Cover of Tatterdemalion
  • Sylvia Linsteadt and Rima Staines

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Tatterdemalion Goes to the Hay Festival, and More News!

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Dear Readers,

For those of you nearabouts Wales this weekend, that beautiful country of green hill & wild mountain, Rima will be in conversation with our publisher John Mitchinson this Saturday evening at 8:30 pm at the Hay Festival! The brilliant Tom Hirons, Rima's partner, will be reading an excerpt, which will surely be a treat as he is a completely marvelous storyteller. That's this Saturday…

Tatterdemalion Hits the Shelves!

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Dear Wonderful Readers,

By now, most if not all of you should have your special edition of Tatterdemalion safe & sound in your hands, with its beautiful dust jacket-painting and luscious endpapers.... It is truly a thing of beauty, I am overjoyed every time I look at my own copy by the extra care and time the Unbound team put into bringing this book to life. And I very much hope you are all enjoying…

JANUARY Release Date!

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Hello dear Tatterdemalion-supporters,

Just a very brief note here to let you know that although I had thought in my last post that the book would be in your hands by Christmas, I'm afraid that due to the normal sorts of delays that generally accompany the publishing of a book, Tatterdemalion will not be on your doorsteps until some time in January or at latest early February. I'm SO sorry if this…

The painted road - Tatterdemalion's cover art revealed, by Rima Staines

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Along a ragged, root- and fire-cracked path a band of wanderers make their way from dark to light, from some city of the end-times to snow-green star-milk mountain and Beyond. Here are a motley, wild and storied bunch of characters... some recogniseable from Sylvia's uncanny and beautifully-wrought pages, some strange and unknown, all following that Wheeled creature of this Tatterdemalion world…

An Earthlines Excerpt, A Cover Close to Done, & the Dark Mountain Gathering...

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

My dear wild ones,

It has been a while since an update, do forgive my delay! Much has been afoot, especially on Rima's end, where, besides moving in to a fully fledged Hedgespoken truck, she has been painting the most glorious cover you've ever seen, hand-lettering each & every section-title through the book, concocting bewitching endpapers, and more... All of this we will reveal VERY soon, so…

The Poetry of Being

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Dear Readers,

The design of Tatterdemalion is burgeoning like a ripe fruit, but as yet I can share no glimpses with you. Only know that the good people of Unbound are working together with me and Rima to create a thing of immense beauty. There has been talk of cloth binding, gold lettering, a beautiful set-in cover design, endpapers of great magic and enchantment... Oh my! Rima is hard at work…

Rolling Out Into the Days of May

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Hello Dear Readers,

Well, things continue apace with both the doings of Tatterdemalion and our both of our writerly and painterly lives, on two distant coasts. I thought I'd give you a quick update amidst various writings and wanderings, because something Quite Exciting has at last come to pass, and while this doesn't directly concern Tatterdemalion, at least not literally, it does on a much bigger…

Lyoobov: An Audio Recording

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Hello dear readers,

I've recorded one of my very favorite passages from Tatterdemalion for all of you, the passage inspired by Lyoobov. It was the very first piece I wrote, the one that started it all. Reading it still makes me want to weep. And it also gives me a chill, these days. I wrote this passage almost four years ago, but today, it feels more apt than ever, as more and more and more proof…

A Bouquet of Books & Days

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Spring in California, dear readers, is a tangle of blossoms and births. Creamcups, irises, California poppies (above), strawberry flowers, red elderflowers, buttercups, Indian paintbrush, pink currants, milkmaids, baby blue eyes— they are all up. Imagine it-- how all year they wait underground for this brief green season of glory. Meanwhile, little baby animals are being born—river otter pups…


Thursday, 3 March 2016

Dear & Marvelous Readers,

This morning, I watched in a matter of 20 minutes as the pledges still needed went from 6, to 5, to 2, to 1, to--- 100% funded!! The great bright flag of Complete! The mountain top, wreathed in banners of beautiful mist. Wow, what a ride it has been this month, as the fruit trees outside have blossomed and leafed furiously under the sun. We are so, so grateful to every…

St. Margaret, Little Owl

Monday, 29 February 2016

Dear Readers,

The final ascent is upon us. The path feels steep, but the beautiful granite peaks are in sight, all rimmed with snow and cloud. We are getting so close! And oh, what a delight it will be to reach the summit and to sit down with a long, big cup of tea. And oh, how I wish I could share that cup with all of you!

In the meanwhile, there are a few very special pledge-levels with only…

The Beautiful Leather-Bound Edition!

Monday, 22 February 2016

Dear friends, 

My goodness, we are galloping toward the finish line, at 78% in a little less than three weeks! What a heart-warming, exciting process it has been! Thank you each and every one of you, recent supporters and those here since the very beginning! Truly, this is a great weaving of collaborative effort, and we couldn't do it without you. 

Perhaps we can reach the finish line by the…

Tea & A Book

Monday, 15 February 2016

Hello dear readers, 

We are truly staggered, and thrilled, and so grateful, for each and every one of you & your incredible support! There are now over 300 of you wild souls who have joined the Tatterdemalion caravan, and we really can't wait to share the book with you. Here in California, the weather is unseasonably warm and everywhere the flowers are starting to bloom. The plum trees are all…

A Studio Interview Between Rima & Sylvia

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Well, wonderful readers, what a fantastic five days it has been since Tatterdemalion made its first appearance! We are so grateful and filled up by all of your support. Quickly we are nearing 50% funded-- goodness!--so if there is anyone you know who you think would love this book, now would be a wonderful time to share it!

But more importantly, I have something very delightful to share with you…

A Beautiful Day

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

My dear good people,

What an extraordinary first day it has been for Tatterdemalion! I launched this project yesterday morning just as it was getting light outside, after having looked for a while at the great scoop of the Big Dipper and the north star from my front steps. Then, last night, giddy at meeting 17% funded already, I watched the Big Dipper again, this time flipped around in the sky…

Publication date: May 2017
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