What heart-truths are you longing to speak?
What are the words that you hold inside your belly?
How does your “good girl” silence your “wild woman”?
How would it feel to come home to yourself?
When Mary Oliver reminded us that we didn’t have to be good, and that we didn’t have to walk for a hundred miles through the desert repenting, she issued a call for us to surrender into the ground of our being. She helped us to gather up all those parts of ourselves that we believed weren’t ok, weren’t acceptable, weren’t “good”, and she showed us how to invite the exiled self home into the family of things.
Spiralling up out of a desire to amplify the voices of women who are speaking those stories of self that we have been collectively conditioned to believe are bad, wrong, unattractive, mad, selfish, excessive, wanton, and just too damn much, this publishing house offers a home to the exiled feminine.
Wise, wild, free and fierce – Red Thread Voices speaks directly to the women who are no longer content to stay silent, to keep veiled and hidden, to swallow their songs and their stories.
We’re not for everyone. There are many that would prefer that we hold our peace, not cause a stir, or, indeed, focus on the lighter side of life. But, to quote Anais Nin, we have “no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.” We are not afraid of the shadow places. And we are not afraid to speak the contents of our hearts – or our minds, or our wombs.
Superficiality is antithetical to our reason for being. Because we know of the treasures that can be found in the deep. And we are so ready to share the wealth.
The Woman Behind Red Thread Voices…
Red Thread Voices was birthed in early 2014, as I became more and more intrigued by the presence of Lilith and her importance for contemporary women. In my role as a Goddess Guide, I had become increasingly aware of the difficulties women encounter when they try to articulate their desire, their embodied truths, their lived experience. I saw all the ways in which we stifle and silence ourselves. And I saw the roots of that in the collective conditioning that informs what it means to be a woman in the 21st Century.
Drawing upon the academic research I performed for my phd thesis into publishing, authorship and the ways we express ourselves through story, I realised that I had the knowledge and the wisdom to make a difference to the feminine experience. I could create and hold a space that would encourage and enable the unleashing of the wild woman’s howl – that censored sound which possesses the power to spark revolutions.
As a mother, a wife, a daughter, a friend, a sister, a teacher, a writer, a goddess guide, a wild woman and a truth-spiller, this is where I can share my words, my stories, my voice. And this is where I hold the space for other women to do the same. Let’s see what mischief we can make together…