So, this is a different post than my usual reviews, because this time I’m sharing my own work! I was asked by Lee Fearnside to write a piece for her anthology Death Never Dies. This is a follow up to Chimera Projects O Relentless Death, and was edited by Lee, and has her beautiful lino cut illustrations. Each piece takes a public figure who died in 2020, and explores how their lives have touched or influenced our own. It’s about celebrating life and connection, in the midst of change and public grief.
My piece is on Olivia De Havilland, and has the beautiful image of her below, as Maid Marion in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). (These lino cuts are also available to purchase as prints) Mine is a personal essay, other pieces are anything from prose to poetry. People talked about in the book are names like Eddie Van Halen, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and George Floyd, and writers range from journalists to screenwriters, poet laurates to activists and artists. To me, this book is a celebration of life and connection, the things that move us and the people that mean something to us, even if we never met them. Mourning 2020 and the tumultuous year that was is a group experience, and one that can bring us together.
I feel very lucky to have been included in this book, and had a great time writing this piece for it. I also think the other contributions are beautiful, powerful and moving, and I love Lee’s artwork.
Death Never Dies is available now for $24.99 usd and you can order your copy HERE.