My Latest Cosy Chat …
The Serpent House: Cosy Chat with Children's Author, Bea Davenport
Bea Davenport is the writing name of former BBC journalist Barbara Henderson. Bea's debut crime/suspense novel In Too Deep was a runner-up in the annual Luke Bitmead award and published in 2013 by Legend Press, who also published This Little Piggy (2014) in the same genre. Her first children's novel, The Serpent House, was written as part of her Creative Writing PhD. It was shortlisted for a Times/Chicken House award before being published by Curious Fox (2014). My Cousin Faustina (2015) was originally written as an interactive e-book for reluctant readers and is now published in paperback by ReadZone Books. The Misper, Bea's novel for teens/YA, was published in 2018 by The Conrad Press. Bea teaches journalism and creative writing and lives in Berwick upon Tweed.
What inspired you to write a time slip?
The story of The Serpent House actually came about because of the place where I live, which is called Spittal. It got its name from a medieval leper hospital which used to be there. It fascinated me that somewhere under the pavements where I walk every day, there are the remains of this hospital. I also wanted to write something in a sort of tribute to my three great-aunts, who were maids and cooks in large houses in Newcastle and Cumbria at the turn of the twentieth century. So a timeslip idea linked the two periods together – the Victorian maid Annie was able to travel back to the medieval leper hospital. Also, I really love timeslip novels – Tom’s Midnight Garden is one of my all-time favourite children’s books. The more timeslip novels I read, the more exciting I realised they could be.
Why did you choose to write about leprosy?
It started with that local history about the leper hospital that used to be in the village where I live, but when I did research I realised it was not really covered often in children’s historical fiction (unlike the plague, which is covered quite a lot!). Although leprosy has died out in the west, it’s still a problem in developing countries. The charity Lepra helped me a lot with my research.
What do the plants that start to take over the garden mean? Are they actually from the past?
Yes! I was very inspired by a visit to a medieval herb garden in France and I realised that lots of the plants had snake-like names and qualities. So I wanted them to start creeping up into the garden to show how the past was beginning to encroach, from under the foundations of Hexer Hall and its grounds. It was meant to show how the past was beginning to take a bit of a stranglehold on the primary time of 1899.
This month’s energy reading …
Energy Reading for March 2019
For this reading I have used the Witches Tarot, and channelled The Light Circle.
March is a potent month with delays, reversals, newness and changes that you would never have expected.
The waters of change are washing away the old and those who try to cling onto old structures become more and more frustrated by their attempts to grasp to something that is no longer solid.
The way to avoid this frustration is to come from your own inner Priestess, your place of intuition and heart guidance. If you can truly turn off the chatter of your head that fills you with incessant fear and questioning, you can find a purer message that comes only from your heart. Even if this feels obscured, keep trying for it. The messages in the way are mere fog which can serve to distract you, but the truth and the lightness is always there underneath if you reach for it.
This inner wisdom can bring us to a place of inspiration, of passion, of a newness that can seem both exciting and scary. Rather than allowing yourself to become entrenched in either emotion, sink into whatever comes up and observe it as it surrounds you. In this immersion lies understanding. If you bring your inner priestess to the table, bring her magic to clear the fog, she can show you the way forward.
The way may be up and down, but there is joy to be had. Allow yourself to grasp the moments, to bring the joy and healing into your life whenever it arises. This process is your birth-right and is the counterpoint to the lessons that you bring, which may be a challenge. Joy is a healing process that can support you in dealing with triggers that can be emotionally or physically destabilising.
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