I am a writer, storyweaver, psychologist and co-editor of EarthLines Magazine, living in a small cottage by a river in the hills of wild and beautiful County Donegal, Ireland. My first novel, The Long Delirious Burning Blue, was described by the Independent on Sunday (UK) as ‘Hugely potent. A tribute to the art of storytelling that is itself an affecting and inspiring story,’ and by The Scotsman as ‘powerful (reminiscent of The English Patient), filmic, and achieving the kind of symmetry that novels often aspire to, but rarely reach.’
The focus of all of my work is on exploring and nurturing women’s generative, creative and transformative energies. My ultimate aim is simple: to inspire women to rise up, and to use their unique wisdom to change the world. My approach emphasises a connection to the natural world which is both grounded and imaginative. Grounded, because it teaches a deep way of belonging to the land in the place where we live right now; imaginative, because it focuses on deepening our relationship with the land and with place through myth and story. I believe we can transform ourselves and the world around us by adopting our own native worldviews and wisdom traditions — but only by exploring their roots in a way that is as authentic as possible, unfiltered by romanticisation, fantasy or modern cultural projections. This is the subject of my next book, a work of nonfiction entitled If Women Rose Rooted, which will be published in Spring 2016. It is also the subject of my online course, Reclaiming the Wise Woman.
I run workshops, creative retreats and offer a variety of courses for women; please check out the different ways you can work with me at this page. Over at Singing Over the Bones you’ll find my blog. Please do join me there, and sign up to my newsletter at the bottom of this page to keep up to date with what’s going on.
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My new book If Women Rose Rooted will be published in March 2016. Taking inspiration from the archetypal landscapes of Celtic nations, it urges women to reclaim our native traditions with the help of the myths and stories that spring directly from the ground under our feet, and to take up our ancient traditional roles as guardians and protectors of the land.
I run workshops, creative retreats and offer a variety of courses for women; you can find out more here. (Image: ‘Dreaming Tree’ by Christian Schloe)
‘If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees.’
Rainer Maria Rilke
Sisterhood of the BonesA unique year-long experience for women who want to delve deeply into wild stories, myths and archetypes, and so to connect in a grounded, rooted way with the cycles and seasons of the year. This project reclaims the magic of the old-fashioned letter. More information here.
Singing Over the Bones Creative RetreatsTransformative ‘Singing Over the Bones’ creative retreats for women writers and artists take place on Ireland’s wild and beautiful western coastline. Find more information here.
JournalPlease visit and subscribe to my blog, Singing Over the Bones, where you’ll find articles on psychology, place and belonging, myth and story, and all the ways in which women can participate in the remaking of the world. (Image: ‘Night Woman/Crone Tree’ by Carolyn Hillyer)
‘If women remember that once upon a time we sang with the tongues of seals and flew with the wings of swans, that we forged our own paths through the dark forest while creating a community of its many inhabitants, then we will rise up rooted, like trees. And if we rise up rooted, like trees … well then, women might indeed save not only ourselves, but the world.’
Sharon Blackie, If Women Rose Rooted