1 October 2022

Image of Book of the month October 2022: The Girl who became a tree

A story of a girl

With a hurt she can’t express

A tale of a creature?

A tail of deepest red.

So begins poet and playwright Joseph Coelho’s stunning poetic adaptation of the Greek myth of Daphne, who transformed herself into a tree to escape the god Apollo.

The ancient legend is seamlessly woven into the modern-day tale of 14 year old Daphne, a girl who becomes lost in the tangled woods of her grief and anger after seeking solace in her local library following the death of her father.