Wain - LGBT Reimaginings of Scottish Folktales Book
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Reading level - 13 to 18 years.
Wain is a collection of LGBT themed poetry for teens based on retellings of Scottish myths. The collection contains stories about kelpies, selkies, and the Loch Ness Monster, alongside perhaps lesser-known mythical people and creatures, such as wulvers, Ghillie Dhu, and the Cat Sìth. These poems immerse readers in an enriching, diverse and enchanting vision of contemporary life.
The poems in this collection are fun, surprising, and full of a magical mix of myth and contemporary LGBT themes- it is a perfect read for teens who are learning more about themselves, other people, and the world around them. Wain is fully illustrated, and aimed at teenagers.
Rachel Plummer was commissioned by LGBT Youth Scotland to write the collection, and the commission was funded by Creative Scotland. The book is accessible to all readers, Scottish and not it comes with a glossary, which explains more about the myths in the poems. There is also a section of writing exercises to encourage young readers to write their own poems, inspired by the book.
"Plummer's message of supportive positivity and self-affirmation through legend and myth reassures any young reader that there are so many shades of being -- that it is important, though often hard, to be who you are or want to be, not what others demand or expect to you be. [...] These poems are a deeply humane and necessary way of rehabilitating the old with the new and I wish as a child I'd had access to such resources as the poems and paintings in Wain." Richie McCaffery, Poetry School
"Rachel Plummer's Wain represents an ideal project in the field of children's/YA literature whose aim is to make the queer community feel like a welcomed and valid part of society, as it manages to harness and combine the educational power of folktales and the possibility of inclusive heritage. Though it is primarily targeting Scottish families, the fact itself that it is grounded in mythology gives it potential to appeal to readers all over the world. As such, Wain does not only fulfil the manifesto of LGBT Youth Scotland, but goes beyond it, helping not only Scotland, but the world be the best place to grow up for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex young people." Tereza Walsbergerová, Re: Views Magazine