September Publishing has signed mythologist and psychologist Sharon Blackie’s fictional collection of literary reworkings of myth and fairy tales.
The publisher acquired world all language rights to Foxfire, Wolfskin and Other Tales of Shape-Shifting Women from Kirsty McLachlan at David Godwin Associates Ltd. It will be published as a hardback during autumn 2019, and is September’s third book with Sharon Blackie.
Publisher Hannah MacDonald praised Blackie, who she said is a "key author" for the press.
"Her beautiful prose delivers profound truths on the feminine experience, and on the importance of the mythic imagination in daily life", said MacDonald. "Above all, she is a writer rooted in a deep sense of place, urging us to connect with and listen to the land and its creatures. Her international success has grown from social media, events and through charismatic indie booksellers in the UK and US."
MacDonald added: "She defies genre pigeonholes but Foxfire, Wolfskin—a fictional collection of fantastic characters—will be a breakout book for Sharon in the high street trade, expanding the range of her writings on the relevance of myths, fairy tales and folk traditions to the personal, social and environmental problems we face today."
Blackie's previous books are If Women Rose Rooted and The Enchanted Life: Unlocking the Magic of the Everyday.
Foxfire, Wolfskin and Other Tales of Shape-Shifting Women is a return to fiction for mythologist and psychologist Sharon Blackie. Each "beautifully crafted" tale is a modern reworking of essential myths and fairy tales from our native folklore.
Blackie said: "I’m delighted to be working on another project with the committed and creative women at the heart of September’s team. The stories in Foxfire, Wolfskin are about women’s remarkable ability to transform themselves in the face of seemingly impossible circumstances. They’re also about coming to terms with our animal natures, exploring the ways in which we might renegotiate our fractured relationship with the natural world, and come to terms with the wildness—and wilderness—within. Above all, their ultimate concern is with the ways we might weave the magical threads of myth and enchantment back into the tapestry of modern life."