I’m really thrilled to say that I have a new piece of writing published! My piece of creative non-fiction, ‘The Thorn’, appears in The Medusa Project anthology, published as an ebook by alternative magazine Mookychick. The anthology launches today, on Halloween, and can be downloaded for free right away!

The Medusa Project anthology can be downloaded for free here.

As an assistant poetry editor within the Mookychick team, I can attest to the belief and dedication this organisation pours into all of their hard work. This anthology was spearheaded by the two editors I work closest with, Juliette van der Molen and Megha Sood, and I am thrilled to see the outcome of all their hard work.

The anthology was developed as a response to International Women’s Day, and is infused with the themes of feminism, spirituality, inclusivity, and power that are always at the forefront of Mookychick’s work. It contains a medley of essays, journeys, rituals, art-spells, fiction and poetry.

My piece, ‘The Thorn’, is a meditation on certain truths I have learned about a local tragedy, told alongside ruminations on the ancient language of the Younger Futhorc, or the Anglo-Saxon runes. The thorn, þorn, is a rune that is lodged in our modern understanding: many of us have heard the story of how ‘ye old’ actually means ‘the old’, as the thorn rune which lingered for a long time in our written language looks like our modern letter ‘y’. The thorn is also one of the only ancient runes which still remains in certain modern languages, such as Icelandic.

The thorn also provides a perfect way into understanding how runes work. Each ancient rune name (such as þorn) has a modern translation (‘thorn’), while at the same time standing for a letter or phoneme (in this case, ‘th’). Each rune also has a meaning, or rather a multitude of meanings, which are suggested by its name. In my piece of prose, I used these meanings to unpick the truths of the tragedy I was telling, and using them as a lens through which to view themes of motherhood, strife, and death.

The Medusa Project provided a place for this story to be told. More than that, it offered me a space to experiment with different kinds of writing: to take risks, and to explore new modes of expression.

I hope you enjoy reading Mookychick’s debut anthology, as I certainly will. I am looking forward to seeing what other stories hold a place amongst its (electronic) pages. Wishing you all a Happy Halloween, All Hallow’s, or Samhain.

The Medusa Project anthology can be downloaded for free here.

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