ABOUT SHARON BLACKIE

Dr Sharon Blackie is a writer, a psychologist who has specialised both in neuroscience and narrative, and a mythologist with a specialisation in Celtic Studies. Her unique approach to working with myth, fairy tales and folklore highlights the insights these traditions can offer us into authentic and meaningful ways of being which are founded on a deep sense of belonging to place, a rootedness in the land we inhabit. She is the founder of EarthLines Magazine, described by Jay Griffiths as ‘a deeply intelligent publication’, by George Monbiot as ‘a rare combination and much needed’, and by Robert Macfarlane as ‘a real point of convergence for many thought-tributaries and philosophical paths’. She is the author of The Long Delirious Burning Blue, a novel which the Independent on Sunday called ‘hugely potent. A tribute to the art of storytelling that is itself an affecting and inspiring story’, and which The Scotsman called ‘powerful (reminiscent of The English Patient), filmic, and achieving the kind of symmetry that novels often aspire to, but rarely reach.’ Her most recent book is If Women Rose Rooted, a nonfiction work which offers up a new Heroine’s Journey for this challenging age of social and ecological crisis, described by bestselling novelist Manda Scott as ‘mind-blowing in the most profound and exhilarating sense … an anthem for all we could be. It’s an essential book for this, the most critical of recent times.’ Her articles have been published in a wide range of popular and academic magazines and journals. Sharon is an experienced lecturer and workshop leader, and has performed at a number of book and other cultural festivals. She is currently working on a new book, The Enchanted Life, planned for publication in in spring 2018.

After several years as a crofter in the north-west of Scotland and the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, Sharon returned to Ireland in 2014 and has recently traded an old stone riverside cottage in Donegal for a house among the hills, lakes and seaweed-strewn tidal inlets of Connemara. Her experiences on the westernmost edges of the Celtic fringe give her a unique perspective on the psychology of belonging, and our relationship with place. For more information about Sharon and her writing and research interests, please visit her website.

Sharon is represented by Kirsty McLachlan at David Godwin Associates.

Academic qualifications

BA (1st Class Hons) Psychology, University of Liverpool, 1982.
PhD in Behavioural Neuroscience, Faculty of Medicine, University of London, 1985. (Speciialisation: behavioural and brain mechanisms underlying anxiety and panic.)
Diploma Clinical Hypnotherapy, London College of Clinical Hypnosis, 2003.
MA (Distinction) Creative Writing, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2007. (Specialisation: the novel; developing a sense of place in fiction; the use of myth and fairy tale to express personal transformation.)
MA Celtic Studies, University of Wales Trinity St David (in progress). (Specialisations: the Otherworld in early Irish and Welsh literature; women in the Medieval period; the origins of the Grail and Arthurian legends.)

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