Book One of the Thalassan Trilogy
Planet Thalassa – seven light years from Earth and four centuries in the future – is transforming from an anthropocene to an ecozoic culture where wealth is construed as pure air, rich tilth, clear water, a glory of biodiversity; and human violence, thanks to Redound Syndrome, which triggers perpetrator death by endocrine meltdown, is all but extinct.
The story constellates around the young heroine, Meriel, whose flight from her own demons implodes in shipwreck on an island that doesn’t exist. Other characters and artefacts: an intergalactic unicorn, Universal Male Contraception, splendid cats and crones, and xirilliry-hulled Light-ships skimming the sea like dragonflies.
Butterfly’s Children is political, metaphysical, redemptive, richly imaginal. It includes an Understory (planetary guide), a dictionary and alluring maps. It’s been 35 years gestating, and is my viaticum to all the children – albatross chicks, sapling Huon pines, tadpoles, lion cubs – of this beloved, beleaguered Earth.
Chapter 1: Speedwell
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‘Annie March has created an eco-utopia of such depth and exquisite detail, I sometimes dreamed I’d been there. This is a book that rewards patience and deserves to be widely read. A solid 4-stars.’ – Literature Obscura
Annie March is a Tasmanian writer, teacher, gardener and grandmother with a passion for social, ecological and religious justice. She loves cats, words, islands, learning the piano and being outdoors whatever the weather.
Editor and publisher
Lorna Howarth is a writer, editor and founder of The Write Factor publishing agency.
She lives by the sea in north Devon and spends as much time as possible hanging about in harbours and by woodland streams.
She is also passionate about gardening, compost-making and wildlife watching.
Beth Lewis is a graphic designer and maker, with a particular love for typography, woodcut-printing and up-cycling.
She lives with her husband and daughter in Bristol, UK, but most weekends they head for the Cornish coast where they are lucky enough to care for a small woodland meadow, where their true work takes place: sustainable living.
Dee Taylor-Graham is a writer, a maker, a teacher, a rabble rouser and a sometime drawer of maps.They and their dog child moved to Tasmania nearly 5 years ago and have no plans to leave.
Franzi Haase has been working as a professional designer for 7 years and especially enjoys photography, printmaking and web-design. Working on new, creative projects with good people is a joy. She particularly loves designing book covers, and the excitement of weaving and reflecting the story into her images. In her free time she enjoys listening to instrumental music, drawing and painting. Occasionally she likes to dive into the world of books, and relax in the garden with a cup of tea.