copley Beans in Snow    jennifer_copley
Childhood smells of gingerbread and hot porridge. It wears red shoes, glass slippers and seven league boots. And everyone lives happily ever after. But it is also a dark wood full of hungry giants, big bad wolves and child-sized ovens. It is a place where ‘brothers and sisters get separated – / boys turned into swans, / girls put into tall towers / where they have to climb down their own hair / to escape, then wander the earth / with thorns in their eyes.’

Beans in Snow is a stunning exploration of the world of childhood, its consolations and cruelties, real and imagined. Like Angela Carter, Liz Lochhead and Viki Feaver, Jennifer Copley is fascinated by the way we act out stories from childhood in our adult lives. Trying to find her brother after his death, she becomes Gerda, Gretel and the goose-girl, making sense of his death in memory, in imagination and in the power of story-telling. Beans in Snow is not just a brilliant and original re-working of some well-known fairy-tales, it is a book with something profound to say about childhood and growing up, about fear and belief, and about our enduring need for happy endings.

“urgent, visceral… not for the faint-hearted”
U.A. Fanthorpe
“charming, sensuous and disturbing”
Carol Rumens

Beans in Snow – Jennifer Copley
ISBN-13: 978-0-9560341-2-0  Price: £7.95  The book can be ordered online via Inpress:

Jennifer Copley will be reading from Beans in Snow alongside Linda France and Kathleen Kenny on Wednesday 28th October at 7.00 pm, at a Smokestack launch event at the Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE  … AND … at th Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal on Friday 6 November: Brewery Poets  –  starts at 7pm for 7.30 and costs £5 with a welcoming glass of wine. Booking is advisable as there is limited seating: 01539 725133.


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