Bog Oak Publishing is based in East Anglia, at the edge of the fens. Our work is inspired by the ancient bog oaks that emerge from the earth.
This land we perch on is only a couple of hundred years old. The fens were muddy swamps until adventurers drained them to make farmland. Thousands of years ago, trees grew, aged, blew over in storms and so fell into the bog. Peat preserved the timber because of its acidity. Bog oak is partially fossilised wood, infused with minerals. It is older than the pyramids, older than Stone Henge. Find out more here …
Farmers find it when their ploughshares hit the rock-hard wood. They may swear, or value it, or both. People can make – with difficulty – beautiful sculptures from bog oak, and polish them to a dark sheen.
Bog Oak Publishing aims to bring the wild beauty of the fens into our everyday lives.When we open our eyes, we notice the birds that share our lives, in town or countryside. Their movements draw us to wheel and soar with them, climbing thermal air currents, or peck in the dust to find crumbs that can nourish us. We see plants cracking tarmac to burst into life in spite of oppression. Touching a leaf, we know ourselves to be here, now. The smell of leafmould takes us back to ancient roots.
We may be trying to make life line up like battalions of sugar beet ready for harvest. It just won’t fit! Something old snags our best efforts. Maybe we need to unearth whatever it is, and look at it in daylight? It could be the ancient wisdom we need, reaching up to us through centuries like the branch of a half fossilised tree. It invites us to shake up linear thinking. It’s unnerving, like an arm rising up from the dazzle of a lake to catch and drown our habit of fighting. If we catch our breath and reach out to touch it – can we see the patterns it reveals? It may show us ancient ways to link our communities in warmth and friendship.
The Storyteller Trilogy
The Swan-Bone Flute – coming soon!
The Antler Mask
The Dolphin-Rib Harp