Mara Menzies at Wigtown Book Festival
Blood and Gold
Join storyteller Mara Menzies as she talks about and shares stories from Blood and Gold, based on her acclaimed storytelling performance, which premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2019 to rapturous praise and has toured in 27 countries. The book follows the story of Jeda, a girl on the cusp of adulthood, living in Edinburgh; with a white father and a black mother, who feels self-conscious and out of place. Her mother’s last gift to her is a box of stories. When the box is flung open, the stories escape, setting in motion an incredible journey. Jeda learns more about her African ancestry through tales of slavery, cruelty and colonisation, but she also discovers pride and love and sacrifice, ultimately embracing her dual heritage and her unique place in the world. Filled with tragedy, wonder and magic, Blood and Gold explores the themes of loss and oppression, while asking us to examine our own identities, attitudes, and humanity.
About the author: Mara Menzies is a narrative artist who draws on her rich, dual Kenyan/Scottish cultural heritage to create worlds that explore contemporary issues through legend, myth and fantasy. She lives in Edinburgh. Blood and Gold is beautifully illustrated by Eri Griffin.