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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

echoes: sara maitland - forests, fairytales and secrets

Kathleen Lolley: The Energy Between You and I (2013). More Kathleen Lolley.

"I believe that the great stretches of forest in northern Europe, with their constant seasonal changes, their restricted views, their astonishing biological diversity, their secret gifts and perils and the knowledge that you have to go through them to get to anywhere else, created the themes and ethics of the fairytales we know best. There are secrets, hidden identities, cunning disguises; there are rhythms of change like the changes of the season; there are characters, both human and animal, whose assistance can be earned or spurned; and there is - over and over again - the journey or quest, which leads first to knowledge and then to happiness. The forest is the place of trial in fairy stories, both dangerous and exciting. Coming to terms with the forest, surviving its terrors, utilising its gifts and gaining its help is the way to 'happy ever after'." 

Sara Maitland: Gossip from the Forest - the Tangled Roots of our Forests and Fairytales (2012)

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