A Barmy Prophecy

So, Castle Barmy, a fairy tale for our times, is still making its way in this crazy world, over troubled moats, while not yet quite storming the ramparts. It’s in a warehouse, in the Railway Land Store, in some wonderfully supportive bookshops and with a distributor in Wales. It’s even popped up in Waterstone’s.

Strangely, the story has grown less and less like a fairy tale, and closer and closer to the truth, as the world spins upside down. We have King Boris hoping the poisonous dragon will go away, so that he can enjoy his fun and games. We have a birthday party, a picnic, the stealing of gold, and a flurry of excuses and lies for the bad behaviour of kings and magicians. And then we have King Boris being cast adrift in a boat, so that the land can grow greener and the kingdom ruled over by women and children instead of powerful men. Ah, we can but hope…

And we also have this animation by our amazing illustrator Kate Chesterton, to tempt you to join us at Castle Barmy, and share in a bedtime story that promises us all happier times ahead.

Copyright © Jason Hook / Kate Chesterton 2022

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