by Sophia Kingshill
The mermaid expresses our relationship with the sea and has inspired countless tales, from Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid to the West African Mami Wata legend. She is also found in Assyrian reliefs, Medieval bestiaries, painted onto pub signs and Pre-Raphaelite canvas, inked into skin at tattoo parlours, sketched by Picasso with a Communist hammer and sickle in her hand, cast in Hollywood movies, and graffitied onto city walls. In the twenty-first century, she has been reclaimed as a symbol of womanhood and resistance.
Hardback | 178mm x 128mm | 152 pages
Beautifully illustrated in colour throughout
Jacket artwork by Jonny Hannah
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Sophia Kingshill is co-author of The Lore of Scotland and The Fabled Coast, an examination of British and Irish sea legends, both written in collaboration with the late Jennifer Westwood. Her interest in folklore began with childhood visits to the home of the great scholar of fairytale and legend Katharine Briggs, where productions were staged based on ballads and folktales. She also writes for the theatre, and her plays on subjects such as the Brontës, William Morris and Sinbad have been performed in Scotland, England and Norway.