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Sharon Blackie

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I was born in the north-east of England, a Celt through and through: my family and ancestry is both Scottish and Irish, and I was raised on an imaginatively rich diet of Irish myth, poetry, music and history. After studying psychology, I spent several years as an academic neuroscientist/ psychologist specialising in the field of anxiety and panic, and working at the Hôpital Pitié-Salpêtrière in Paris and the Institute of Neurology in London. After a few twists and turns, including some unwise years advising a tobacco company on smoking and health and safer cigarettes, and the acquisition of a master’s degree in Creative Writing, I moved to a croft in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. There I returned to my roots, in practice as a therap ...more

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Sharon Blackie I have several things brewing right now. A new nonfiction book called 'the Enchanted Life' will be published in spring 2018. After that, I'm returning…moreI have several things brewing right now. A new nonfiction book called 'the Enchanted Life' will be published in spring 2018. After that, I'm returning to fiction and am working on a couple of collections of new 'fairy tales' for young adults and adults. One will be published at the end of 2018, and the other at the end of 2019.(less)
Sharon Blackie Everything I write is in some way inspired by the interaction of the physical environment I live in with the stories and myths that spring from it.…moreEverything I write is in some way inspired by the interaction of the physical environment I live in with the stories and myths that spring from it. The two are always intertwined in my work, and it's almost always the case when I'm writing fiction, for example, that a character or theme in a myth will creep into my thoughts and dreams and demand a voice. I live in Ireland, which is a country where the myths and stories of the land are still vividly alive, part of everyday life. It's a country which stimulates my imagination as no other place ever has.(less)
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“The world which men have made isn’t working. Something needs to change. To change the world, we women need first to change ourselves – and then we need to change the stories we tell about who we are. The stories we’ve been living by for the past few centuries – the stories of male superiority, of progress and growth and domination – don’t serve women and they certainly don’t serve the planet. Stories matter, you see.”
Sharon Blackie, If Women Rose Rooted: The Power of the Celtic Woman

“In all the old stories, the geilt is hypersensitive to the sights and sounds of the civilised world, finding them unendurable. She finds other people unendurable too; only alone in the wild, in nature, can safety and freedom be found.”
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“Whilst the Earth Mother finds immense comfort, safety and satisfaction in marriage, domesticity, growing food and children, and enjoys order around her, the Creative Rainbow Mother regularly feels the need to fly free. And if she can’t . . . well, the flip side of her is the Crazy Woman: depressed, unable to touch her power, tied, numb, self-medicating, addicted. Crazy Woman breaks out if we try to spend all our time out in the world, or serving others.’ The”
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