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    The Swan Kingdom – Zoe Marriott

    “My first memory is of the smell of sun-warmed earth. I must have been very small, perhaps only two or three years old. I remember my mother’s hands, stubby-fingered and calloused, covered with soil as she gently eased a plant from the ground. She talked quietly to me as she worked, explaining that the plant lived by spreading roofs through the earth, taking moisture and nourishment from the land, and using the warmth of the sun to grow strong.” Following the old ways Alexandra and her mother are celebrating the eve of her first blood in the woods when her mother is attacked by a chestnut coloured creature. Her mother…