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

VINTAGE WRITING POST: Mary De Morgan

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.’ […]