May Day

Cherry Blossom by Hannah Foley. All rights reserved (

Today is May Day or Beltane, the traditional British festival in celebration of the coming of summer. Between now and Midsummer – a time of elves, faeries and magic – I’ll be writing a series of posts celebrating the folktales and magic that underpin my book The Spellbinding Secret of Avery Buckle. I’ll be linking them with modern issues such a feminism, morality, class, and landscape. A pre-warning: some of them are fairly lengthy but they are on subjects that I have thought long and hard about, and care deeply about. So, I intend to trespass on your goodwill and patience! Take a break from the blog if you’re not interested (I won’t be offended) but please do come back again! Otherwise, grab a comfy chair, a hot cuppa, and gather round… The first one will be up this Wednesday!

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