“I am as brown as brown can be,
And my eyes as black as sloe;
I am as brisk as brisk can be,
And wild as forest doe.”
(The Child Ballads, 295)
Inspired by the The Brown Girl ballad A Pocketful of Crows is a fairy tale of love, magic, betrayal and revenge woven from traditional folklore.
Originally written in short form as part of a live Twitter #Storytime, it’s a dark and magical story in which a nameless Faërie girl defies her people and follows her heart after falling in love with a human…
‘I see A Pocketful of Crows as a psychological coming-of-age story disguised as a fairy tale. There are elements of Grimm’s fairy tales here, and elements of the Gothic novel. Most of all, there is the idea that fairy tales can be reflections of the human psyche, expressing things through story that cannot be easily articulated elsewhere’ – Joanne Harris