February 25, 2020

The Story Behind the Grimm Brothers’ Fairy Tales

Once upon a time there were two brothers who lived in a small kingdom in the middle of a crazy patchwork of other small kingdoms, each […]
February 25, 2020

Wilhelm Grimm: the quintessential romantic hero?

One of the problems of writing historical fiction which draws on the lives of real people is that, well, they’re real people. And if you are […]
February 23, 2020

Writing Lessons I learned from Charles Dickens

Writing Lessons I Learned From Charles Dickens Research deeply, and read only ‘books (that have) the air of the time in them.’ Plan slowly & carefully […]
February 16, 2020

A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities was Charles Dickens’s twelfth novel, and was written and published at a tumultuous time of his life. He was at that time in his mid-40s, unhappily married with ten children aged between 20 and 5. He was already famous, having written such great classics [...]
February 9, 2020

Interview with Kate on Fairy Tales

I was recently contacted by a group of college students in the US who are studying my books as part of a module on fairy tale […]
December 1, 2019

VINTAGE WRITING POST: Q & A for Kate Forsyth on Vasalisa The Wise

Here is the Q & A article on Vasalisa The Wise published in Good Reading Magazine Dec/Jan 17-18   1)The original Russian tale of Vasilisa seems […]
November 24, 2019

VINTAGE POST: Vasilisa The Wise

To celebrate I thought I would explore the history of the titular tale, which is one of the best-known and best-loved Russian fairy-tales. An old oral tale, it was transcribed by Alexander Nikolayevich Afanasyev between 1855-67 and first published in his collection, Russian Fairy Tales.  There are many different versions of the story [...]
November 19, 2019
The Chronicles of Narnia

The 50 Authors Who Shaped Me

It took me a long while to compile my list of “The 50 Authors who Shaped Me” – it was so difficult to choose only fifty from the thousands of authors whose work meant so much to me through my life.
November 15, 2019


Mary de Morgan Blog    ‘Help me, sweet Love!’ she cried, and then began to weep. ‘Poor Queen Blanchelys!’ said Love. ‘Your rose-tree is dead then.’ […]