Dr. Sharon Blackie’s work sits at the interface of psychology, mythology and ecology. Her highly acclaimed books, articles, popular online courses and residential retreats are focused on the relevance of Northern European (especially Celtic) myths, fairy tales and folk traditions to the personal, social and environmental problems we face today.


‘I love this book. It’s mind-blowing in the most profound and exhilarating sense. This is an anthem for all we could be. It’s an essential book for this, the most critical of recent times.’ Manda Scott, author of the best-selling ‘Boudica’ series and ‘Into the Fire’

‘Women have long been told to ‘know our place’. This powerful and inspiring exploration of the female relationship with landscape turns the diktat around, showing us what may be gained from doing just that.’ Melissa Harrison, author of the Costa-Shortlisted ‘At Hawthorn Time’

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‘Hugely potent. A tribute to the art of storytelling that is itself an affecting and inspiring story.’ The Independent on Sunday

‘[P]owerful (reminiscent of The English Patient), filmic, and achieving the kind of symmetry that novels often aspire to, but rarely reach.’ The Scotsman

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If Women Rose Rooted is ‘mind-blowing in the most profound and exhilarating sense … an anthem for all we could be. It’s an essential book for this, the most critical of recent times.’

Manda Scott, author of the ‘Boudica’ series and ‘Into the Fire’

Work with me

I currently offer three online courses in myth- and story-making; please visit my main Mythmaking page for details, and to sign up. You’ll also find more information about ‘Singing Over the Bones’ creative retreats for women.

Why myth matters

My work with myth and story comes out of my background in psychology, mythology and Celtic literature. Although most of what is written about folk and fairy tales in the popular media today is centered around northern European fairytales such as those collected by the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, Perrault and others, my own focus is firmly rooted in the mythology and folklore of Celtic countries. … Read more …

EarthLines Magazine

Please check out EarthLines Magazine, edited by me and my husband David Knowles. EarthLines is a full-colour, thrice-yearly magazine for writing which explores our complex relationship with the natural world. We have a strong focus on place and on the culture and lore of place. EarthLines is challenging, eclectic, multidisciplinary, feisty, gritty, and above all, thoroughly grounded.

‘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

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