Friday 22 January 2016

Launch Event: Doreen Valiente Witch: Biography

The long-awaited biography of Doreen Valiente by Philip Heselton will be launched at Treadwell's Bookshop, in London, on Friday, February 21, with a morning of talks followed by an afternoon party. The book is called Doreen Valiente: Witch and includes lots of information about  Gerald Gardner's most famous High Priestess, the Mother of Modern Wicca.

The day is split into two parts.

From noon to 2pm, Philip Heselton, John Belham-Payne and Ashley Mortimer will share information about Doreen’s magical approach, magical artefacts and activities during the Second World War. The session ends with a rarely seen 20-minute film called The Life and Times of Doreen, featuring the last footage of her ever taken.

Tickets for the talks session are limited and cost £20 each from here:

Then from 3pm to 6pm there will be a book launch party with snacks and a bar. Guests will be able to get books signed and meet with the author and the trustees of the Doreen Valiente Foundation. There will also be a short talk about exhibitions on witchcraft in Brighton this spring. You can find out more about them here:

Ticket holders for the earlier talks are automatically invited to the launch party. If you just want to attend the party it is free, but you need to reserve a place in advance by emailling

Copies of Doreen Valiente: Witch will be available to by at Treadwell's, 33 Store Street Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS on the day.

I am currently reading an advance copy of the book and will post a review of it at the time of the launch. I'm not allowed to give any spoilers as there is a strict embargo, but I can tell you it is very good indeed.

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