The Book of Hag is wrapped around travels into old age and towards ancientness. Old women, elders, grandmothers, crones and hags inhabit its pages and propel it through cycles of time and wild landscape as they traverse the winter years. It unravels a tale of one woman and braids together the tales of many. The ongoing journey of Bark, an old woman who is travelling the hag road and navigating a chaotic and challenging winter threshold, is threaded through with a captivating and diverse collection of stories, snippets and songs.
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A Note from Carolyn
This is the book I have been waiting impatiently to become old enough to write! Striding towards the threshold into old womanhood, I wanted to create something that would add to our collective appreciation and profound honouring of the challenge, depth, liberation, grace, pain and humour of reaching older age. For if we run from it, or try to duck and dodge the truth of our shape-shifting bodies and our pulsating minds, we may find ourselves pursued by glowering grandmothers and crinkled crones, through dreams or forests or city streets, until we are ready to turn and inhabit the old woman we have become.
The writing journey was not always easy; winter held the secret to this unfolding story of Bark and so it was into the deep dark isolation of those cold months that I plunged, in order to find her and to follow her unsteady and uncertain path. But I came to realise that there were often other old women lingering close by, ready to twist the plot and lighten the mood. They accompanied me out to the edge and home again.
Book of Hag will eventually unfold over four volumes. Each book is whole unto itself, but I hope that together they will offer a magnificent and comprehensive celebration of old womanhood. So you are invited to travel with this company of hags. They will set sail on cold seas and dip down to deep waters but, once there, they will fish around for the laughs. After all, the hag time is not all grim and gristle.
List of Contents
The bones of this book might be sorted into two piles. There are the individual tales and there is the continuing story of Bark, which wanders and weaves among the other yarns. So that you may be sure when you are returning to the longer story, the typeface is different. This index lays out a linear map of Bark’s journey. The First Season begins a journey that will spiral through four volumes of the Book of Hag.
Old-Fashioned Postcard | Enough And Quickly Shared (Bark 1) | Dancing With Billie | Their Terms Set Out (Bark 2) | The Chalk Cottage | Nothing We Could Ever Dream (Bark 3) | The Hagetty Drum | Forgotten There Ever Was A Dance (Bark 4) | One Evening At The Cosmic Lost And Found | Crushed Beneath the Antlered Fury (Bark 5) | Granny Yule | Sock Notes | Ty’nebya Walked Past In The Snow (Bark 6) | Mooning The Bear| Left By Her Among The Ash And Embers (Bark 7) | A Curse On Ironing | Crone’s Foot Song | A Spiralling Barkskin Dance (Bark 8) | Rebellion At The House of Rivers | Touching Edgeland (Bark 9) | A Kettle of Bilberry Soup | That Muddle Of Masks And Mirrors (Bark 10) | A Song We All Knew How To Sing | Crow Song At The Grave Place (Bark 11) | The Way We Die |Return To The Shydi (Bark 12) | One Crone’s Wheelbarrow| The Bee Herder’s Hut (Bark 13) | Anarchy: Rules Of The Hag Road | More Old-Fashioned Postcards | Hag Hands| Songs For The Hag Road (First Season) | Defining Words | The Last Bits