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The Firebird, out now from Hedgespoken Press


We've finally done it - Rima and I have made a book of one of our very favourite Russian folk-tales, hopefully the first of many!

The Firebird is a tale we've been telling for many years now. You can find out more about it (and buy it, of course!) here.


Watch our short film showcasing The Firebird here:




As it says on the website:

In a certain kingdom, where the mulberries grow as big as apples and the apricots are sweeter than honey, there was once a great, broad-leafed forest. The forest covered the land as far as the keenest eye could see or the nimblest mind could imagine, and in that forest there lived a Hunter...

So begins this Hedgespoken retelling of the classic Russian wonder-tale, The Firebird, beloved by audiences and readers of all ages for many centuries. Tom Hirons tells the tale of the bold and foolish young hunter who picks up a feather from the fabled Firebird, not knowing (despite his wise horse's best attempts to warn him) what adventures await him. It is a story of bravery and sorcery, love and greed; ultimately it is the tale of what happens when the Firebird's extraordinary magic touches lives. Rima Staines' beautiful artwork illustrates the story throughout (three of the seven full-page illustrations are shown on this page) and we've made every effort to preserve the magic of this extraordinary tale in every detail of this, our first folktale publication.

The Firebird is printed on 100% recycled paper, with 68 full-colour internal pages and a resplendent gatefold cover.

Will you pick up the feather of the Firebird, or will you leave it on the forest floor and turn away from adventure, trouble and transformation?


  • Paperback with gatefold cover
  • 148 x 148mm (5.8" x 5.8")
  • 68 internal pages, full colour throughout
  • Lithograph printed by CALVERTS workers co-op in London, UK
  • 100% recycled paper throughout
  • 7 internal full-page colour illustrations
  • ISBN: 978-0-9933656-4-5



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