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LGBT Selkie Poem

I’m posting this Scottish folklore poetry re-imagined with an LGBT twist for those interested in selkie literature. The book will launch at LGBT History Month in Scotland in February 2019. Students of the Generation Dead: YA Fiction and the Gothic … Continue reading

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Why YA Gothic Fiction is Booming and Girl Monsters are on the Rise

I’m posting this article from The Conversation by Michelle Smith for this year’s Generation Dead: YA Fiction and the Gothic students, who will begin their study of the YA Gothic genre in September. Why YA Gothic Fiction is Booming and … Continue reading

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The Selkie: Storytelling, Poetry & Panel

I am teaching Selkies this week on OGOM’s YA gothic course and I have just discovered this Selkie: Storytelling, Poetry & Panel Discussion on the 19th March in Brighton. The event is part of Imogen Di Sapia’s exhibition The Selkie: Weaving … Continue reading

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Literature for the Living Impaired: Teaching Zombie YA Fiction

Histories of zombies tend to focus on their reanimation in film and understandably privilege the birth of the Romero zombie. The ‘living impaired’ in literature are often overlooked in these accounts, together with their relationship to folklore, so I appreciate … Continue reading

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Tides: Selkie Fiction and Film

Following Kendra Reynolds’s interesting paper on ‘Watery Bodies and Boundaries in Betsy Cornwell’s Tides’ at the Identities in YA Fiction symposium I have chosen to teach Tides (2014) on Generation Dead: YA Fiction and the Gothic in 2018 (starting in a week). … Continue reading

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Selkies and mermaids in novels and other media

Among the many fabulous creatures who cross boundaries, selkies and mermaids are particularly fascinating; the former metamorphose between seal and human, the latter are hybrid fish and human. Both exist on the margin of sea and land. Quite a few … Continue reading

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Contemporary Fiction Featuring Angels

Most of these are Paranormal Romance, and mostly Young Adult. These angels are generally Fallen and condemned to atone on Earth in some way or another. A couple are borderline–demons or djinn. Adornetto, Alexandra, Halo, Halo Series, 1 (London: Atom, … Continue reading

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East of Eden: A Guide to Angels

(William Blake (1757-1827), ‘David delivered out of many waters [by angels] with God presiding over’ c.1805) Who and What are Angels? Angels are referred to in Hebrew as mal’ach, in Greek as aggelos, both meaning ‘messenger’. Seraphim, Cherubim and ‘watchers’ … Continue reading

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OGOM and Young Adult Fiction @Identities_YA

Just a quick post to say thank you to Dr Sonya Andermahr and Anthony Stepniak for organising the Identities in YA Symposium and for inviting me to give a keynote. There were many highlights to the day including the ‘Monstrous … Continue reading

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Young Adult Fiction: Empathy or Derision?

I’m revisiting an interesting article by Maria Nikolajeva, director of the Homerton Research and Teaching Centre for Children’s Literature, entitled ‘Young adult fiction is integral to helping students develop empathy’, ahead of the YA Investigating Identities conference at the University of … Continue reading

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