Song for a Scarlet Runner
PUBLICATION APRIL 2013
Peat is on the run - forced to flee for her life when she's blamed for bringing bad luck to her village. She heads for the endless marshes, where she's caught by an old healer-woman who makes Peat her apprentice and teaches her the skill of storytelling. But a story can be a dangerous thing. It can take you out of one world and leave you stranded in another - and Peat finds herself trapped in an eerie place beyond the Silver River where time stands still. Her only friends are a 900-year-old boy and his ghost hound, plus a small and slippery sleek - a cunning creature that might sink his teeth into your leg one minute, and save your life the next.
Winner of Readings Children's Book Prize 2014. Shortlisted for White Ravens Award 2014 and Prime Minister's Literary Awards (Australia): Children's Fiction 2014 and Children's Book Council of Australia Awards: Book of the Year - Young Readers 2014 and Aurealis Award for Excellence in Fiction: Children's Novel (8-12 Years) 2013. Long-listed for The Margaret Scott Prize 2015.
'A gripping tale... Both magical and superbly true, this new world draws us into universal struggles of survival, loyalty and freedom, as secrets build and break around us like weather.' - Anna Fienberg
Julie Hunt lives on a farm in southern Tasmania and is fascinated by landscapes and the stories they inspire. This interest has taken her from the rugged west coast of Ireland to the ice caves of Romania. She loves poetry, storytelling and traditional folktales, and her own stories combine other-worldly elements with down-to-earth humour. Julie has written picture books and junior novels, and her graphic novel KidGlovz, illustrated by Dale Newman, will be published in the spring of 2013. In Song for a Scarlet Runner, Julie explores an idea that occurs in many traditional stories throughout the world - the 'external soul'. A person's spirit is taken from their body and hidden away so they can never be killed, but eventually time and the laws of nature catch up with them.