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Toil and Trouble: Witchcraft 101 Workshop

Sunday, Apr 07 2019
10:30 - 13:30
Dr Alice Tarbuck & Dr Claire Askew
location: Bookshop

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Timing: 10.30am - 1pm Price: £45 - covers workshop attendance, materials and refreshments as well as a £3 book voucher. (Follow the link to paypal to book a place, just put £45 in the amount box and email confirmation which constitutes your ticket will then be sent.)

2 Scholarship places are available! Please email the bookshop or asktoilandtrouble@gmail.com for details of this.

Come and join Claire Askew and Alice Tarbuck for a jam-packed workshop, covering the basics of contemporary witchcraft in one fun morning. Whether you’re a practitioner or just curious, this workshop is for you!

Astrology memes, emoji spells, and witch kits on sale in Sephora: a new wave of witchcraft is here, and it’s made the figure of the witch more mainstream than ever before. But what does it mean to be a witch - a notoriously tricksy and shifting label - in these dark and often powerless times? What magic does the 21st century witch have at their disposal? And what are the uses of that magic?

Join Dr Alice Tarbuck and Dr Claire Askew for an intensive workshop where we will endeavour to cover the basics and fill your head with brilliant knowledge! From the real, historical women accused of heresy and witchcraft during the European Witchcraft Hysteria to writing your own spells and tracing witchcraft in popular media, this workshop, with its mix of activities, will draw you in and give you a true crash course in contemporary ethical witchcraft practice.


10.30-11am: History of Witchcraft – who were the real witches?

11-11.45: Activities in preparation of the full moon – charms and crafts.

11.45-12 TEA AND CAKE

12-12.45: The Ethics of Witchcraft & Spells on a Budget

12.45-1.30: Witches in Popular Culture

Tutor Bios:

Dr Alice Tarbuck is the author of Grid (Sad Press, 2018), and an academic working at the University of Dundee and the Centre for Poetic Innovation. Her work on witchcraft has been featured in 404 Inks Nasty Women, The Dangerous Women Project, Edinburgh University’s Uncanny Bodies project, and the Fiction and Feeling project. She has been invited to speak on witchcraft as feminist practice by Scottish PEN and is currently planning a longer work on witchcraft and contemporary practice. Additionally, she has taught workshops for the National Library of Scotland, the Scottish Poetry Library and further afield. When she was born, a white wizard came to her house to bless her, and this, she suspects, is where the trouble started.

Dr Claire Askew is the author of This changes things (Bloodaxe, 2016) and All The Hidden Truths (Hodder & Stoughton, 2018). Her writing on historical women accused of heresy and witchcraft have been published by The Dangerous Women Project, The Scottish Review of Books and Amelias Magazine, among others. In 2017 she was awarded the Jessie Kesson Fellowship to work on a manuscript of poems about these real-life witches and their stories. Claire is the likely- descendant of Anne Askew, the poet and scholar whose writings and activities led to her execution by burning at the stake in 1546. In addition to her PhD, Claire holds a PDA in Adult Teaching and has taught at Edinburgh College, the University of Edinburgh, Arcadia University and in a variety of community settings.

Toil and trouble: towards a responsible witchcraft is an intersectional, accessible course that is open to anyone. People of all genders over the age of 16 are welcome to join us, and our venue Lighthouse Books operates under a safe space policy which you can find on their website [ http://lighthousebookshop.com/about/access-safe-space-policy/ ]. The venue is accessible, though unfortunately the unisex bathroom is not (it is down a spiral staircase).

By booking a place on this course you agree to abide by the terms of the Lighthouse Books Safe Space policy. The course tutors and/or Lighthouse staff reserve the right to remove any participant who breaks the terms of this policy.

Refunds can be issued up to 24hours before the event. If you’ve got any questions please just drop a line to ‘asktoilandtrouble@gmail.com’

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