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‘Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble’: Witches, Magic and Demons @TheJohnRylands

I have been blogging quite a lot lately about witches and magic books. I wrote on the Renaissance magician John Dee in ‘It’s a kind of Magic’ and offered some critical thoughts on ‘Sexualising the Witch’ in response to recent … Continue reading

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Every Time A Bell Rings an Angel Gets His Wings

I am writing on Hans Andersen in my forthcoming book on shadow play and despite the discourse of suffering and redemption, the stories are full of imagination and sensibility, and are always heart-wrenchingly empathic. Many of the tales have a … Continue reading

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Every Time a Bell Rings an Angel Gets His Wings

I’ve written on Hans Andersen for my forthcoming book on shadow play and despite the discourse of suffering and redemption, the stories are full of imagination and sensibility, and are always heart-wrenchingly empathic. Many of the tales have a dark … Continue reading

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Witches Night Brew for Walpurgisnacht

For Walpurgisnacht, or witches night, a witches rout or selection of dark posts from the archive…..do not leave home without your broomstick! How did I choose me my witchcraft kin? Witches, Gothic Novels and Cosmic Horror  I Saw Three Witches … Continue reading

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America’s first vampire was Black and revolutionary – it’s time to remember him

Article by Sam George, University of Hertfordshire The Black Vampyre is an early literary example of an argument for emancipation of slaves. Thomas Nast/Harper’s Weekly/The Met In April of 1819, a London periodical, the New Monthly Magazine, published The Vampyre: … Continue reading

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Hans Andersen’ s Dark Musings From A Discarded Christmas Tree

I have been reading Hans Andersen’s unsettling account of a Christmas fir tree that feels pain. I was reminded of this story last year when I came across Lars Ostenfeld’s beautifully sad and poignant adaptation of  The Fir Tree (Danish: Grantræet) on the … Continue reading

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Session Speakers and Abstracts

* Click on the arrows to expand author biographies and abstracts of papers 1 Alison Baker (University of East London) Alison Baker is a senior lecturer in education at University of East London. She is writing her PhD thesis entitled … Continue reading

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East of Eden: A Guide to Angels by Dr Sam George

(William Blake (1757-1827), ‘David delivered out of many waters [by angels] with God presiding over’ c.1805) Who and What are Angels? Angels are referred to in Hebrew as mal’ach, in Greek as aggelos, both meaning ‘messenger’. Seraphim, Cherubim and ‘watchers’ … Continue reading

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The Cuckoo in the Nest: Changelings in YA Literature

‘Changelings. The eagerness of FAIRIES to possess themselves of human children is one of the oldest parts of the fairy beliefs and is a specific form of FAIRY THEFT. Mentions of the thefts of babies are to be found in … Continue reading

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Better the Devil You Know: Was the Devil Once Blue and an Angel?

I have always wondered how the devil came to be depicted as red with horns and cloven feet and I once heard that one of the first visual images of the devil depicts him as a blue angel. So did … Continue reading

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