Our very own Suzanne d’Corsey, Moore Free Library Trustee, will be reading from and signing her new book – see below – at the Library on Thursday, October 22nd, 5:30-7pm.
Introducing ‘The Bonnie Road’, a richly detailed, dark and compelling debut novel by Suzanne d’Corsey.
The Bonnie Road magically transposes the old ways of Scotland into 20th Century St Andrews and brings to life the ancient traditions and beliefs that still dance just below the surface of the modern world.
Suzanne d’Corsey graduated from the University of St Andrews in 1982 with an MA in Medieval & Scottish History, after studying archaeology and the pagan and Dark Age History of Britain.
d’Corsey has overlaid her deep knowledge of Scottish folklore, ballads, ancient myths of obscure Scottish deities, and modern practitioners of the “Auld Ways,” on to the modern Scotland of ceilidhs and dances, ruined castles, dark forests, and the beautiful medieval town of St Andrews to create a compelling story in The Bonnie Road.
Suzanne has been published in various literary journals including Chapman, The Arkansas Review, Byline, Libido, and Eclectica. She has also won awards and scholarships for her writing, and a Pushcart nomination for her short story Wee Janet and the Filthy Pagan Heathen Thing.
Her poetry has been published in the Anglican Theological Review, and Poet Magazine, and she has been a fiction editor for Nimrod, International Journal for more than 15 years.
She was also Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers Conference.
Seonaid Francis, Director of ThunderPoint Publishing said, “d’Corsey brings to life the long-forgotten rites and traditions of ancient Scotland and masterfully translates these into the 20th Century, where these auld ways are still practised in hidden corners of the country.”
My grandmother passed me in transit. She was leaving, I was coming into this world, our spirits meeting at the door to my mother’s womb, as she bent over the bed to close the thin crinkled lids of her own mother’s eyes.
The women of Morag’s family have been the keepers of tradition for generations, their skills and knowledge passed down from woman to woman, kept close and hidden from public view, official condemnation and religious suppression.
In late 1970s St. Andrews, demand for Morag’s services are still there, but requested as stealthily as ever, for even in 20th century Scotland witchcraft is a dangerous Art to practise.
When newly widowed Rosalind arrives from California to tend her ailing uncle, she is drawn unsuspecting into a new world she never knew existed, one in which everyone seems to have a secret, but that offers greater opportunities than she dreamt of – if she only has the courage to open her heart to it.