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The Charmed Witch – Toil and Trouble Part 1

June 12, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


The Charmed Witch

Toil and Trouble Part 1

Be charming

Unleash your inner-witch in Day 1 of this two-part witchcraft series, delve into the European Witchcraft Hysteria and learn to make and charge your very own witchy charms

Part One: History and the Domestic

June 12th, 2021



Take some time to settle in to your workshop space and meet your tutors. You’ll also be able order our tea, coffee and lunch package for the day

The Witchcraft Hysteria


Learn about the European Witchcraft Hysteria, with a focus on British witches that paved the way for modern witchcraft

Who was prosecuted?

Do a little digging and find out which “Witches” were prosecuted for their practices 

Writing Back


Your tutors will take you through a creative writing exercise to ‘write back’ to these witches.

Lunch 🥪

Household Herbs


(that the folk of the witchcraft hysteria would have been familiar with, and which you probably have in your kitchen cupboard) and their magical uses

Charm Making


Find out what charms are and make your own to take away!

Charm Charging


Learn how to charge your own charms 


Meet Your Tutors

Dr. Alice Tarbuck
Dr. Alice Tarbuck

Dr Alice Tarbuck is the author of Grid (Sad Press, 2018), and an academic working at the University of Dundee and the Centre for Poetic Innovation. Her work on witchcraft has been featured in 404 Inks Nasty Women, The Dangerous Women Project, Edinburgh Universitys 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.

Dr. Claire Askew
Dr. Claire Askew

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.

The Charmed Witch is Part 1 of a Two Part Witchcraft workshop series. Check out what Part 2 has to offer below.

While both days of the Toil and Trouble Series have been designed to complement each other covering different topics and practices of witchcraft, they can also be attended as unique stand-alone workshops.



June 12, 2021
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


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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Toil and Trouble Part 1
£ 50.00

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