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Maggie Hamilton - Inside the Secret Life of Fairies

Join us for the launch of Maggie Hamilton's 'Inside the Secret Life Fairies'. Written for those curious about fairies and those wanting to make sense of their own fairy experiences, Maggie's book contains powerful insights into how we can heal our wounded earth and our own bruised spirits.
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Maggie Hamilton - Inside the Secret Life of Fairies

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17 Sept 2019, 6:30 pm
Better Read Than Dead, 265 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia

About The Event

Join us for the launch of Maggie Hamilton's 'Inside the Secret Life Fairies'. Written for those curious about fairies and those wanting to make sense of their own fairy experiences, Maggie's book contains powerful insights into how we can heal our wounded earth and our own bruised spirits.

About the Book

Only in recent years, Sydney based author Maggie Hamilton, realises how much her connection to living forces in Nature have given her, and how important this connection is:

‘Our precious planet is suffering so much right now. It needs us to connect to the living spirits in nature, to enter into a much more profound relationship with the web of life. This is something the first nation peoples understand intimately and always have. We were once first nation peoples, we hold in our cells the sweet memory of when we could connect to the trees, rocks and plants.’

Following this thread, Maggie decided to search for others with their own tales of fairies to tell. Almost all lived in cities. Many people had never spoken of their experiences for fear of ridicule. Talking with everyone from busy professionals to artists and stay-at-home mums, Maggie was astonished and humbled by all these individuals shared – deeply personal stories of life-changing moments that connected them to the earth and to forgotten aspects of themselves. Some spoke of difficult or abusive childhoods relieved only by fairy friends who comforted and reassured them.

So where then is this strange meeting-place between the myth and mystery? Are fairies simply make-believe? How is it the land holds our story – yours and mine? When and why does this occur? What subtleties are evident in Nature at dawn and dusk? What of the wisdom hidden in fairy tales? What ancient pointers are there of how best to walk the world?

Do time-slips really happen, or are they just a figment of our imagination? Learn from a leading ceramicist the secrets workings of clay. Find out from a graphic artist and busy mum about her need for proximity to the earth. And how work in a garden centre helped heal a teenager’s pain at losing her mother. Hear from Bridgette a young archaeologist about her experience on different digs. Through the many fairy encounters shared in the book, see how the fairy kingdom has an ecology all of its own.

Written for those curious about fairies and those wanting to make sense of their own fairy experiences, Inside The Secret Life of Fairies contains powerful insights into how we can heal our wounded earth and our own bruised spirits.

About the Author

Writer and researcher Maggie Hamilton is the author of a number of books, which have been published internationally. She has held a number of senior roles in publishing and at the ABC. Her professional memberships include serving on the Executive of the Sydney Peace Foundation; as a Member of the Organising Committee for the Federation Australian Women Speak Conference, Office for the Status of Women, set up to examine the future of Australian women; and Member of the Organising Committee for the Federation Australian Women’s History Project, Office for the Status of Women, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

When Maggie’s not busy with her social research she takes herself off to deserts and sacred mountains, to out-of-the-way places that inspire.

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