Corinne Boyer is a folk herbalist, teacher, and writer with a passion for traditions surrounding plants and folk magic. She has been studying and working with plants since 1998. Corinne has taught community herb classes since 2005 and teaches weekly classes out of her home with a focus on wild crafting, medicine making, plant lore, folk medicine and magic. She is most inspired by the ‘old ways’ of the village rustic, which included not only physical medicine but also magical medicine and a deep connection to the spirit world. Her first book is Under the Witching Tree, published by Troy Books. She is currently working on numerous writing projects that involve plants and folk magic. She lives with her family in the forest of the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
|Visit her website for more information at www.maplemistwood.com|
|Corinnes first bookk with Troy Books:|
|Under the Witching Tree - Corinne Boyer|
Gemma Gary is an artist and writer based in the South-West of England. Her work primarily focuses upon the rites and verbal, inscribed and physical charms of operative folk magic and witchcraft.
Gemma’s published works include Traditional Witchcraft – A Cornish Book of Ways; a very personal expression of contemporary witchcraft practice in Cornwall, drawing upon Cornish magical heritage and folklore, in addition to the ways of modern traditional witchcraft:
'As Gemma Gary says in her new preface, there is no 'set in stone' organised witch tradition in Cornwall and folk magic practices have always been unique to their individual practitioners. However in this excellent book she has managed to expertly draw together a workable new tradition from historical sources and the surviving rites, charms and folk customs of Cornwall and the West Country.' Michael Howard – The Cauldron
The Black Toad, Gemma’s second book for Troy Books, is an exploration of potent magical practices from the far South-West (Devon and Cornwall), as employed in previous centuries as well as in more recent times.
Traditional Witchcraft - TWPT Talks to Gemma Gary
Interview with a Cornish Witch
Graham King is the former owner and curator of the Museum of Witchcraft in Boscastle, Cornwall, most famous perhaps for its central place within the modern witchcraft revival, via its origins with Cecil Williamson on the Isle of Man and the involvement of Gerald Gardner.
From a young age Graham has held a keen interest in traditional folk music and dances as well as folk magic.
During a walk in the English countryside (one of his favourite activities) in 1996, he encountered and was made welcome by a group of travelling folk gathering to celebrate the ancient Tan Hill Fair. It was this encounter that set in motion Graham’s decision to leave behind the corporate lifestyle, leading to his purchase of the Museum of Witchcraft from Cecil Williamson.
Graham made the 200 mile journey on foot to Boscastle, where at midnight on the 31st October that same year, the purchase was finalised. Graham and his team went on to develop The Museum of Witchcraft into one of Cornwall’s most popular museums.
Serving 10 years as an auxiliary Coastguard, it was Graham who raised he alert when the 2004 flood struck Boscastle leading to the incredible rescue operation which saved hundreds of lives; a role for which he was awarded the Chief Coastguard Commendation.
On the 31st of October 2013, Graham retired as Director of the Museum and appointed Simon Costin, founder of The Museum of British Folklore, as the new Director. Graham generously donated the museum’s entire collection and its massive research library and archive to the Museum of British Folklore, securing the future of The Museum of Witchcraft.
Troy Books is delighted to be publishing Graham’s first book – ‘The British Book of Spells & Charms’ which explores the wealth of traditional spells and charms of Britain’s folk-magical tradition, including those for good fortune, love, the healing of people and animals, curses and their removal, and acts of magic contained within traditional folk songs.
In writing this book, Graham has been ideally placed to draw upon examples and parallels within The Museum of Witchcraft’s collection and archives.The text of ‘The British Book of Spells & Charms’ is complemented by numerous illustrations and photographs, drawing mainly from the museum’s fascinating collection of magical artefacts, and is Troy Books’ first title to be printed in full colour throughout.
The British Book of Charms & Spells - A Compilation of Traditional Folk Magic
Graham talks about his new book in the video below.
Steve Patterson is a writer, Folklorist, Woodcarver and agricultural labourer. He lives and works with his dog in an old quarry in West Cornwall. He has been a student of folklore and the occult for as long as he can remember. Since the mid 1990s Steve has been an active supporter of the Museum of Witchcraft in Boscastle, and has regularly given workshops and talks on the subject.
|Steve Pattersons first book with Troy is now avialable
Cecil Williamson's Book of Witchcraft - A Grimoire of the Museum of Witchcraft
|Steve talks about his book in the video below.|
Nigel Pearson was born and brought up in Suffolk, England, where he still lives and works, having a great love for the East Anglian countryside and never having felt the need to leave it. He has spent most of his life studying the myths, legends and magic of various cultures, but mostly the native lore of the British Isles. He has been a practising Traditional Witch for over 35 years and has the bruises to prove it. He jointly owns and runs Sacred Earth, a healing and esoteric supply business, with his husband Anthony Pearson-Moorhouse, helped by their two dogs, Bilbo and Bramble, who mostly just get in the way. In the past he has worked for an Insurance broking company, the N.H.S. and also British Telecom, but now much prefers the “quiet life”. Many years ago he did leave East Anglia briefly to study for a degree in the Humanities, but had far too much fun being a student, so passed on the actual degree; he does, however, possess Practitioner Diplomas in Advanced Herbal Medicine and Homoeopathy – which he sometimes uses.
'The Devil’s Plantation; East Anglian Lore, Witchcraft and Folk-Magic', is his first book for Troy Books, based on his knowledge of and love for the lore and magic of his native region. His other works include, 'Treading the Mill - Practical Craft Working in Modern Traditional Witchcraft' and 'Walking the Tides - Seasonal Rhythms and Traditional Lore in Natural Craft', both published by Capall Bann. He is also a contributor to the anthology, 'The Museum of Witchcraft - A Magical History', celebrating 60 years of its existence.
|Nigel Pearson's first book with Troy is now avialable:
'The Devil’s Plantation; East Anglian Lore, Witchcraft and Folk-Magic'
SIMON REED FRSA
Simon Reed lives in Penzance, Cornwall where he is a leading campaigner for Cornish native culture. He has been a central and key figure in the revival of traditional Cornish customs and festivals in the Penwith region, notably the hugely successful Montol festival – the Cornish celebration of Midwinter in Penzance and the May Horns festival which has been re-established as annual event. He is also the organiser of other smaller cultural events on a regular basis.
He has served in West Cornwall as Town and District Councillor for over 10 years. He was Deputy Mayor of Penzance in 2002 and was Town Mayor twice 2003-2005.
Behind Simon’s work is a deep passion for Cornish custom and community tradition, he also performs regularly as a folk musician.
His first book, ‘The Cornish Traditional Year’ is a valuable resource for people with an interest in regional traditional customs and festivals. Simon hopes that readers outside Cornwall will be inspired to become involved in the revival of these vital community celebrations in their own areas.
In addition to the better known Cornish festivals, such as Helston’s ‘Flora Day’ and the Padstow ‘Obby ‘Oss, Simon guides the reader through the numerous lesser known, and sometimes bizarre feasts and festivals of the Cornish Traditional year.
|Books by Simon Reed:
The Cornish Traditional Year
Wassailing - The British Midwinter Blessing Custom
Cheryl Straffon is Cornish, and, after graduating from London & Cambridge universities with degrees in English and Comparitive Religious Studies, lived and worked for a while in Scotland and England before returning to Cornwall 30 years ago. She is the author of a number of books on prehistoric Cornwall and on the Goddess. These include Pagan Cornwall: land of the Goddess; Fentynyow Kernow (holy wells); Megalithic Mysteries of Cornwall; The Earth Goddess; and Daughters of the Earth. She is also editor of the long-running pagan-orientated earth mysteries magazine Meyn Mamvro, and founder and editor of the magazine Goddess Alive! She chairs the Cornish Ancient Sites Protection Network environmental group, and is Project Manager for LAN (Lizard Ancient Sites Network). Although now "retired", she actively continues to research archaeology, mythology, folklore and legend from her home in West Penwith that she shares with her lifelong partner.
To contact Cheryl, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cheryls first book with Troy is now available:
BETWEEN THE REALMS
It is an exploration of the Celtic Otherworld as discovered through the writings of the folklorist collectors, oral tradition, and explorations of the prehistoric sacred landscape. Click here for more details.
Giles Watson was born in Southampton, but emigrated to Australia with his parents at the age of one, and lived there for the next twenty-five years, before returning to Britain to live successively in Durham, Buckinghamshire and the Isles of Scilly. He has been writing poetry and taking photographs for as long as he can remember, and has more recently experimented with painting and film, in order to indulge his fascination with the relationship between text and image. Giles also writes prose essays on natural history and mediaeval visual culture, is an avid walker and amateur naturalist, and has a keen interest in folklore, art and theatre. As a secondary school teacher, he has taught English, History, Drama, Sociology and Film. He lives in rural Oxfordshire, inspired by his partner Jeannie, and by the ancient and natural history of the region.
|Giles’ first book with Troy; A Witch’s Natural History, is now available|
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