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Cursed Britain: A History of Witchcraft and Black Magic in Modern Times

Thomas Waters presents the fascinating but largely unknown history of witchcraft and magic in modern times.

Thu, 19 Sep 2019
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Nottingham Mechanics Institute
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NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE: Now Nottingham Mechanics Institute, Sherwood Street, Nottingham.

To celebrate the release of his new book Cursed Britain, historian Thomas Waters presents the fascinating but largely unknown history of witchcraft and magic in modern times.

This evocative, interactive talk will explore the many styles and types of magic that have thrived in Britain since the early 1800s. From cunning-men and wise-women to Scottish warlocks, Welsh cursing wells, Roma fortune-tellers, shapeshifting witches and numerous other spiritual healers, it’s a diverse and amazing topic.

Tom has spent the best part of the last decade busily researching the modern history of witchcraft and magic. He’s enthralled by everything mystical, but is particularly interested in the experiences of people who believe they’re cursed, as well as the individuals who are deemed responsible, and the spiritual healers who provide aid in times of great crisis.

The secretive but extraordinary story of witchcraft in modern times stretches from the rural world of Georgian Britain, through the territories of the British Empire, to the multicultural present day. Tom will be telling some spellbinding stories and, for magical practitioners amongst you, giving tips about how you could use historic witchcraft in your own spells. Believer, sceptic or not sure: all are welcome and discussion is encouraged.

Tickets: £4 redeemable against book purchase

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