To my hearth and the weaving of remembrance for those who suffered during the Scottish witch hunts. My plaid is threaded through traditional oral storytelling, exploration of folklore, resurrection by the written word, evocation of inspired art, and reclamation of the ancestral keening ritual to sing their souls home.
THE WITCHES OF CULROSS
The Witches of Culross was inspired by the true story of a mother and daughter who were accused of witchcraft in 17th-Century Scotland.
The book is a weaving of historical fact and fiction that tells the story of a mother and daughter from a small Scottish town, with the curse of second sight running through their salty veins. It is an inky cauldron that is bubbling with witch persecution, strange superstitions, curious customs, and salacious notions of demonic pacts. A folk magic grimoire, of stones, bones, herbs, and healing threads with roots in the heart of a dark past.
Written by a storytelling-wise-woman, who gives voice to the accused witches through her visceral tales of the burning times. The book is in English, with some old Scots dialogue for authenticity, and includes a dictionary of the mither tongue for any sassenachs.
You can buy it on Amazon as a kindle, paperback and hardback copy Or you can buy a signed copy of my book and a hand stitched linen and red thread bookmark, including post and packaging is £15. Click on the button for this option and wait to be transported back to the burning times.
“Rowan doesn't just tell you a story. She leads you straight into the heart and soul of it. She transports you to a magical land, and when you return, reluctantly, you will feel as if you have just emerged from a time machine, still tasting the Scottish salt air on your tongue”. (Jane Burns)