Hello! I’m Amelia. Nice to meet you. 初めまして.
In 2015 I graduated from the University of Winchester with a degree in Creative Writing, and words never leave me alone for long. I have had stories published in the University of Winchester’s creative writing journal, Vortex, and many articles published online.
My studies revolve around folklore and fairy tales, with specific interest in Japanese culture, witchcraft, spinning wheels, and the ocean. Writing that on a CV would probably make me sound crazy, so yay for blogs! I am also Senior Editor for Folklore Thursday. Currently I am living in Scotland and studying for a postgraduate degree.
This blog has gone through many incarnations over the years. It started out as a book/writing blog, then in 2014 I created a fairy tales blog called ‘Asleep in the Woods’ to document the research for my undergraduate dissertation. After graduation, I merged the two and migrated from Blogger to WordPress. Then I started blogging about other things as well, like travelling, folklore, and storytelling. And now here I am, still not quite sure what The Willow Web is for but enjoying filling it with a bit of everything!
I love the sea so much that my friends have nicknamed me ‘Moana.’ Turn your back for 2 seconds and I will already have my shoes off and be sprinting towards the water. Also I will probably steal your hat & use it to collect shells.
In my spare time I like to ice skate, take atrocious polaroid selfies, and (attempt to) play guitar. I also love to travel. To find new places where I feel tiny and don’t know anything, and then explore until they become familiar.
My favourite authors are Angela Carter, Neil Gaiman, Susan Fletcher, and Alison Croggon.
My favourite yōkai is the Yama Oroshi.
Trees are my friends. They know all my secrets.
Follow me on Twitter @amyelize.