The Witch’s Child
Anonymous 2012 16p 5 x 8
This piece tells an old story in a new way. We’ve all heard the one about the collapse of the Roman empire, and how imperial power then moved North into other parts of Europe. What The Witch’s Child offers is not new facts, but rather a new telling, a new perspective — the pieces of a familiar story coming together in a new way to become something truly beautiful and subversive. It challenges us to value different kinds of knowledge and truth.
The Witch’s Child situates May Day as both a time for rebirth and rebellion and urges us to celebrate the return of Spring. It is about the importance of May Day and what we have to gain by rooting ourselves in the rhythm of the seasons. After a long Winter of darkness and stillness, we’ve been feeling the resurgence of growth and we rise up too, to remember the importance of re-emerging after the cold, inward months. We value the way that these ever-warmer days renew our sense of curiosity, and bring us to an almost anxious feeling of not being able to keep up with just how fast Spring is moving.
From the back cover: ‘This is your story, child. This is why it seems you have everything, but you feel you have nothing… those feelings of anguish and rage are the same itch the seed feels in the last days of Winter, before it bursts open and sends out its buds into the world.’
In particular, the strong historical precedence of fascist influence on the legacy of ecological movements illuminates a need to take this situation seriously.