Grá mo Chroí, ‘Love of my Heart’, is a collection of love stories that Jane Dougherty and I have put together based on some of the most beautiful and tragic tales of Irish mythology.
What started out as a little hobby of a project, initially just to boost and support our other existing titles soon snowballed into something with a life and energy of it’s own.
Why? We wanted it to be the best we can make it be. But also because we love the old stories, they’re in our blood, and we need to do them justice. Besides, as we decided on which stories to tell, as we emailed various drafts back and forth till we had honed them into something sparkling and gorgeous and ethereal, as they deserve, the characters became friends reaching out to us through the centuries, expressing their sentiments through us.
So between us, we have created a book of love stories… whoever thought I would do that? Working with Jane has been a pleasure and an inspiration, and it has been so much fun sharing the experience of writing a book with her, instead of going it alone.
More details and cover reveal will be coming soon. In the meantime, I want to share one more thing with you. Yesterday, Jane tweeted the following poems to me, in reference to two of the stories in the book. They were so lovely, I didn’t want them to be lost in Twitter-Land, so here they are. (She’s a very talented lady, if you didn’t already know!)
“She watches the stars
through the rowan leaves
plucks berries red as blood
& memories of her blackhaired love”
“From the sea she came
& the sea took her back
he follows the wave
but the sea is ever empty”
Today I tweeted two poems back.
“Yew boughs twined together
Lovers’ limbs interlace
Twisted, tattooed with ogham
In the bark, an image of a face”
“On Aonbhar’s back she did ride
Hooves trod clouds in the sky
Her passion is the wild ocean roar
Sorrow, the grey gulls cry”