Author and historical consultant on witchcraft and magic

BBC Radio 4 Start the Week “Power, Violence and Witches”

Nov 26, 2023 | Audio

Theatre director Zinnie Harris, academic Marion Gibson and film-maker Jo Ingabire Moys discuss power, superstition and witches with Kirsty Wark.

Recent Blog Posts

Cecily, by Annie Garthwaite

The claim that Cecily is “Wolf Hall for the 2020s” is a big one. The best and rarest thing about Hilary Mantel’s novels telling the story of Thomas Cromwell and his world was their immersive detail. Mantel combined the precision of meticulous research with the...

What She’s Having: Stories of Women and Food, by Dear Damsels

Themed anthologies can feel like a gamble for the reader. Some recycle random literary bric-a-brac – old, quirky or famous, perhaps, although reading like a scrapbook of clippings. But the Dear Damsels collective have a wiser approach, looking forward to new writing...

Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch, by Rivka Galchen

Written from the viewpoint of Katharina Kepler, “seventy-some” years old and accused of witchcraft in seventeenth-century Germany, Rivka Galchen’s 2021 novel is a surprise because it’s often very funny. That’s because Katharina is a spiky, blunt narrator, endearingly...

“One Meggs a Baker” – a male “witch”

On page 6 of his The Discovery of Witches (1647) the young English witchfinder Matthew Hopkins sneeringly recounts an anecdote about a Norfolk baker named Meggs. He’s using this man as an illustration of the behaviour of some of the people drawn into the 1645-7 witch...

Birdcage Walk, by Helen Dunmore

Birdcage Walk is set in Bristol, England during the French Revolution. Then as now, Bristol was home to lively debate about the rights and wrongs of political life. In the 1780s-1790s there was a particular focus on the rights of women to hold property, access...

Fall of a Sparrow, by Sam Benady and Mary Chiappe

Historical fiction is a varied genre. There are novels in which characters from the 1600s twitter gratingly in twenty-first century cliches. There are novels that monologue worthily through true-but-dull facts and where every sentence needs a footnote. And then there...

Marion’s Latest Book

The Witches of St. Osyth: Persecution, Murder and Betrayal in Elizabethan England

The Witches of St. Osyth: Persecution, Murder and Betrayal in Elizabethan England

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(Cambridge University Press, 2022)
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