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A fairy-tale infused historical novel for adults set in the late 18 th century, moving between Imperial China and France during the ‘Terror’ of the French Revolution, and inspired by the true story of a quest for a blood-red rose.

The novel will draw upon ‘The Blue Rose,’ a fairy tale set in China about a quest for an impossible rose.


I want to draw a map of you
alone I sail your lonely seas
currents seize my rudder
through tricky coral reefs I steer
in your ocean whales sing

I follow a shadowed river
convoluting from the sea
deep I follow your green river
slow through snowy ranges
to the rooftop of your world

thunderclouds boil on your horizons
shadow of a god's hand pressing me
flat against your stony hills
sometimes striking me down
with lightning's quick crisscross

wondering if lakes lap your interior
I find red dust dragons devil's marbles
deep I dig for stones and metals
build cities on your shores
ploughing and seeding your red flesh
I harvest a strange flower

I have drawn a map of you
with my fingers my tongue my core
I have imprinted
my hand in your clay