The Stories

Powerful elder women in European myth & folklore

tradition-bearers, wisdom-keepers, tellers of tales

Tales of the wise women

Please find below the audio versions of a few of my retellings and reimaginings of stories about older women.

As well as the stories I write about in Hagitude, I’m currently working on a collection of additional stories and folklore from Europe which feature elder women. This will be published by Virago Press in October 2024 as Wise Women: Myths and Folklore in Celebration of Older Women.


The Old Woman. The one who haunted the edgelands; the mysterious shadow in the heart of the darkwood. The exile, the rebel, the one who shrugged off the fetters of conventional society; the one who imagined and cultivated her own vision of how the world should be, thank you very much.

Stories read by Sharon Blackie

No Country for Old Women

An original story by Sharon from Foxfire, Wolfskin and other stories of shapeshifting women.

When Things Fall Apart

A story adapted by Sharon about the Old Woman of the World.

The Story of Dog

A story adapted by Sharon about Dog and the Old Woman of the World.

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