Cherry Gilchrist is an award-winning author whose themes include mythology, alchemy, life stories, esoteric traditions, and Russian culture. She is a graduate of Cambridge University, and holds a post-graduate diploma from the University of Bath Spa.
Her broad range of titles covers books both for adults and children, such as the popular Stories from the Silk Road, the well-known Alchemy, the Great Work, and the ground-breaking Circle of Nine. Many years of visiting Russia to research traditional culture there resulted in The Soul of Russia, also published as Russian Magic. Her recent book, Growing Your Family Tree, is a guide to discovering personal roots and family history, and explores the place of ancestry in our lives. It follows Your Life, Your Story: Writing your Life Story for Family and Friends, reflecting Cherry’s long-standing interest in personal narratives (see Books page for publishers and full details). Cherry's book 'Tarot Triumphs', on the symbolism of the traditional Tarot cards, will be published by Red Wheel Weiser in autumn 2016.
Cherry is also an experienced lecturer and writing tutor. She has taught regular courses for the Universities of Oxford and Exeter, at Chateau La Creuzette in France, and at Marlborough Summer School. As a lecturer, she offers a variety of topics relating to the themes of her books. Venues for her talks have included the Temenos Academy, NADFAS, the British Council, the Cheltenham Festival of Literature, and The Royal Academy.
She lives in Exeter UK, with her husband, artist Robert Lee-Wade.