Review: The Witching Hour at Bridewell Theatre
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by Badwitch
6h ago
The Witching Hour is a ghost story about a haunted woodland house. It turns the theme of The Blair Witch Project on its head, showing patriarchal oppression as the real monster. I went to see the play at Bridewell Theatre earlier this week and found it suitably scary. At points I genuinely jumped out of my seat. It has a great set and is well acted, but what I liked most is the way it tackles the theme of witchcraft accusations The setting is Torhill Wood, a remote spot in the English countryside with a history of paranormal sightings and missing persons. Twenty-first century psychologist Eri ..read more
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Magical Online & London Events in the Next Weeks
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by Badwitch
1d ago
Here's a list of events for pagans, witches and those with similar interests. There are online things you can do anywhere plus in-person talks and workshops in or near London, and some conferences and festivals further afield. Now – Saturday 20 July; The Witching Hour theatrical performance. Venue: Bridewell Theatre, 14 Bride Lane, London EC4Y 8EQ.  Time: 7.30pm Monday - Thursday with two shows on Friday and Saturday. Tickets: £22.50-£29.50 https://www.thewitchinghourlive.com/ Now to September; Let Me Be Mad! Absinthe Exhibition. Venue: Viktor Wynd's Museum of Curiosities, 11 Mare ..read more
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It's Official - I'm Writing a New Gothic Novel
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by Badwitch
2d ago
Here's the official announcement that I'm writing a new novel. It's another Gothic tale - this time a ghost story set at Christmas. One of the characters also appears in my first published novel: Erosion, but you won't need to have read that in order to enjoy this story. I started writing the new book a couple of months ago and am now up to chapter 8. I wanted to get at least a quarter of the book finished before announcing it on my blog, just in case I lost momentum. However, I'm pleased with how it's going and hope to have the first draft finished before this Yuletide. Of course I'm us ..read more
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Green London: Smelling Roses at Winsford Gardens
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by Badwitch
3d ago
Here's another green London post about my home patch: Winsford Gardens in SE20. I was walking past the gates on my way to a shop the other day and accepted the invitation to come in and smell the roses. They were, indeed, in perfect bloom and their scent was wonderful. The gardens were once private, but were given to London Borough of Bromley as a public park in the 1970s. An active group of local residents currently manage the gardens and keep them in wonderful shape, as you can see from the photo at the bottom.  There's a lovely rosarium, areas planted with bee-friendly flowers, benche ..read more
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Green London: Bee-Friendly Flowers Beside a Road
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by Badwitch
6d ago
Here's a bee enjoying some red dead-nettle beside a road in my home patch of south-east London. The local council has allowed wasteground below advertising hoardings to grow into a mini-wildflower meadow. I photographed the bee in the picture at the top, and other wildflowers in the picture below, yesterday. I've been blogging about green London over the past year or so. My aim is to point out that the city and suburbs are places where nature thrives as well as where people live and work. I started doing this after having several conversations with pagans who believe  London is all conc ..read more
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Magic of Houseplants for Wellbeing and Creativity
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by Badwitch
1w ago
I'm sure most witches and pagans have long known the benefits of havng plants around our homes. It seems others are catching up with us. New study shows more than half of Britain use houseplants to improve wellbeing.  In fact, it's such a growing trend that a luxury bedroom retailer, Feather and Black, did a study via OnePoll to find out how people like indoor greenery. It found that on average people have 6.5 houseplants in their home, with over a third of the population owning between three and five. One person in 20 has more than 20 plants indoors. What's even more interesting is that ..read more
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Magical Online & London Events in the Next Weeks
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by Badwitch
1w ago
Here's a list of events for pagans, witches and those with similar interests. There are online things you can do anywhere plus in-person talks and workshops in or near London, and some conferences and festivals further afield. Now to 12 July, The Witch Burns. Exhibition by Tin Man Art. Venue: Fitzrovia Chapel, Fitzroy Place, 2 Pearson Square, London W1T 3BF. Time: 11am-6pm, free entry. https://www.tinmanart.com/ Now to 30 July; Seeing Beyond the Veil: Exhibition of Artworks by Clare Ormerod. Venue: The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London, SW7 2EB. Starts: 11am. F ..read more
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Rounding the Year: Hollyhocks With Minds of Their Own
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by Badwitch
1w ago
Hollyhocks are among my favourite flowers of summer. They appear in my garden every year, but have a mind of their own where they want to grow.  The one in the photo self-seeded by the back wall of my house near the kitchen door. I've tried collecting seeds and sowing them in flowerbeds, but they rarely take root there. Instead I find them popping up through cracks in paths. I let them flourish even if it means I have to walk around them. This isn't only because I like them, it's also because the bees love them too.  What's in bloom in your area that you love? Share your seasonal ph ..read more
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Magical Online & London Events in the Next Weeks
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by Badwitch
2w ago
Here's a list of events for pagans, witches and those with similar interests. There are online things you can do anywhere plus in-person talks and workshops in or near London, and some conferences and festivals further afield. Now to 30 July; Seeing Beyond the Veil: Exhibition of Artworks by Clare Ormerod. Venue: The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London, SW7 2EB. Starts: 11am. Free entry. https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/ Now - 12 July; Reclaiming Divinity: Ari Wisner – an Exhibition. Venue: The Atlantis Bookshop, 49A Museum St, London WC1A 1LY. Time: 11am ..read more
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Book Extract: The Magic of the Seal
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by Badwitch
2w ago
Here's a sneak peek into 'The Magic of the Seal - Ocean Messengers' by Melanie Godfrey which will be published by Moon Books on 26th July 2024. On the shoreline where aquamarine waters gently ebb and flow, you will find seals basking on emerald and vermillion seaweed-covered rocks, relaxing amidst the liminality of land and sea. They stay in one place for only a short period of time, as they belong to neither. They rest between solitary foraging pursuits, seeming incredibly lazy, as if they spend all their lives relaxing whilst their silky silver fur glistens in sunlight. But seals are mislea ..read more
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