Nikita Gill to publish ’empowering’ fairytales
12 months ago TNN 0
Famous poet and writer Nikita Gill is writing ‘empowering’ retellings of traditional fairytales.
Titled Fierce Fairytales & Other Stories to Stir Your Soul, the book is a collection of stories, poems and illustrations that according to the publisher, “gives ‘Once Upon a Time’ a much-needed modern makeover”.
The blurb reads, “Gone are the gender stereotypes of obliging lovers, violent men and girls that need rescuing. Instead, lines blur between heroes and villains and you’ll meet brave princesses, a new kind of wolf lurking in the concrete jungle and a courageous Gretel who can bring down monsters on her own.”
Fierce Fairytales is published by Trapeze, an imprint of Orion Books.
“We were thrilled with Wild Embers so I am absolutely delighted to continue working with Nikita on a book that brings even more fire and magic to an even bigger audience,” said Emma Smith, commissioning Editor at Trapeze to The Bookseller, “Fairytale tropes are long overdue a 21st century feminist update, and Nikita has skillfully delivered nuanced characters, deconstructed damaging myths, and has gotten under the skin of toxic masculinity. This collection will not just be a thing of beauty, but will be a book to light up the minds of generations to come.”
Nikita Gill’s poetry book Wild Embers contained similar themes of self empowerment and feminism with clever imagery, it would be interesting to read her re-imagined versions of the worn old tales.