Witches ...

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BY Julia Thum | 0 Comment(s)

I have been researching witches for my children’s book, The Witches’ Punchbowl, which should come out later this year.

Witches are marvellous material for storytellers, from cartoon Worst Witch type characters through the to real legends of witchcraft and sorcery that have been explored so well by very many great writers.

I’m reading an (adult) novel called The Witch Finder’s Sister. Although fiction, it is set in an era when women really were burned or drowned as witches for something as simple as being ugly, or disfigured or just for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It is very sad and it made me think how lucky many of us are today.

In my novel I have seventeen women wrongly drowned as witches. I have called the main one Bethany but I may change that. If you finish a story then change the name of a character (thank goodness for ‘project replace!’) it can completely alter the way you feel about them. I do this quite often. Have a go yourself, it’s an interesting exercise.

I’m going to come back to you in due course for ideas for names but if anybody would like to start a forum about this I’d be thrilled.

Signing off for now … JT




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