One way or another, fairytales are woven into the fabric of our childhood. They put a face to our fears and remind us that we can get over them if we persevere; if we never lose faith. They remind us that we are more capable than we believe ourselves to be. They teach us invaluable life lessons and prepare us for the pitfalls of life. Most of all, they give us hope. They promise us a light in the darkness. They reassure us that, somehow, someway, everything will be all right in the end.
A few months ago, I wrote a short story inspired by One Thousand and One Nights - a collection of Middle Eastern fairytales compiled in Arabic during the Islamic Golden Age (more commonly known as the Arabian Nights). To my utter shock, Dancing Bear Books chose to include the story in their compilation, Little Book of Fairytales.
Dancing Bear Books has made a special effort to put together a collection of stories written by minorities about minorities that are neither last thoughts nor tokenisations. Each story is an original reimagining of a fairytale, myth and/or legend, exploring tragedy, love and triumph.
"Bewitching prose from worldwide storytellers."
Dancing Bear Books Ltd. was established in early 2019 by Lucy Rose and Kristel Buckley. A micro publisher of Folklore, Fairytales and Fantasy, they look to promote diversity in fantasy-related commercial fiction.
Recently, they partnered with Coram Beanstalk, a UK charity for children's reading. A portion of the profit from each book sold is donated to their cause.
"Everything you'd want from a book of fairytales."
I'm beyond pleased to announce that the book is available to pre-order from October 25th 2019, and will be released on November 1st 2019. You can purchase your copy via Amazon and all other independent bookshops.
There's also an interview with the founders of Dancing Bear Books next month, just in time for release, so make sure you keep an eye out for that.
"Enchanting and addictive."
Happy Reading, lovelies!