The Olive Kiss

Shona Cox

The Olive Kiss tells the story of the unknown nuance between a master craftsman and a wealthy Judean merchant – an evolving friendship that leads to jealousy, envy and fatal mistakes.

Published in 2017, The Olive Kiss takes an ancient story and re-imagines it. With original artwork commissioned as printed works, The Olive Kiss is a study of poetry, literary exploration and art. Written in the visual style of cinematic prose, peppered with lyrical descriptions and focusing on the intimate relationships between characters known to the biblical world, The Olive Kiss is both a prayer and a quest for the great ‘what if?’

‘Brilliant and beautiful’ with visionary insight and turn of phrase, Shona Cox has crafted the poetry and landscape of the ancient world sublimely. Yet, the characters remain modern, their tension and demands completely on trend with everyday life, of friendship, desire, intrigue, distrust, and loss. The Olive Kiss is written for now, its message of old resonating through time to strike a chord in our contemporary buzz. Listen, absorb and seek the more is the mantra of this work.