We are delighted to announce that our keynote speaker at this year’s conference will be the award-winning Kathy Jones. Kathy Jones is a Priestess of Avalon, Priestess of Goddess. She is Founder, Creative Director & Temple Weaver of Glastonbury Goddess Temple, Goddess Hall and Goddess House. She is Founder of Glastonbury Goddess Conference and is the Motherworld Initiator. She is also the author of many acclaimed Goddess books. Earlier this year, Kathy was given the 2018 Demeter Award for Leadership in Women’s Spirituality, a prestigious award previously given to Margot Adler, Jean Shinoda Bolen, and Dr Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum. Kathy will be bringing us a talk on ‘Bringing Goddess Alive in the World’, as well as leading a workshop on ‘Exploring the Sacred Wheel of Avalon’. We are incredibly privileged to have her.
Joining her on the line-up will be the amazing Josephine McCarthy the highly acclaimed esoteric author of more than thirty books and the Director of Quareia; the highly acclaimed 21st century school of mystical magic and western esoteric mysteries. Josephine will be bringing us an indepth talk on ‘Magic: core principles for effective and coherent practice’ alongside a workshop on ‘Powers, places and beings’, both of which are not to be missed!
We have also booked fabulous Druid author, blogger and Bard Nimue Brown, who was recently named in the top twenty most influential Pagan bloggers worldwide. Nimue will be speaking on ‘Druidic magic and engaging with nature’ as well as leading an essential workshop on ‘Paganism and Self-care’. Something we are really looking forward to.
Joining them on the programme will be long-time conference favourite Dr Jenny Blain, acclaimed author of several books including “Wights and Ancestors” and "Nine Worlds of Seid-Magic”. Jenny will be back by popular demand and giving a talk and workshop on ‘Heathenry and Seidr Magic’
We also have classicist and philosopher Dr Robert Plimer. He is the author of several books on a alchemical, hermetic and occult subjects, and the creative force behind Courtyard Publishing. He will be here giving us a talk and practical workshop on ‘Greco Egyptian Magic’.
Joining them will be the wonderful Dr Lizanne Henderson, leading expert on ‘Scottish Fairy Belief’, who will be with us speaking on that very subject. Dr Henderson was booked for last year’s event, but had to pull out at the last minute, so we are delighted she can return this year.
We have also booked the awesome Geo Cameron who is fresh from her front-page appearance in Pagan Dawn to give a talk and workshop on Celtic Shamanism entitled ‘Tuatha De Danu’.
Also joining them will be Scott Richardson-Read from Cailleach's Herbarium to give us a talk on ‘Scottish Folk Magic and the dead’. Scott is the founder and organiser of the Scottish folk magic conference “Dreaming Bread and Skyrie Stanes” which sold-out last year, so for those who missed seeing him in action at that amazing event, we are delighted to have him on board.
On top of all this we have a Dedicated Workshop Room running through the day, with one of the highlights being a Bronze Age Mead making workshop hosted by The Rookery. Those who tasted their award-winning craft mead at last year’s conference will be delighted by the prospect!
For our Evening Entertainment we have not one, but two headline acts to enchant you!
We’ll be kicking off with a live music, song and spoken word set from The Taibhsear Collective (Amanda Edmiston, Debbie Armour and Scott Richardson-Read) who will be performing a selection from the album ‘Tales of the Taibhsear: Stories of Scottish Folk Magic’, a piece of work specially created to bring back some of the old Scottish folk magic traditions encoded into story and song. Their album is based on traditional Gaelic charms and Ranns and information from 17th century witch trials and old manuscripts. These sources have been artfully woven together to provide the listener with a journey through Scottish folk magic. Profits from the sale of the album go toward protecting sacred springs, wells and other sites in Scotland.
Next up we’ll have the 'Witches of Pollok' stage show! Be prepared for a mixture of dramatic retellings, illusion, mischief, magic, divination, and audience participation. In the 17th century, the Witches of Pollok were burned at stake. Get ready to witness enthralling performances and practical demonstrations which will whisk you back to the era when fear of witchcraft gripped the nation! Dare you step through the mist of the cauldron of time? This show normally sells out within hours of the tickets going on sale, with showings selling out six months in advance, so we’re bringing the show to us for a special one-off performance in the Scottish capital!
As you may be aware last year’s Conference sold out on the door, and with much more planned this year alongside all the advanced interest we’re receiving ahead of this year we may even sell out beforehand, so please buy in tickets advance if you wish to guarantee a place!
We also have many more speakers and workshops to be announced, so watch this space!