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Contract signed with Cambridge University Press: Magic in Merlin’s Realm

I have just signed a contract with Cambridge University Press to publish my book Magic in Merlin’s Realm: A History of Occult Politics in Britain, which will be a complete … Continue reading

March 1, 2021 · 1 Comment

The ghost of Maude Carew on BBC Radio Suffolk

This afternoon I spoke to James Hazell of BBC Radio Suffolk for my regular ‘Spooky Suffolk’ segment (listen from time signature 2:15:30), which this week focussed on Bury St Edmunds’s … Continue reading

February 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

Supernatural Sutton Hoo on BBC Radio Suffolk

On today’s ‘Spooky Suffolk’ segment on BBC Radio Suffolk I spoke to presenter James Hazell about some of the supernatural associations of Sutton Hoo, which is in the news this … Continue reading

January 28, 2021 · 2 Comments

Suffolk’s abandoned settlements on BBC Radio Suffolk

This afternoon I was once again interviewed by James Hazell for BBC Radio Suffolk’s ‘Spooky Suffolk’ segment, this week focussing on Suffolk’s abandoned settlements. Although Dunwich is the most famous … Continue reading

January 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

History in Prehistory for Wiltshire Museum

This evening I delivered an online talk for Wiltshire Museum on the theme of ‘History in Prehistory: Interpreting the Prehistoric Landscape in Medieval and Early Modern England’, which examined the … Continue reading

January 14, 2021 · Leave a comment

Plough Monday on BBC Radio Suffolk

In today’s ‘Spooky Suffolk’ segment on BBC Radio Suffolk I spoke to James Hazell about Suffolk’s Plough Monday traditions, from cross-dressing to plough blessing and a strange charm involving a … Continue reading

January 7, 2021 · 1 Comment

A Ghost Story for Christmas: ‘There Was A Man Dwelt By A Churchyard’

I recently recorded a dramatic reading of M. R. James’s story ‘There Was A Man Dwelt By A Churchyard’ for the Churches Conservation Trust, as a special online event for … Continue reading

December 24, 2020 · 1 Comment

Christmas Ghosts on BBC History Extra

The talk on Christmas ghost stories I gave to the Churches Conservation Trust on 3 December is now available as part of a BBC History Extra podcast, in which I … Continue reading

December 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

Review: Opening The Box of Delights by Philip W. Errington

Philip W. Errington, Opening the Box of Delights (London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2020), 128pp. I cannot have been old enough to watch the BBC adaptation of John Masefield’s The … Continue reading

December 19, 2020 · 4 Comments

Christmas is cancelled! The Bury St Edmunds Christmas riots of the 1640s

The Christmas of 1644 was a bleak time. England was embroiled in a bitter civil war that had already lasted over two years, with a consequent breakdown of law and … Continue reading

December 16, 2020 · Leave a comment