Beyond the Shallow Bank


Beyond the Shallow Bank

A woman’s personal awakening amidst rumors of a selkie

Authors & Illustrator


First Place Book Award

First Place Award

Third Place Book Award

Third Place Award


Artist Margaret Talbot has fought her way into the male dominated world of publishing in the late 19th century to become a magazine illustrator. In 1901, She suffers a life changing crisis and comes to a small fishing village where she meets many people. An older woman becomes a friend and mentor. Another woman accuse Margaret of being a witch and burning down the local hotel with black magic. A mad investor tries to turn sea gulls into intercontinental carrier pigeons with magnets. In a fisherman’s house, Margaret encounters Sara Grant who skips, sings nonsense songs and has trouble understanding everyday life. She fears that Sara suffered a childhood trauma but some in the village say that Sara is a selkie, a magical being from Celtic mythology who walks on the land as a human and swims in the sea as a seal. With the influence of the villagers. and her own self-determination, Margret strives to discover who she is and what she truly wants.