I'm delighted to have been asked to give a talk about Devon Witchcraft at this fantastic new film festival in Exeter, which is influenced greatly by the folklore of Dartmoor. My talk is at 12pm on Sunday 10th November at the Exeter Phoenix - details can be found here.
As well as some of Devon's more famous witchcraft cases, such as The Bideford Witches, I'll be sharing details of some fascinating examples from across the county. Cocoa, charms, cards and calves' hearts abound in this exploration of some little known alleged witches. Can these strange events be explained away rationally, or are there some things which defy explanation? Join me on 10th November and find out for yourself....
The Hell-Tor festival boasts a superb line-up of guest speakers, including Mark Gatiss, Stephen Volk and Jonathan Rigby, plus Anna Howarth from Usborne Books, talking about the re-release of All About Ghosts from their Worlds of the Unknown series that many of us loved as kids (if you're that old, which, sadly, I am). There are screenings of Ken Russell's Gothic, Hellraiser (with a talk by Nicholas Vince, who played the Chattering Cenobite) and Borley Rectory, by festival organiser Ashley Thorpe, which has just been released on Blu-Ray with an impressive set of bonus features. Check out the full details on the website here and make sure you pick up your tickets before they sell out!