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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 have been wandering in shadowland
since I heard the news
I thought I would want to wail to the moon
but I have gone dim and small
a moth trapped in fingers

I thought I would have many more years of you
now everything is heavy with omens
I see an unkindness of ravens
rising in an empty sky
a siren howling through wet streets
daffodils struggling from a translucent sheath
my grandmother's teacup, crazed
with translucent cracks like my composure

What was once a flight of green stairs to a secret door
is now caged with shadows, whizzing with insect wings

the first faint quiver of light along the eastern rim
after a night of hunching oneself around pain
is an omen too ponderous to be ignored
even my grief is a fierce gladness