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Minerva and the Whir

Debut short story and poetry pamphlet by Jo D’arc reveals fantasy journey
across the elements

Jo D’arc is a popular writer, musician, producer/DJ and artist currently based in Glasgow where she is also a passionate community worker and activist. Minerva and The Whir is her debut pamphlet containing a short story and a selection of poetry.

The story follows Minerva, the goddess of wisdom, poetry and music as she wakes and wanders the earth, seeking to understand, feeling both enamored with and disgusted by humanity. The story flirts with ancient mythology, fantasy, magic and spirituality wrapped in a dystopian veil. Commenting on identity politics and class issues, the 5,000-word tale highlights the inequality and hypocrisy of society, questioning the cult of consumption and greed that often fuels our current world view. The story and the additional six poems, Minerva WakesShe DancesClay MoundsOr RatherA Rainbow TricklesAs We Turn, and Only Flow explore the impact of technological development and globalisation on humanity, considering where these could lead in light of our fragile reality when faced with extremes of the fanciful.

Minerva and the Whir is part of a multi-artform project that includes an album of music, visual art and spoken word poetry. The album and pamphlet are available to pre-order here now. On release the pamphlet will be available for purchase on the Minerva Wakes bandcamp and webpage as well as online retailers such as Amazon, Waterstones and Blackwells.

The album will also be available to purchase on the Minerva Wakes bandcamp and webpage and will be available on all digital music platforms including Spotify, Apple, Deezer and Amazon.