Huge thanks to Kate Garrett-Nield of Three Drops Press for publishing A Sprig of Rowan today. Available at http://tinyurl.com/asprigofrowan
Kate wrote on the back: ‘In A Sprig of Rowan Rebecca Gethin leads us through earth myth and otherworld lore, archaeological finds and everyday ritual. The splash of as selkie, an owl in flight – natural and supernatural magic alike flit within these poems. Catch them if you can.’
And here is what Penelope Shuttle so very generously said about it: ‘Rebecca Gethin’s re-intepretations of ‘the pagan’ are full of contemporary relevance. Her poems track the liminal, exploring the mysterious, the shadowy, the territory of moonlight. The reader is drawn into a underside-universe of acute realities and memorable encounters with such entities as ‘a wraith of the darkness’ or a blacksmith who must have fairy blood, or places such as ‘the ancient library of granite’. We are invited to read a ‘script of quartz’. We are taken on an elemental and magical journey rich in colour, close observation and lovely active language. A beautiful collection.’
I am also grateful to the Hawthornden Trust for giving me the time to write many of these poems.