Sharon Blackie

Sharon Blackie

Myth & folklore | Self-development | Fiction

Dr Sharon Blackie is an award-winning writer, psychologist and mythologist. Her highly acclaimed books, lectures and workshops are focused on the development of the mythic imagination, and on the relevance of myths, fairy tales and folk traditions to the personal, cultural and environmental problems we face today. As well as writing five books of fiction and non-fiction, including the bestselling If Women Rose Rooted and her latest, Hagitude, her writing has appeared in anthologies, collections and in several international media outlets – among them the Guardian, the Irish Times and the Scotsman. Her books have been translated into several languages, and she has been interviewed by the BBC, US public radio and other broadcasters on her areas of expertise. Sharon is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and has taught and lectured at several academic institutions, Jungian organisations, retreat centres and cultural festivals around the world.

THE LONG DELIRIOUS BURNING BLUE

THE LONG DELIRIOUS BURNING BLUE

‘It is that rarity, a first novel that smacks of not merely confidence, but authority … The ending is powerful, filmic, and achieving the kind of symmetry that novels often aspire to, but rarely reach.’

THE SCOTSMAN

‘Hugely potent … a tribute to the art of storytelling.

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HAGITUDE: REIMAGINING THE SECOND HALF OF LIFE

HAGITUDE: REIMAGINING THE SECOND HALF OF LIFE

Successfully shaping the second half of life

Interview with the RSA

Hagitude is already becoming a beloved cult classic, as a myth-infused manifesto for the possibilities for life from middle age onwards.’

Katherine May, author of Wintering

Hagitude is a fascinating book. It’s well researched, packed with stories and bursting with lovely descriptions of the natural world. There’s plenty in it to inspire women of every age.’

CHRISTINA PATTERSON, THE SUNDAY TIMES
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Hagitude has the power to change lives. By sharing her personal story alongside potent female figures from myth and history, Sharon Blackie offers us a rich and exciting vision of how we can grow into a more connected and creative second half of life. Full of fierce energy, this is a book that acts like a ration of courage, of purpose.’

Tanya Shadrick, author of The Cure for Sleep

‘Like all Blackie’s works it is erudite, wise, passionate and empowering – a feast and a joy of a book.’

Sophie Anderson, author of The House on Chicken Legs

‘This … dynamic book sets out an approach to ageing, that is not about staying at all costs young but instead advocates harnessing your power, learning from myths, archetypes and role models, and plotting a new liberating path as an elder (as opposed to elderly) woman. Bring on inconvenience, I say.’

Caroline Sanderson, The Bookseller

Hagitude takes readers through the “house of elders” – an extraordinary cast of figures including fairy godmothers, wise women, tricksters and creators, offering bewitching role models for women in their later years.’

Western Mail

THE ENCHANTED LIFE: UNLOCKING THE MAGIC OF THE EVERYDAY

THE ENCHANTED LIFE: UNLOCKING THE MAGIC OF THE EVERYDAY

‘Engaging and inspiring, Sharon Blackie’s beautiful book will empower people to find wonder in everyday life.’

Clover Stroud, author of The Wild Other

‘Sharon Blackie weaves a rich tableau of what a life full of wonder and authentic connection might look like, supplying practical ways to approach ancient wisdom. Her book is a beautiful roadmap to purposeful change.’

Lynn Thomson, author of Birding with Yeats

‘The most beautiful book I’ve read for a long time. Connect with your landscape; search for the myths and stories; look for ways to live that draw out your true human soul. This is a perfect place to begin re-finding ourselves.’

Amanda 
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‘Loved this book – inspired me to get in touch with the archetypes and myths that can enhance life even in a modern technological society. I’ve always looked for the magic in everyday life – this book authenticated this approach and helped me to feel that my life is worthwhile.’

Reader

‘Sharon has written a beautiful magical book that reminds us of what matters most in life – connection, place and nature. I felt like I was coming home to where I belong.’

Paul

‘A great read for those seeking to disentangle themselves from an institutional existence – for those wanting guidance on the path to re-enchantment.’

Bard

FOXFIRE, WOLFSKIN AND OTHER STORIES OF SHAPESHIFTING WOMEN

FOXFIRE, WOLFSKIN AND OTHER STORIES OF SHAPESHIFTING WOMEN

‘A jewel for lovers of the mystical, its pages conjure up reimaginings of ancient tales, characters and beliefs from an eco-feminist angle.’

Psychologies

‘A deeply evocative and haunting collection … Part rally cry, part warning, part manifesto and all parts enchanting, Sharon Blackie’s Foxfire, Wolfskin is a deeply evocative and haunting collection. Humming with the strength of our immutable voices, each story sings with the transformation that is possible when women take agency of our lives. I want to press this powerful book into the hands of everyone I know and say listen.’

Holly Ringland, author of The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart
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‘Thoroughly enjoyed the retelling of these legends, and actually preferred some to the originals I’ve read. I can highly recommend.’

Jade

‘The first story had me weeping with healing and bravery … I kept on reading and every story hit home to me. Beautifully written.’

Jamie

IF WOMEN ROSE ROOTED: A LIFE-CHANGING JOURNEY TO AUTHENTICITY AND BELONGING

IF WOMEN ROSE ROOTED: A LIFE-CHANGING JOURNEY TO AUTHENTICITY AND BELONGING

‘I love this book. Truly, it’s mind-blowing in the most profound and exhilarating sense. This is an anthem for all we could be, an essential book for this, the most critical of recent times. I sincerely hope every woman who can read is given one, and has the time and the space to read it.’

Manda Scott, author of Boudica and Into the Fire

‘Women have long been told to “know our place”. This powerful and inspiring exploration of the female relationship with landscape turns the diktat around, showing us what may be gained from doing just that.’

 Melissa Harrison, author of Clay and At Hawthorn Time
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Sharon Blackie has a fascinating way of weaving her own story together with often forgotten or misunderstood myths and legends and the life stories of pioneering and inspiring women of today. Her descriptions of the landscape she so intimately explores are captivating and invite us into deeper communion with nature. This is a powerful call to embody a more authentic and brave life which challenges a diseased and deadening culture. It’s unflinching from the challenges we face as humans and as women on a threatened planet and finds redemption through reconnection with our roots.’

Morgan

‘When a book comes into your life at just the right time as this one did you know it’s not coincidence. Fabulously well written from the heartspace. Life changing experiences shared with a deep understanding of place and remembering. A great honouring of the heroines journey our Celtic ancestry and our place in this land for this time. Couldnt recommend this book more!’

She Adhar