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Hagitude

Reimagining the second half of life

My third nonfiction book, Hagitude, will be published on September 1, 2022.

‘In the oldest known cosmology of my native lands, it wasn’t a sky-bound old man with a beard who made and shaped this world. It was an old woman. A giant old woman, who has been with us down all the long ages, since the beginning of time.’

Deftly interweaving myth, psychology and memoir, Sharon Blackie argues that menopause ushers in a rich and vibrant new phase of life, and explores the many different ways in which women can flourish during what is so often portrayed as a time of decline.

Hagitude unearths the stories of the little-known but powerful elder women in European myth and folklore, inspiring readers to imagine that the last decades of our lives might be the most dynamic of all. This moving and uplifting book will inspire a new generation of female elders: women who have reclaimed their Inner Hag, matured into their own unique brand of hagitude and who are ready to pass down their deep feminine wisdom for the benefit of the wider Earth community.

At the end of 2021, I’m delighted to have completed my third nonfiction book, Hagitude, just a year later than originally scheduled after a delay caused by illness and treatment for lymphoma. That time between the completion of one big project and the conception of the next is always a little strange. I have several ideas in my head, for both fiction and nonfiction, and right now I’m dabbling with all of them to see which of the potential books I’m incubating really wants to be written right now. So, watch this space, and above all, sign up to my newsletter (below) to keep up to date!

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