Dear Damsels

Tools For Surviving a Storm

Dear Damsels is a publishing platform for women's words and stories. They've been going since 2016 and publish a yearly magazine, host events and even have their own podcast, all aiming to share the words and voices of women from all walks of life. 

From the publisher:

In a transporting, original collection, Nadia Henderson examines the lines between nature and the human world through stories set in landscapes both brutal and beautiful.

Tools for surviving a storm: torchlight, batteries, candles and matches. Stock up on tea bags, biscuits, powdered milk. Have lots of hope, you’ll need it – especially when the power goes out. Know how to get a fire going. Think of happy memories: picking blackberries in your grandmother’s garden; running down to the harbour of an afternoon to watch the cobles wash in from the sea…

A debilitating fear of foxgloves fuels a mother’s obsessions, while a young girl discovers monsters on her morning swim. Strangers on a mushroom-picking excursion find comfort in searching for chanterelles, and tremors in the southern hemisphere bring about seismic shifts in a relationship. A woman stranded by a blizzard longs for a different reality, and – mourning the sudden death of her husband – a widow refuses to leave her home on the eroding coast as a storm blows in…

Journeying from Sweden’s ancient woods to the floodplains of the American South, the women in these stories navigate loneliness, loss and what it means to be alive in an ever-changing world.