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Mar 2, 2024

iServalan (Sarnia de la Maré FRSA) writer, illustrator and composer of the Book of Immersion Weekly Amazon Series

Sarnia is the creator of the Amazon Books Series IMMERSION.

Here are some links for you guys to access the ebook versions, free on Kindle Plus.

black and white photograph of iServalan (AKA Sarnia de la Maré) from the band Tale Teller Club in their recording studio standing with electric cello and piano

Sarnia de la Maré is artist, writer, and illustrator known for her immersive works. Let’s delve into her artistic journey:

  1. Artistic Background:

    • Sarnia hails from a lineage of artists and poets, which has deeply influenced her creative path.
    • Her journey into the art and literary world began at an early age, steeped in a rich heritage of creativity. As a child she regularly attended poetry meetings and theatrical performances that were so evocative of the 1960s and 1970s.
    • She was sent away to boarding school at eleven but this was no ordinary school. Frensham Heights in Surrey England has a long history in the creative arts.
  2. Book of Immersion Series:

    • Sarnia is both the writer and illustrator of the Book of Immersion series.
    • This series weaves together imagination, storytelling, and visual elements, inviting readers to immerse themselves in the converging storylines. The Book of Immersion also features music by the Tale Teller Club Band.
  3. Marchioness of Dorchester Poetry Collection:

    • As the Marchioness of Dorchester, Sarnia has explored the realm of poetry. A tongue in cheek performance art character locked into the 1600s.
    • Her collection contains evocative verses that touch upon themes of love, longing, and the human experience, often featuring fruit and other symbolism.
  4. Podcast and Tale Teller Club Academy of Arts:

Sarnia de la Maré’s artistic endeavors blend words, images, and emotions that resonate with audiences. 🎨✨

Some examples of the work Sarnia is currently involved with.

  1. Art by Sarnia de la Maré:

    • You can immerse yourself in Sarnia’s figurative artworks and portraits by visiting her blog, Art by Sarnia de la Maré FRSA.
    • Her unique blend of oil paints and gold leaf brings subjects to life, capturing subtle nuances of human expression and revealing the soul beneath the surface1.
    • Explore her techniques, themes, and mesmerizing allure on her blog: Art by Sarnia de la Maré FRSA
  2. “The Afterlife”:

  3. Anti-War Poetry and Live Readings

Check out these useful links with Sarnia'd other work.

Songs written by Sarnia de la Mare

Creative TV hosted and created by Sarnia de la Mare

Band blog for Tale Teller Club for compositions by Sarnia de la Maré

Poetry by Sarnia de la Mare

Podcasts, poetry and stories by Sarnia de la Mare

Podcasts with a futuristic vibe with poetry readings and music by AI and the Homotech 23s

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#iservalan #sdelamare #sarniadelamare #sarnia-d #taletellerclub #bookofimmersion #strata #stratabooks #TTC 

Jan 3, 2024

"Ink and Parchment: A Tapestry of Words through Millennia"


In the hallowed halls of history, where time weaves its intricate threads, the art of writing and publishing books stands as a testament to humanity's quest for knowledge, wisdom, and connection. Imagine the ancient scribes, hunched over parchment, diligently etching tales that would transcend generations. Our journey begins not with a whisper but with the thunderous echo of sacred verses — the Bible, a cornerstone in the epic saga of writing and publishing that unfolds across centuries and civilizations.

1. The Bible: Genesis of the Written Word

Source: The Bible

In the dim light of antiquity, where oral traditions wove the fabric of cultural identity, the Bible emerged as a celestial beacon. Written over centuries by multiple authors, its sacred verses became the first bound collection of written wisdom, a chronicle of faith, law, and parables. The creation of the Bible marked the dawn of a new era, where the written word became a vessel for divine messages and human stories.

2. The Manuscript Era: Monks and Scribes as Custodians of Knowledge

Source: "The History of the Book in the West: 400AD–1455" by Albert Labarre

As the medieval mist enshrouded Europe, monasteries emerged as sanctuaries of knowledge. Monks and scribes, guided by the quill and ink, meticulously transcribed manuscripts. The illuminated pages of these sacred tomes became repositories of classical texts, preserving the wisdom of ancient civilizations. The scriptoria of monasteries echoed with the rhythmic strokes of pens, unraveling the scrolls of history.

3. The Printing Press Revolution: Gutenberg’s Symphony of Words

Source: "The Gutenberg Revolution" by John Man

In the heart of the 15th century, Johannes Gutenberg orchestrated a revolution that resonates through time — the invention of the printing press. With a symphony of movable type, Gutenberg liberated words from the confines of scriptoria. The Bible, once locked in handwritten manuscripts, now unfurled its pages in printed glory. The press's thunderous roar marked the birth of mass-produced books, forever altering the landscape of knowledge dissemination.

4. The Age of Enlightenment: A Literary Renaissance

Source: "The Enlightenment and the Book: Scottish Authors and Their Publishers in Eighteenth-Century Britain, Ireland, and America" by Richard Sher

As the sun of reason dawned during the Enlightenment, books became beacons of intellectual enlightenment. Salons buzzed with fervent discussions, and coffeehouses transformed into literary hubs. The printing industry flourished, publishing treatises, novels, and philosophical musings. Words, once confined to the elite, flowed into the hands of a burgeoning middle class hungry for intellectual emancipation.

5. The Digital Revolution: Bytes and Beyond

Source: "The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man" by Marshall McLuhan

In the latter half of the 20th century, a new chapter unfolded — the digital revolution. Words transcended paper, dancing in the pixels of computer screens. E-books, blogs, and self-publishing platforms emerged, democratizing the written word. The Gutenberg Galaxy expanded into a digital cosmos, where authors and readers connected across virtual realms.

Conclusion: Words Unbound, Pages Unwritten

Our journey through the annals of writing and publishing unveils a rich tapestry, woven with ink, parchment, and now, pixels. From sacred scrolls to digital bytes, the evolution of books mirrors the evolution of human thought, culture, and progress. As we stand on the precipice of the unknown, gazing into a future where books are yet to be written, one wonders: what tales will future generations unfold in the chapters yet to be bound?

If you love shi-fi adventure fiction here are More episodes of Immersion by Sarnia de la Maré FRSA

Strata 1
Strata 2
Strata 3
Strata 4
Strata 5
Strata 6
Strata 7
Strata 8
Strata 9
Strata 10
Strata 11
Strata 12
Strata 13
Strata 14
Strata 15
Strata 16 
Strata 18
Strata 19

Glossary for The Book of Immersion Volume 1 by Sarnia de la Maré FRSA

Dec 19, 2023

The Car Crash Suicides by Sarnia de la Maré FRSA #horror #poetry #poem #spokenword

zombie illustration for The Car Crash by Sarnia de la Maré FRSA

The Car Crash Suicides by Sarnia de la Maré FRSA

In the shadows of 

Night they rise

From the realm 

Of life's demise.

Speeding cars 

On weathered roads

The living dead

With nowhere to go

Headlights collide 

Metals screech

A motorway pile up

More bodies to eat

This crash a collision 

Of worlds entwined

Metal on metal

fate maligned

In the suicide's wake 

The undead crawl

Twisted limbs

Eyes, blood pools

From the wretched spoils, 

they stagger free,

Flacid cocked ghouls 

With a ravenous glee.

Blood-streaked motorways 

A canvas of dread

The car crash echoes

The cries of the dead.

The fragments of life

The broken heads

A ballet grotesque

In the pale moonlight

As the living give up

The will to fight

©2023 Sarnia de la Maré FRSA