Prologue: Wolf Girl

North American gray wolf
Wolf and Woman poem

This poem resonates with me for a number of reasons, and it seemed like an apt way for me to open my first post. I have spent a lot of my life learning that it’s okay not to fit in – it’s nice to think of that rebellious/non-conforming part of myself as my inner wolf, who doesn’t want to be one of the sheep. It also reminds me of the nickname I’ve sometimes been given: ‘wolf girl’.

I’ve received this nickname most often at the beginning of each new academic year, when the strange and perhaps surprising topic of my PhD study (wolves in Old English literature) was understandably more memorable than my name for the new group of students moving into the hall where I lived. I only compounded this when I spent 6 months with the wolves at the Scottish Deer Centre in Fife. Though I’m definitely not complaining about it.

Reluctant to leave ‘wolf girl’ behind now that I’ve (almost) finished my thesis, I decided to start Words on Wolves. The meaning of this site’s title is two-fold: it’s (going to be) full of words about wolves, but also will focus primarily on literature about wolves. At the moment I plan to look at a range of books, some novels and some non-fiction, and maybe some poetry too. I’ve got quite a collection of books on wolves and rewilding, so plenty of material to get me started. I may incorporate discussions of films as well (probably ones based on wolf-themed books) – although if I ever talk about The Grey, prepare for it to be completely panned. I’m also thinking about discussing a wolf ‘quote of the day/post’ each time, as there’s plenty of great (and misinformed) ones out there, but we’ll see how it goes.

Please bear with my while I get my bearings (or … wolfings?) and figure out how exactly the site is going to run over the next few weeks/months. Luckily, I have a lot of time on my hands to do so.

If anyone wants to get in contact with me, head over to the very originally named ‘contact me’ section of the site. I’m always happy to discuss wolves, conservation, literature, or any topics in between.

Until next time…

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