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The Practical Witch

18 September.10:00 am-5:00 pm

The Practical Witch Workshop
witchcraft workshop at the sir arthur conan doyle centre

Spirituality Workshop

The Practical Witch: History & The Domestic

18/09/2021 10.00 am until 5.00 pm. £50. At The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre.


Double the Toil and Trouble

This two-part 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 the 18th of September, we begin with the ‘History and the Domestic’. 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.


Workshop Breakdown

Practical Witchcraft at the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre

18th September 2021 | Part 1 | Witchcraft History

+ Opening activity: What does witchcraft mean to you?

+ Learning About The European Witchcraft Hysteria:

1. Presentation: Some of the period’s history (with a focus on British history)

2. Activity: Researching the ‘witches’ and discovering who was persecuted.

3. Activity: ‘writing back’ – a creative writing activity.


Practical Witchcraft at the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre

18th September 2021 | Part 2 | Domestic Witchcraft

+ Presentation on the household herbs that the folk of the witchcraft hysteria period would have been familiar with. 

+ Activity: Charm Making.

+Activity: Charm Charging.

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 a 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.


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Please note that this is not an online workshop and will take place at the Centre. We ask that you adhere to any health and safety regulations that we have in place upon entering the Centre.

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18 September
10:00 am-5:00 pm
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