Hagitude

I’m 57 years old going on 58, and I keep waiting for my hair to turn grey. It refuses. Instead, the red in it which I always loved has simply faded to duller and darker. The same thing has happened to everyone on my father’s side of the family with my colouring – but I’d [...]

2019-03-21T08:24:57+01:00February 6th, 2019|Article|59 Comments

Book review: Epitaph for the Ash, by Lisa Samson

I don’t usually write book reviews on any forum, but every now and again a book comes along which makes me want to. So here is the first of what will be an occasional series, for sure: a collection of the small number of books which (often unexpectedly) really make an impact. Lisa Samson’s just-published [...]

2018-03-23T15:19:31+01:00March 23rd, 2018|Article|1 Comment

The mythology of women working together

One of my favourite stories in Irish mythology is called ‘The Only Jealousy of Emer’ – the Emer in question being the wife of the great warrior (but not so great husband) Cú Chulainn. I love it because it wonderfully subverts the usual ‘betrayed wife’ narrative, and the other cultural narratives which (even to this [...]

2018-11-18T14:44:04+01:00September 10th, 2017|Article|18 Comments

Re-membering women’s stories

Have you noticed how the initiatory event in myths and fairytales about women is so often an act of dismemberment? Let’s look at a few. Sedna, whose father throws her in the sea because she does not match up to his requirements of her, and then chops off her fingers when she clings to the [...]

2016-11-11T10:23:44+01:00November 11th, 2016|Article|26 Comments