So excited to announce that my and Jonathan Plackett’s binary busting illustrated book ‘Gender Swapped Fairy Tales‘ will be published by Faber & Faber on 5th November 2020. Jonathan created an algorithm that swaps the gender in text turning ‘he’ to ‘she’ and ‘son’ to ‘daughter’. We applied it to fairytales and I illustrated the new stories. Preorder from:
‘Book of the Month’ in The Bookseller (14/8/20)
‘Best Books of Autumn 2020’ in the Guardian (3/9/20)
‘Imagine a world where princesses in shining armour race to rescue their sleeping princes, kings sit by the window sewing and longing for a child and kind-hearted men are rewarded for looking past the flaws of beastly princesses.
People have been telling fairy tales to their children for hundreds of years. And for almost as long, people have been rewriting those fairy tales – to help their children imagine a world where they are the heroes. Karrie and Jon were reading their child these stories when they hit upon a dilemma, something previous versions of these stories were missing, and so they decided to make one vital change.. They haven’t rewritten the stories in this book. They haven’t reimagined endings, or reinvented characters. What they have done is switch all the genders. It might not sound like that much of a change, but you’ll be dazzled by the world this swap creates – and amazed by the new characters you’re about to discover.’
Publisher: Faber & Faber