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Cosy Chat with Artist, Stu McLellan, The Sky Whale
Stu McLellan is an artist and illustrator, living and working in Hertfordshire. His work, which encompasses books, magazines, community projects, festivals and his own growing body of work, shares a common theme – a sense of wonder at the world, and an intention to celebrate our connection to all life. He is open to all kinds of creative commissions.
I've loved Stu McLellan's Sky Whales since the first time I saw one. Whales have always been hugely meaningful to me and Stu's skyscape whales express their magic so beautifully. So I was delighted when Stu agreed to pop in for a cosy chat, to tell us all about the inspiration and journey of painting the Sky Whale and his gorgeous mandalas.
Do check out the interview for his gorgeous paintings and the wonderful stories behind them. And if you'd like to check out his work, follow the links below for his online shop and website, or email him directly if you would like to commission something special.
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A Cosy Chat with fantasy author Sandra Hurst
A mythmaker at heart, Sandra Hurst has been writing poetry, fantasy and science fiction since her school days in England. Hurst moved to Canada in 1980 and was deeply influenced by the wild lands and the indigenous cultures that surrounded her. Y’keta, her first full length novel, is set in a mythical land reminiscent of pre-historic earth. An ancient world where legends walk and the Sky Road offers a way to the stars.
A member of the Alexandra Writers Centre Society, the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association, and The Mythopoeic Society, Hurst works to build fantasy worlds that allow her readers to join her in exploring the depths of human interaction in a mythical game of ‘what if.’
Her first novel, Y’keta is long-listed for the prestigious Aurora Award, for best Canadian fantasy novel (Young Adult) and the American based RONE award for break out fantasy novel.
She now lives in Calgary, Alberta with her husband and son, both of whom she loves dearly, and has put up for sale on e-bay when their behaviour demanded it.
Welcome, Sandra, it’s lovely to have you in the Story Cave. Congratulations on your first book-birthday with Yketa!
Y’Keta is based on the Native American Thunderbird legend. Can you tell us a bit about the legend?
The native peoples of the Americas have legends of these half bird, half human creatures that are lords of the storms and lightning. I was fascinated by one legend that I found where the thunderbird (under many different names and guises) had the ability to take off their feathers and live unnoticed among the people, even marrying and having half human children.
Belonging seems to be a strong theme. Can you explain a bit about the concept of Kit’na, and the significance of belonging in the story?
During the dark ages in Europe it was common for children of the nobility to be raised away from home. They would leave around seven or eight years old and return, if at all, only when they were full grown. The concept of the Kit’na developed from this custom, but on a more humane, voluntary basis. A young person, between sixteen and eighteen in Y’keta’s world, can make the difficult decision to walk away from everything they had known and attempt to join their destiny with another village. This also echoes the concept of ‘roads’ and ‘walking’ that underlies the series. Each person must choose the road that they are going to walk and take the dangers and joys go with that choice.
For Y’keta this is all new. His people didn’t have the custom of Kit’na, he was forced out. He arrived at Esquialt with no skills, no knowledge, nothing to help him fit in.
In many ways, Y’keta has never belonged anywhere. He is struggling to find his destiny and to escape the one forced on him by his heritage. Esquialt can be a haven for him, if he can learn to belong there.
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