The Alchemy of Night

The hours of night are not only for rest, sleep and dreaming. The darkness holds us in its nurturing embrace, giving glimpses of the mystery and enchantment that resides there. And although these faded hours, much loved by owls and moths, can be foreboding to some, there is a sense of comfort, insight and awe for others…

I’m happy to announce the publication of The Alchemy of Night, my new collection that celebrates the hours of darkness in the way of stories, poems, personal insights, ideas and illustrations.

The Alchemy of Night

It has been a joy to create this little booklet. In the autumn of 2020, it was barely a seed of an idea. I already had a story and a couple of poems written that would be perfect for this collection. What I didn’t know then was that I would be creating the accompanying illustrations.

The Alchemy of Night

I have always enjoyed sketching. Some kind of career in art was my first choice upon leaving the system that is school but those tentative years took me in other directions.

The Alchemy of Night

Picking up pens and pencils again and letting my imagination loose to draw on paper through the dark days and evenings of winter was a wonderful practice. Whereas I find the pre-occupation with words frustrating and exhausting, creating pictures -albeit somewhat naive in style and technique – proved to be uplifting and relaxing. I felt totally and deliciously absorbed by it all, and surprised myself by the end results.

The Alchemy of Night

The Alchemy of Night is a Limited First Edition Print booklet – each copy numbered for collectability – and, right now, is for UK delivery only. What’s more, it is the first title to be published by my partner’s fledgling Light Vine Press, and it’s already being described as a ‘rare treasure’.

It’s a joy to be able to share this collection with you. Inspired by the hours of darkness, it’s an invitation to contemplate the evening’s mood. It’s for those who seek the secret wisdom that is present in the dark. You see, there is magic there – pure alchemy – that is both beautiful and extraordinary…

Quick… Place your order, and you’ll also receive a postcard featuring one of my illustrations. Go to: https://www.lightvinepress.com/products/699531-the-alchemy-of-night

Here’s a little glimpse of what’s inside…