Tag Archives: botany

Events: Alice in science, Flower Fairies

1. Through the Wonderglass: Alice in Science and Medicine, in the Victorian Age and Beyond On line via Zoom, 12 August 2023, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT (11AM Pacific/ 2PM Eastern/ 7PM UK) This talk will take you on … Continue reading

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Breaking Through to Faery

Thank you to everyone who attended our Breaking Through to Faery: Re-enchantment and the Gothic Folklore of Fungi event on 19th November. We had 177 bookings and the event sold out after just a few days of the tickets being released! … Continue reading

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Online Talk: Dr Sam George, Dark Folklore: A Journey into the Botanical Gothic, 19 October 2021

Inspired by the eighteenth-century botanist Tournefort, who voyaged in search of plants and found instead a plague of vampires on the island of Mykonos (1702), Sam George’s botanical studies have taken a gothic turn. Following the publication of Botany, Sexuality and … Continue reading

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CFA: Speculative Vegetation: Plants in Science Fiction

Call for article for a collection edited by Katherine E. Bishop, Jerry Määttä, and David Higgins, Speculative Vegetation: Plants in Science Fiction (deadline 30 April 2017): This volume will be the first to investigate the importance of plants in science … Continue reading

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Monstrous Blooms: The Amazing Corpse Lily

It is not often that the two strands of my research, botany and the undead, come together and I get very, very excited when they do (it is even less frequent that botany makes front page news).  Enter the Corpse … Continue reading

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Gothic Blooms: The Dark Sunflower

Following my post on Bloody and Monstrous Flowers. I thought I would picture my gothic sunflower. I have grown black tulips in the past but this is much more beautiful and surprising. I have commented on flowers that are thought … Continue reading

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Bloody and Monstrous Flowers: These Tulips Should Be Behind Bars

There has been a lot of discussion about Poppies recently in relation to remembrance. I was outed as a botanist by a  journalist in The Independent  at the OGOM Company of Wolves conference because of my earlier work Botany, Sexuality … Continue reading

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How Did I Choose Me My Witchcraft Kin? My Past and Future in Witches

‘My Nannie says I’m a child of sin. How did I choose me my witchcraft kin?’ (Waterhouse, ‘The Magic Circle’, 1886, thanks to Janette for this) I found myself in the north of England at the weekend for the Gothic … Continue reading

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What do botany and vampirism have in common?

Literature and science is a field that has always interested me and Professor Martin Willis has just published Literature and Science: Reader’s Guide to Essential Criticism. This will be of interest to Company of Wolves delegates as it has a … Continue reading

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