Thu, 03 Oct|
SOLD OUT - Warlocks, Grey-witches, and Cunning-women
Scottish warlocks, Welsh conjurors, Cornish ‘pellers’, fortune-tellers, and ‘spae-wives’ in 19th-century Britain
Time & Location
03 Oct 2019, 19:30 – 21:00
Treadwell's Books, 33 Store St, Fitzrovia, London WC1E 7BS, UK
About The Event
Down the centuries, Britain has had professional mystics who made their livings by plying magical arts, from revealing the future to laying and removing curses. Scottish warlocks, Welsh conjurors, Cornish ‘pellers’, fortune-tellers, and ‘spae-wives’. In this evocative and interactive talk, historian Thomas Waters explores their lives and work. Who were they? What magical objects, rituals, and techniques did they use? How did they become experts in the magical arts, and with what consequences? Can they still be found today? Join us as we explore the largely rural world of folk magic, from early 1800s Britain to the multicultural present day, bringing these remarkable characters to life. A lecturer at Imperial College London, Tom has spent the best part of the last decade researching the modern history of witchcraft and magic. His book Cursed Britain: A History of Witchcraft and Black Magic in Modern Times is recently published.