Women in Print Boscastle : Witchcraft and the Popular Press 1920-1990


Women in Print: Witchcraft and the Popular Press 1920- 1990
April 11th 2015 9.30am- 4.30pm  National Trust Boscastle,  Cornwall
The third of the popular ‘Women in Print’ events, in association with Manchester School of Art and The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, this day long study day seeks to investigate the ways in which women’s contribution to 20th c. popular print culture described and framed ideas about  ‘witchcraft’.

Full Price £30   Student/Speaker rate £15
Inclusive of entrance to the museum and refreshments.


The ‘Women in Print’ events  are an occasional series of  gatherings to discuss  the ways in which women’s creative and intellectual cultural agency is manifest through and framed by popular print culture. At each event a limited edition print run of illustrated CHAPBOOKS by contemporary writers, artists and academics will be available. These were  recently featured on the blog All Things Considered .

The third of the  ‘Women in Print’ events, this study day  seeks to investigate the ways in which women’s contribution to 20th c. popular print culture described and framed ideas about  ‘witchcraft’.

Supported by Manchester School of Art in collaboration with the Museum of British Folklore and the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, the study day will take place at the National Trust building in Boscastle, Cornwall, on Saturday 11th April 2015 from 9.30 am – 4.30pm. Tickets are available online via https://womeninprintnetwork.wordpress.com/

Contributing speakers come from a wide range of disciplines and practices- Literature, Anthropology, Design, Art History and witchcraft itself, the day will offer a diverse and interdisciplinary consideration of the role of print media in shaping our collective understanding of witchcraft.


The day will be split into three sessions, the first discussing ways of  Reading the Witch. Marion Gibson, Professor of Magical and Renaissance Literature at the University of Exeter, will talk about ‘Witchcraft and the Novel 1919- 1929’. Dr. Fiona Hackney, an expert in Design Cultures and Community Engagement from the school Art and Design at Falmouth University, will be talking about ‘the witch as a figure of folkcraft and rural modernity in the fiction of Ruth Manning Sanders’. Katherine Hodgkin will be talking about ‘pagans and demons in the English village’ and the presence of witchcraft in women’s detective fiction.  Dr. Eleanor Byrne from Manchester Metropolitan University will be considering the witch in children’s literature of the 1970’s.

The second session will look at Magical Landscapes Joyce Froome, witchcraft expert and Assistant Curator at the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic will be talking about Dorothy Jacob and her book’ A Witches’ Guide to Gardening’ in relation to ‘sixtiesfeminine folk wickedness’, Author, craftsman and witchcraft historian Steve Patterson will talk about the painter and magician Ithell Colqhoun and ‘the alchemical transformation of Lamorna valley’ bringing his expertise into West Country witchcraft to the subject. The artist/printmaker and independent researcher Carolyn Trant will be talking about Ithell Colqhoun in relation to Aleister Crowley and the Surrealists.


In the final session will look at Histories and collections of witchcraft,  Dr. Helen Cornish will be considering the reputation of the anthropologist Margaret Murray, and her controversial book ‘The God of the Witches’, published in 1931.Illustrator Hayley Potter will explain how her recent residency at the Museum has informed her research into the way women collected and classified magical artefacts. Finally, we are delighted that Dave Chatton- Barker and Ian Humerstone (Folklore Tapes) will talk about their experimental fieldwork and research into Theo Brown and the Folklore of Dartmoor. The day will end with a multimedia, performance from the Folklore tapes. Their blend of analogue technology, folklore and landscape is a suitably magical spectacle to end the day’s proceedings.


There will be refreshments available throughout the day, and the ticket price includes free entrance to the museum and library.

If you have any questions about the event please contact

Desdemona McCannon, Senior Lecturer at Manchester School of Art.



Please buy tickets and register online by following this link



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