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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.

Midnight Garden

and this is my garden
a lover's knot of paths converging
to a sundial in its wheel of lemon-scented time

a secret garden
hedges in mazes where we run shrieking
following a trail of crumbs

a poet's garden
fists of roses inscribed with thorns
dragged free in a changeling wind

a nursery rhyme garden
where I shall be queen and you shall be king
and toadstools bloom in rings

a heretic's garden
where herbs have their own silent language
rain writing its occult script on water

a midnight garden
where bells ring out in tongues of astonishment
a stone lion crouches with scribbled moustache

and these are my forests
where paths shift and compasses spin
spiralling leaves hiding a broken altar

and this is my garden
these are my forests
this is my sacred sea