Ilmarinen and the Fire

Fiona Sampson


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Night Bird Press N2
1 December 2019
ISBN: 9780993016561
32 pages

From the publisher

Words by Fiona Sampson

Illustrated by Louisa Amelia Albani

Since the beginning of human history, we’ve been fascinated by the innovators and inventors who transform society. It’s not surprising myths have sprung up around their mysterious talents: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, even the Greek myth of Icarus and his father Daedalus. Less well-known, outside Finland at least, is the ancient Kalevala story of Ilmarinen, the blacksmith god. A winter’s tale of ice and fire, love and loss, runes and pine forests, it’s retold here in an innovative collaboration by contemporary artist Louisa Albani and poet Fiona Sampson.