Lucy H. Pearce is a multi-passionate creatrix: author, artist, publisher, editor and teacher.
Best-known as the author of multiple life-changing non-fiction books. Her writing focuses on women’s healing through archetypal psychology, embodiment, historical awareness and creativity. Her work has been shared internationally in online and print media.
Lucy is an award-winning graduate in History of Ideas with English Literature from Kingston University, and a PGCE from Cambridge University and Writer’s Bureau runner-up Writer of the Year.
She was the contributing editor and columnist at JUNO magazine, and blogged on creativity and motherhood at Dreaming Aloud.net for a decade. Her articles have appeared in newspapers, websites and magazines around the world.
Lucy founded Womancraft Publishing, publishing paradigm-shifting books by women for women, in 2014. There she acts as midwife to transformational women’s words that have the power to challenge, inspire, heal and speak to the silenced aspects of ourselves. Over its first decade Womancraft has published close to 50 books by a diverse selection of international female authors, with cover art by women artists, these include multiple award-winning and Amazon-best-selling titles.
Lucy’s life-changing non-fiction books include:
- Crow Moon – an exploration of the dark woods, within and without, and the symbol of the crow. (Pre-orders open Dec 1 2023)
- The Kitchen Witch Companion: Recipes, Rituals and Reflections (co-authored with Sarah Robinson) a practical guide to making magic in the kitchen and celebrating the wheel of the year.
- She of the Sea – what is the call of the sea and why does it impact us so? This is a deep dive into the ocean and the inner sea, women and water, exploring where the real and the magical, the salty and the sacred meet, within and without.
- Creatrix: she who makes – an exploration of the creative process and creative entrepreneurship for women. Nautilus Silver award winner and #1 bestseller on Amazon in the UK and US. Now available in Polish.
- Medicine Woman: reclaiming the soul of healing exploring women’s sickness, health and healing within patriarchal medicine…and beyond. Nautilus and CIIS award winner.
- Full Circle Health: integrated health charting for women – a creative approach to holistic health for all who love planners, trackers and bullet journals. Full Circle Health provides a highly flexible, deeply supportive way of tracking your health, whatever your current health conditions.
- Burning Woman – a highly-acclaimed exploration of women and power, a #1 Amazon bestseller and Nautilus silver award winner. It is now available in Polish and soon in Turkish.
- Moon Time: living in flow with your cycle, is now in its third edition to mark its tenth anniversary. The #1 best-selling book in its field on Amazon, it has been acclaimed by women around the world as “life-changing.” Available also in Spanish and Slovenian and soon in Russian and German.
- Her girls’ version Reaching for the Moon is a soulful guide to the menstrual cycle for girls aged 9-14 and is now in 6 languages: English, French, Dutch, Korean, German and Polish.
- The Rainbow Way: Cultivating Creativity in the Midst of Motherhood has been a #1 bestseller on Amazon in the UK and US. It features the voices of over 50 creative mothers including: Jennifer Louden, Pam England and Leonie Dawson and has been credited with saving lives and starting creative businesses.
- Moods of Motherhood is a journey through the diverse emotional weather of motherhood that speaks the unspeakable straight to the heart. Available also in Polish.
Themes in Lucy’s work
- Creativity and the creative process
- Authenticity and vulnerability as keys to self expression
- Soul and psyche
- Authentic spirituality
- Lost archetypes of the feminine
- Circles, spirals and women’s circles
- Women’s bodies, health and healing
- Neurodivergence and mental health
- Reaching towards a post-patriarchal vision of the world.
Lucy has contributed to a number of book anthologies including: Tiny Buddha; BlogHer; Wild Sister and She Rises.
Her work is featured in If Women Rose Rooted, Divergent Mind, Descent & Rising, Rainbow Goddess: Celebrating Neurodiversity and Changing history to HERSTORY.
Lucy is a multi-faceted creative whose work spans the expressive arts, exploring the lost archetypes of the feminine and symbols of the soul. Her visual art has been used as book covers, book illustrations, in magazines, greetings cards and logos.
She is passionate about helping midwife creativity and self-expression. Originally trained as a teacher, Lucy teaches regular e-courses on creative writing, editing, image-making and publishing.
The mother of three children, she lives and works in a small village by the Celtic Sea in East Cork, Ireland.
Some may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one…
That line from John Lennon has been known to make me cry.
Because being a dreamer in this world can feel lonely and scary. We have big beautiful dreams but learning to live them out loud, helping them to bloom, and supporting ourselves in the process – that’s the work of heroes, and often we feel anything but.
I understand what it takes to move ideas from seed to fully rooted plant. I know the creative process inside out. In the words of one blog reader: “Lucy gets shit done!” I know what it’s like to be highly sensitive and under-confident. To struggle with depression and anxiety. I know completely. Please, please don’t let that stop you for a second. The way out is through. Through creativity we heal ourselves… and all those whose lives we touch. This I know as truth. And it matters. Don’t for a second think it doesn’t. Or that you can put it off for another moment. Our world needs all the colour and innovation we can give right now. Our communities, global and local, are hungry for people of vision, projects of hope, people standing fully in their power not dominated by fear.
We need to find the courage to harness our greatest visions and live them out. We need to embody our values. Dare to live authentically. Risk vulnerability. Face down shame, repression and taboo. Dreaming new dreams not only for ourselves, but for the entire human race.
Each of our voices matter so much. Our collective energy is so desperately needed in these transition times.
Together we can create change.
What’s with all the pebbles?
You may have noticed a pebble theme going on here! Pebbles have been a passion for as long as I can remember. Every time I’m feeling overwhelmed, angry, in need of inspiration… I go down to the beach near our house. I walk the strand, look out to sea, sometimes draw labyrinths in the sand, and I always take a pebble and pop it in my coat pocket.
My hand is drawn to it as I go through my daily life. I silently turn it over in my hand and it brings me back to a place of clarity and connection.
I was deep inspired by the book Circle of Stones, by Judith Duerk, it was the impetus I needed to start our women’s group. In it she asks this very important question: how would your life be different, if you have a circle of women to go to? A circle of stones is a metaphor for a circle of wise women.
This work is a circle of stones to me.
And why the spiral?
Spirals have always been an important image to me – they appeared on our wedding invitations, on my father’s pottery, on my favourite clothes. The spiral of pebbles harks back to when I was training to be a teacher at Cambridge University, there was an artists’ house that we often visited called Kettles Yard. In the sitting room was a simple wooden table in a sunny window with a beautiful spiral of white pebbles. On my first visit I sat there, in the midst of the hubbub of school children and wrote a poem. I bought three postcards and have always had one close to hand to inspire me – for me this represents everyday zen, a topic which I return to many times: a celebration of the simplicity, the order, the connection between art and nature…
The original Dreaming Aloud blog had a photograph of a stone spiral as its logo, the spiral was made with a group of women on International Women’s Day a few years back, out of the stones on our local beach. It was a beautiful and evocative image, and one of the examples of random acts of beauty which I regularly create on my walks. I often leave spirals of stones, mandalas of leaves and flowers, or chains of blossoms, labyrinths, and other ephemeral art behind me.
Spirals appear in nearly all my paintings. I have taught about the spiral many times, including at The World Parliament of Religions in 2022. It is an image and symbol which speaks deeply to me, so it is only natural that it become the logo to first my blog, and now my website.