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The Practical Witch

12 June.10:00 am-5:00 pm

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witchcraft workshop at the sir arthur conan doyle centre

Spirituality Workshop

The Practical Witch

12/06/2021 and 19/06/2021. 10.00am until 5.00pm. £100.


Double the Toil and Trouble

This 2-day workshop offers a full practical education in witchery. Immerse yourself in the history of witchcraft. Learn the stories of those who came before you. Embark on a journey of self-discovery, empowerment and magic. Share your experience with an intrepid group of explorers. Your new soul sisters and brothers. Unlock the secrets of Mother Earth and the magic she holds within.

What to Expect on this Workshop

There’s much to be done over the course of this workshop. On day one you will focus on unleashing your charming side. Learn about the European Witchcraft Hysteria, with a focus on British witches that paved the way for modern witchcraft. Then, do a little digging and find out which “Witches” were prosecuted for their practices . This is followed by a creative writing exercise where your tutors will help you ‘write back’ to these witches. Finally, you’ll learn about the household herbs witches used to use to make charms. You will make your own charm and learn how to charge it before taking it home with you.
The second day is focused on being practical. You will first learn how to build your personal altar. Then discover how to use your new witchcraft skills and knowledge to craft spells and sigils. Finally, practice your anagogic interpreting and walk away with your very own spell pouch.

About Dr Alice Tarbuck

Dr Alice Tarbuck is the author of Grid (Sad Press, 2018), and A Spell in the Wild : A Year (and six centuries) of Magic (Two Roads, 2020), and an academic working at the University of Dundee and the Centre for Poetic Innovation. Her work on witchcraft has been featured in 404 Ink’s Nasty Women, The Dangerous Women Project, Edinburgh University’s Uncanny Bodies project and the Fiction and Feeling project. She has been invited to speak on witchcraft as feminist practice by Scottish PEN and is currently planning a longer work on witchcraft and contemporary practice. Additionally, she has taught workshops for the National Library of Scotland, the Scottish Poetry Library and further afield. When she was born, a white wizard came to her house to bless her, and this, she suspects, is where the trouble started.


About Dr Claire Askew

Dr Claire Askew is an award-winning author based in Edinburgh. Her poetry and other writings regularly foreground the true stories of real, historical women accused of witchcraft.  She also writes regularly about the life of her likely ancestor Anne Askew, who was burned at the stake as a heretic in 1546.  Her poems about the lives of witches have appeared in the anthologies That Which We Do Not Understand: 20 Years of Amelia’s Magazine; Lanterne Rouge: The Last and The Dangerous Women Project, among others, and will be collected in the book How to burn a woman, forthcoming from Bloodaxe Books in 2021.  Claire is also the author of the poetry collection This Changes Things (Bloodaxe, 2016), and the novels All The Hidden Truths (2018), What You Pay For (2019) and Cover Your Tracks (2020), all from Hodder & Stoughton.



12 June
10:00 am-5:00 pm
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The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre
25 Palmerston Place
Edinburgh, EH12 5AP United Kingdom


The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre
0131 625 0700


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The Practical Witch 12/06/21
£ 50.00
The Practical Witch 19/06/21
£ 50.00

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