Celebrate Gerald Gardner's 132nd birthday next week. Ashley
Mortimer, Philip Carr Gomm and Tam Campbell will be at Preston Manor to
discuss Gardner's place in modern pagan history, including a reading of
his historic 1955 talk, believed to be the first legal public talk about
witchcraft since the repeal of the 1735 witchcraft act.
Gardner's original Book of Shadows will be on display with artefacts
from the Doreen Valiente collection. Tickets are included in the
price of entry to Preston Manor, although limited spaces are available
for each talk.
Monday, 13 June 2016
Upcoming event - Remembering Gerald Gardner - a day of talks at Preston Manor, Saturday 18th June, 10:30am, Brighton
Saturday, 23 April 2016
|Doreen Valiente's Official Biographer, Philip Heselton and his wife Hilary.|
The proceedings were opened by Ashley Mortimer who has without a doubt worked very hard to get the book into publication, this book is now the centre piece of the Centre For Pagan Studies ever growing publications.
Philip Heselton gave an insightful talk into the life of Doreen Valiente, which included the part about the mystery of Doreen's activities during the Second World War.
Julie Belham-Payne took the floor and spoke for a short while, she called for a short silence to mark the death of her husband, John Belham-Payne, and then after thanks to all those who were involved in the publication of this magnificent book, she called for three cheers for Philip Heselton. A very enthusiastic applause followed.
Then a presentation by Christina Oakley-Harrington, proprietor of Treadwells Bookshop on witches and the media. The slide show was wonderful and it was really informative as well as enjoyable to see many images of sky clad witches, and some who just couldn't go the whole way so wore a necklace as a token gesture!
After that a short film on the life of Doreen which included clips of Doreen actually speaking.
Following on, a reading of "Elegy for a Dead Witch" by Sarah Kay.
Then we were treated to Ginger Wine, cucumber sandwiches (with the crusts cut off), and Battenburg cake - all favourites of Doreen's.
The book can be purchased online from our online store: http://www.shop.doreenvaliente.org/
and all profits support the Doreen Valiente Foundation.
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