Be More Mermaid

By Laura Evans

A tale with an otherworldly twist: a collection of personal essays from a modern mermaid.

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Set of Mermaid Mantras

A set of eight postcards with mermaid mantras inspired by the essay titles in Laura's book.

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A signed A4 print of one of Laura's underwater photos with a personalised message.

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Ask a Mermaid

A ticket to a zoom Q&A with the author of Be More Mermaid. Laura will be able to answer your questions about the book and being a mermaid.
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Wild Body Walk with Laura

Explore the magic of Cornwall in a whole new way by joining Laura on a truly unique Wild Body Walk.
She will guide you along the wild Cornish landscape to a beautiful off the beaten track swim location, where you'll be able to take in the beauty of the Cornish coastline.*
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*You must be a confident swimmer - although qualified in water safety and rescue, Laura is not a qualified swimming teacher. This event will take place in Cornwall and does not cover travel or accommodation costs. 

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As a thank you, your name will be published in the front of the book, and you'll receive a Lucky Dip bag from Laura's Oh Give Me A Break collection.
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An Underwater Experience

Have you ever wanted to wear a dress and model, perform/move creatively underwater or simply want to feel more comfortable swimming underwater?
Laura will take you on an underwater experience and teach you some of the techniques she uses when working underwater in a safe, controlled, supportive and friendly setting.*
You’ll also get to take away photographs showcasing your new underwater skills.
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*You must be a confident swimmer - although qualified in water safety and rescue, Laura is not a qualified swimming teacher. This event will take place in Cornwall and does not cover travel or accommodation costs. 

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"I watched as little feet danced, small hands tugged at coat sleeves and excited fingers pointed. Children, utterly enthralled by the sight of a seal as it played and performed in the water. Born and raised in St Ives, this spectacle was as familiar to me as a seagull swooping and stealing an ice cream from an unsuspecting hand. Yet on this evening, as I watched from the unique vantage point on my board, I witnessed the magic and innocence of discovery. Oh to be able to offer something so extraordinary! As we paddled away from the pier and drifted between the bobbing fishing boats towards the beach it came to me in a moment of dazzling clarity… what if St Ives had a Mermaid?"

Be More Mermaid is Laura Evans's story of undergoing both a literal and metaphorical transformation as Cornwall’s first ever professional mermaid.

Laura's journey begins when she observes a group of children laughing while watching a seal pup frolicking in the sea. Wanting to inspire that same magic, she decides to publicly schedule a local appearance in her hometown of St Ives dressed as a mermaid. Which leads to another, then another...

Swish by swish, Laura finds herself unexpectedly changing.

In this collection of personal essays, Laura writes about how mermaiding has enabled her to live with addiction, embrace body positivity and navigate different aspects of her identity. These days, Laura's practice is a key aspect of her everyday life that enhances both her mental and physical wellbeing. 

Laura's story compels us to explore our hidden depths, come out of our shells, and ride the waves of life as they come all while being reminded that mermaids absolutely do not have thigh gaps.

Part memoir and part self-help guide, Be More Mermaid is uplifting, brave and gloriously unique - offering an original world view from a modern mermaid.

Image credits: Design by Mecob. 'An Underwater Experience' photograph by Lexi Laine. 'Lucky Dip' photograph by Nicola Montfort. All other photographs from author's own collection.

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    Laura Evans

    Born and raised in Cornwall, the sea has been a part of Laura Evans's life for over thirty years.


    A brief dalliance in London drew Laura back to her seaside town where she realised she’d had everything she needed all along and that life can get really interesting when you trade legs for a tail.


    Now working from St Ives, Laura is a professional mermaid, an all year round sea swimmer, an outdoor tour guide, feminist, queer, sober alcoholic, sustainable business owner and body neutrality advocate.


    Be More Mermaid is her first book.

  • Mermaids Don’t Have Thigh Gaps

    “That’s not a mermaid, that’s just a fat girl in a tail”

    The innocent jibe from a young boy has stayed with me for many years now - it rolls around in my mind like a familiar pebble in my palm. Amongst cheers and joyful cries on the shore, it’s those words I remember cutting through the din as I swam up to the beach during one of my first mermaid appearances back in 2016.

    It’s an anecdote I’ve recounted time and time again when people have asked how children react to me as a mermaid. They’re the words I think about every time I put on my tail, every time the soft folds of my belly are exposed to hundreds of people as I pose for photos and manoeuvre myself, often inelegantly, on land. They’re the words I’m convinced people must think when they see me. Who am I, with my cellulite, round cheeks and soft body, to call myself a mermaid? Surely children are going to be disappointed when they’re expecting the beautiful Ariel to wash up on the beach and instead they get Ursula?

    It is telling of a far deeper problem in our society when such young children know that the word “fat” is there to be used as an insult. It is further telling of this problem when using the word fat as an adjective makes me nervous because it isn’t a neutral term like its counterparts such as tall, fluffy, bright or small.

    The work of fat activists is doing so much to change our relationship with the word fat. I have friends who confidently use the word fat as a descriptor for their body type, empowering me and those in our social circle to use the word in a similar fashion. They’re taking away the power of fat as a weapon and redefining it. And yet, despite the positive steps we’re taking, we still live in a world that constantly wants to reaffirm the idea that fat bodies or bodies that sit outside the ideal promoted by the diet industry, are not worthy of love and joy, and that being fat means we are failures and should be ashamed of “choosing this lifestyle”. How do we tackle this? We tackle this by taking up space.

    Literally.

    Year after year, mermaid appearance after mermaid appearance, I have put on my tail and put my body on show to the world. I have taken up space and through donning my tail I have actively tackled my inner critic even though, in spite of my increased confidence, I still do have off-days. I’m no scientist but I don’t think we’re born with a relentless inner critic. Though we sure do feed it with subconscious and unconscious vigour when we’re barely old enough to walk.

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  • 9th May 2022 Silence is Golden (apart from when you're crowdfunding!)

    "I'm in the Doldrums"

    My crowdfunding manager so brilliantly described this phase of funding during a coaching session right at the beginning of this process. She was SO right. It's also a staggeringly perfect descripton seeing as my book is very much Ocean based.

    Whilst writing has been going swimmingly (although we'll see whether my potential editor will agree), the slow ebb of my funding…

    15th January 2022 SHELL-ABRATE GOOD TIMES! (Sorry, not sorry)

    Hello wonderful pledgers! Nearly one week in and 19% funded!I've been thinking about you all a lot this week and wonderig how my first project update can really express my gratitude for supporting Be More Mermaid in its first week. Truly, it means more than you can probably imagine!

    Writing a book has been dancing around at the edges of my mind for many years but a combination of fear, self…

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