Cover of Tatterdemalion
  • Sylvia Linsteadt and Rima Staines

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 one-month (one moon) mark? Well, to help us there, I am really excited to announce that a new edition of the book is now available, a very special, leather-bound edition, signed and complete with gold-embossing. This leather-bound is printed by a small and artisanal press, so this is going to be an utterly gorgeous and collectible volume, the sort to cherish like a piece of magic always.

I have a soft spot for old leather-bound books; they seem to hold the words and stories within in a more timeless, more careful way. Like the words are also a spell. (Above, a volume of Tennyson's poetry, the Kalevala, and one of my notebooks.) Indeed, I have developed the somewhat inconvenient writerly habit of only being able to compose stories in one kind of leather-bound notebook (Tatterdemalion was written in one of these). Tatterdemalion seems the perfect book to be leather-bound, like an artifact from another time and place, a volume that might be found in a hermit's hut at the edge of the forest, on a shelf illuminated by candles. 

So, if you'd like to upgrade your pledge to include a leather-bound book, you can email and they will sort you out!  Before you jump with great enthusiasm and kind heart for the upgrade, note that this book is very, very beautifully printed, and costs 300 pounds. 

I will leave you with some of my words found in other places these last couple weeks, in essays written for Woolgathering and Wildcrafting, and The Dark Mountain Project, about some of the threads of thought and inspiration behind Tatterdemalion, and a podcast interview with The Story Maker's Show, in which I talk about writing as it relates to animal tracking, my daily rhythms, inspiring books and some broader thoughts about creativity. And last but not least, an essay just up on my Indigo Vat about my time on Dartmoor visiting Rima, and the thoughts about myth and story and land that were stirred there. 

We are so grateful to all of you for your incredible support and excitement! 




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Anna Bear
Anna Bear says:

Hi! Sorry if this is a weird question but what colour leather will the book be bound in and will there be a choice of colour? Trying to work out if I can afford to upgrade...
So looking forward to the book!

February 25, 2016

Sylvia Linsteadt
Sylvia Linsteadt says:

Hi Anna, The leather bound book will be a beautiful chocolate-dark brown, with the gold embossed lettering in contrast-- a thing of beauty! It will just be offered in that one color. Hope that helps! Thank you so much for your kind support.

Warmly, Sylvia x

February 26, 2016

Anna Bear
Anna Bear says:

Thanks for the reply, it sounds gorgeous!
Anna x

February 27, 2016

Lynn Lemyre
Lynn Lemyre says:

I'm not sure how to upgrade my pledge to the leather bound book. How do I do this?



February 28, 2016

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