Into the Forest with Hansel and Gretel

We had a magical night out on Friday, thanks to Scottish Ballet’s full-length production of Hansel and Gretel.  My favourite re-telling of this Brothers Grimm tale remains the “Gingerbread” episode from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (S3 Ep11)—evil children trick townsfolk into going mob and tying good witches to stakes—but I do love a lush, narrativeContinue reading “Into the Forest with Hansel and Gretel”

Golem in Translation

I received an early Christmas present this year.  My kids’ book came out in Macedonian a month ago and I received my three copies in the mail from the publisher, Vermilion Books .  They did an excellent job on the cover, putting Edda’s favourite painting on it: Una and the Lion, by William Scott Bell. Continue reading “Golem in Translation”

Why Violence against Women and Children is an Environmental Issue

There are many reasons why violence against women and children is an environmental issue.  The one I have in mind tonight, however, has to do with access to “wild” spaces. I’m not going to get into the whole debate over what is “wild” and whether “wilderness” actually exists anymore.  What I want to focus onContinue reading “Why Violence against Women and Children is an Environmental Issue”