Karen Kay is a former BBC news editor who communicates with fairies, and is the founder of international fairy magazine FAE. A passionate nature lover, her friendship with the fairies began as a young child in her grandmother’s garden, where she used to collect rose petals to make perfume for the flower fairies. Karen was guided by the fairies to create the 3 Wishes Fairy Festival – which is held on Solstice weekend (21-23 June) – a completely vegan festival held in Cornwall, which hundreds attend.
She describes the festival as ‘like being in fairyland’. Everyone dresses up and ‘we’re at one with nature’. They dance and attend workshops, sharing their knowledge and connect with the fairy magic. This year also sees the world record attempt of the ‘Most people wearing unicorn horns’.
1) What is your name and where do you live?
My name is Karen Kay (also known as The Fairy Lady) and I live in Penzance in Cornwall UK.
2) What is your favourite soulventure?
My favourite soulventure is life itself! It’s hard to think of one thing. Waking up everyday is a new soulventure for me, from visiting the beach and feeling the ocean on my feet, to wandering in the woods and connecting with the trees, nature and the fairies of course!
3) What’s something that no-one would guess about you?
I love boxing! Or rather the fitness aspect of boxing, I find it really liberating and a chance to be really physical with a punchbag! (not a person). It’s also a great way of releasing any stress. I highly recommend it!
4) What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
I’m pretty happy with the way things are right now, I love the way my life is constantly unfolding, a bit like the petals of a lotus flower. On a purely practical level, I’d love a bigger place to live with lots of trees and nature around me, with perhaps a stream or ocean nearby.
5) If you could be doing anything, anywhere, right now, what would it be?
I would be sitting around the camp fire at my 3 Wishes Fairy Festival with my friends in Cornwall.
6) Of what are you most proud?
Being a mother to my two amazing sons. They are wonderful men and I am very proud of them.
7) Who do you most admire and why?
I admire many people, especially those who live their truth and walk their talk. Those who tread a gentle path of love and peace. Those who stay up for the rights of animals and the environment.
8) Best kiss of your life?
When light rain gently falls onto my face, I call that angel kisses! Or did you mean a human kiss? If so, I’m not going there – some things should be kept private! 🙂
9) What is a new skill you’d like to learn (and why?)
I’d love to be able to paint some of the amazing and beautiful things I see in my head. I have always felt that this is a natural talent though, and not something that can be learned. I’d like to be wrong about this as it would be an amazing skill to have. I love artists and have the highest respect for them. Being able to paint really is a gift.
10) Woods, mountain, city or sea?
I love them all for different reasons, but my top two would be woods and sea. This is partly why I always feel I’m half fairy and half mermaid!
11) If you could say one thing to lots of people, what would it be?
12) What makes you happy?
Being alive makes me feel happy. Every day really is a blessing. Life is a wonderful gift, and one that should be cherished.
13) What is your guiltiest pleasure?
None of my pleasures make me feel guilty!
The ticket hotline for the Fairy Festival is 01736 330201. Prices: Adults £110 for 3 days (day tickets are also available). Children £12 daily, under 7s free. Karen’s Fairy oracle deck ‘Oracle of the Fairies’ (artwork by ginger Kelly) Hay House UK, £14.99 is available for pre-order now on Amazon.