due to Covid-19 I won’t be doing any in-person signings, but if you’d like a signed bookplate for your copy of the new book, Bonnie has designed a beautiful one exclusively for ORFEIA: just buy me a coffee on ko-fi to pay for postage, and I’ll pop one in the post for you.

Order your copy here!

Want to study ORFEIA as part of a readers’ group? Here’s a handy guide to give you some ideas and extra resources. (Note: some of the questions contain spoilers, if you’re worried about that kind of thing.)

Jealous queens and wicked witches: a blog post on ORFEIA and the role of older women in traditional fairytales.

A mother’s grief and the dark side of fairytales. A blog post of the background to Orfeia.

Bonnie has written a terrific blog post on how she and I came to work together. Check it out here!

Want a taste of what it’s like? Here’s a clip of me, reading from the book…

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