Cherry Gilchrist is an award-winning author whose themes include mythology, alchemy, family history, life stories, and Russian culture.
'I have been writing since childhood, and began to have stories, articles and poetry published in my teenage years. I settled into my stride in my thirties, and have had around thirty books published, with leading such as Weiser, Piatkus, Arkana, Penguin and Barefoot Books. Luck, persistence and keeping a philosophical outlook in the face of publishing ups and downs have all helped to shape my work as an author over the last forty years!'
Her range of titles includes books both for adults and children, such as the popular Stories from the Silk Road, and the well-known Alchemy, the Great Work, which has never been out of print since first published in 1984. The ground-breaking Circle of Nine, exploring feminine archetypes in the everyday life of women has recently been revised and republished. . Russian Magic is an insider's look at Russian myths and folklore, based on Cherry's many visits to Russia, and her book Tarot Triumphs explores the rich symbolism of traditional Tarot cards.
Cherry is a graduate of Cambridge University, with a post-graduate diploma from the University of Bath Spa. She is also an experienced lecturer and writing tutor. 'I love research, and find that the real learning comes when you delve into a subject as if beating a path through the undergrowth! Formal education prepared me for this, but when it comes down to it, I'm a freelance explorer!'
She lives in the old town of Topsham on the River Exe, with her husband, artist Robert Lee-Wade, two black cats for luck, and two granddaughters growing up fast nearby.
'Your Life, Your Story' and 'Growing Your Family Tree' and Russian Magic have now been re-published by Lume Books (formerly Endeavour) as Kindle e-books, available on Amazon. These are practical guides on how to write up your life story and research your family history.
'Kabbalah: The Tree of Life Oracle'
is in the process of being republished, as a set of cards, book, and layout sheet. Due to a reshuffle of publishing imprints, this was postponed, but should be available shortly. I've had many requests from would-be purchasers, after it went out of print a few years ago, so I'm delighted.
Since April 2020, I've been writing a separate blog at www.cherrycache.org where ‘Cherry Gilchrist author shares her stories, treasures and travels with you’. This blog replaces the one which was previously on this website.(I've re-presented some of the most popular topics on the new site.) Here's how I've described it:
'Cherry's Cache is devoted to a wide variety of stories, articles and pictures, many drawn from my existing store of work, and some newly created on subjects that fascinate me. Just as mudlarks turn up all sorts of finds from different periods, I’ll be busy digging into my own hoard, polishing up my finds, and picking out the best to share with you.'
The most popular post in the first year of my blog was 'Pangur Ban and the Old Irish Cats', featuring a beautiful poem written by a medieval monk to his cat.
Soho Tree of Life
I’ve also been writing elsewhere, with a colleague, Rod Thorn. 'Soho Tree' is a website which celebrates and investigates the early days of a group of young people meeting in Soho in the 1950s to study Kabbalah, astrology and meditation. This is the line of teaching that I eventually joined in the 1970s, and have been associated with ever since. Coffee bars, skiffle, homeless poets, midnight meetings – it’s all there!
Talks and Projects
I am an experienced professional lecturer, tutor and leader of workshops. I completed 12 years as an approved lecturer for the Arts Society, UK, and ten years as a writing tutor of online courses for the Universities of Oxford and of Exeter. Venues I've lectured in on a freelance basis include the Royal Academy, the Temenos Academy, the international conference of the Theosophical Society of America, and the Open Centre, New York. My subjects range, broadly speaking, across those of my books and the skills of writing itself. If you would like to enquire about availability, please contact me via this website.