By Bernardine Ann Teráz Stapleton
You’ve heard of The Battery – quiet, peaceful, serene. That is until Girly Muckle wakes up. Girly knows the folk living in The Battery have plenty of secrets to keep. She has a few of her own. For starters, she’s a selkie. Now, a selkie isn’t some cutie-pie creature, so you needn’t imagine a princess of the mermaids here. No. Along with her besties – an adlet and a shapeling – they are the Queer Hands, a band of young punks with big dreams. But, when a meddling detective threatens to expose their mythical nature to the world, will the Queer Hands even make it out alive?
Bernardine Ann Teráz Stapleton is an author, a playwright, a performer, and an absolute treasure with the voice of a tempest. Born in North West River and raised in Marystown, her connections to the province of Newfoundland and Labrador resonate throughout her works. Her plays are regularly produced across the province, and her previous books include the award-winning They Let Down Baskets (Killick Press), Rants, Riffs and Roars (Creative Book Publishing), and This is the Cat (Creative Book Publishing). Her memoir, Love, Life, is forthcoming from Breakwater Books. Learn more about her at bernistapleton.com.
Nicole Leona Smith is an emerging visual artist who divides her time between Newfoundland and her home in Cambridge, Ontario. Her illustrations are simply delightful. Until now, she has been best known for her writing and her work in theatre. She is also drafting her first novel with support from the Ontario Arts Council. Discover more about her at nicoleona.com.
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