A Sprig of Rowan by Rebecca Gethin













She knew to lock her door with a sprig of rowan.

In A Sprig of Rowan Rebecca Gethin leads us through earth myth and otherworld lore, archaeological finds and everyday ritual. The splash of a selkie, an owl in flight – natural and supernatural magic alike flit within these poems. Catch them if you can.


“Rebecca Gethin’s re-interpretations of ‘the pagan’ are full of contemporary relevance. Her poems track the liminal, exploring the mysterious, the shadowy, the territory of moonlight. The reader is drawn into an underside-universe of acute realities and memorable encounters with such entities as ‘a wraith of the darkness’ or a blacksmith who must have fairy blood, or places such as ‘the ancient library of granite’. We are invited to read a ‘script of quartz’. We are taken on an elemental and magical journey rich in colour, close observation, and lovely active language. A beautiful collection.” – Penelope Shuttle


A Sprig of Rowan is currently available from Lulu, and coming soon to Amazon.


Rebecca Gethin lives on Dartmoor which often inspires her writing. In 2015 she became a Hawthornden Fellow. She has two full poetry collections published and two novels. Her poems have appeared in several magazines and anthologies. Recently she edited A Poetry of Elephants, sold to raise money for orphan elephants in Kenya. Her new pamphlet All the Time in the World has been published by Cinnamon Press, and she is currently running Poetry School seminars in Plymouth.