His Dark Materials Trilogy - Phillip Pullman Every time I read this, new layers of understanding run off the page, and the characters are just some of the best creations. I remember being blown away the first time I read this, and return to it every few years.


Artists Way - Julia Cameron I had the honour of being part of an Artists Way group a few years ago, and we met every week for a couple of years. Babies were born, novels were written, heartache was shared and sage was smudged in a little group that was utterly formative of some of my creative seedlings. It was all inspired and guided by Cameron's book, and whilst geared towards writers I can honestly say it worked beautifully within my journey as an artist.


Women Who Run With The Wolves - Clarissa Pinkola Estes A few of my pictures feature words, ideas or stories I've found in this labyrinth text of folk tale and deep internal understanding/awareness. I have never easily sat down and read the whole thing cover to cover, rather I read, digest, sometimes draw from each bit by bit, getting my head and heart around her writings and collections of collected folk stories.



Barefoot Books I use a lot of these tales in my work as a community artist and also when I volunteer at a local Woodcraft folk. They tend to be very social conscious, drawing stories from around the world in a really accessible way for children and adults to learn about earthcare and guardianship of the soil we wiggle our toes in. Red Tent - Anita Diamant I read this and knew, with every cell of my being, and without ever running any kind of women's circle, that amongst my friends we needed a Red Tent. My lovely friend Katharine hosted the very first one we did, and it's evolved into field and festivals. The book itself tells the fictionalised account of Dinah, the only sister of the Joseph and his many brothers from the Old Testament. I'd not really figured that at that time they worshipped Goddesses, and the tent Anita writes of is the place of peace and calm that women were able to retreat into whilst menstruating. It's inspired a Red Tent movement globally, women from every religion, race and background coming together to reassert their feminine power in a gorgeous, holistic way.


Wemoon My friend gave me a diary many years ago, and through it I discovered artists, writers and creative wombyn who shifted the direction of how I painted, and helped me connect with my creativity after a hiatus. It's gentleness and strength must have inspired many many women and men over the years, and I do love having a diary that includes the moon cycles as a part of its layout.