Friday 13 May 2022

Photos: Ronald Hutton's Queens of the Wild Launch Party

Jane Mortimer sent me the picture above, of herself with Jason Mankey and Thorn Mooney, at the launch party for Professor Ronald Hutton's latest book, Queens of the Wild, on Tuesday evening. The eminent historian was in person at Treadwell's bookshop in London for drinks, a social, signings and a lecture on goddess-like folklore figures. The event was livestreamed as well. I watched it online and found the talk absolutely fascinating, but Jane was there in person and afterwards told me:

"I'm still coming down from a brilliant evening at Treadwell's. I couldn't believe it when I saw Jason Mankey's name on the list. He'd come across the Pond with his wife Ari, along with Thorn Mooney, especially for Ronald's talk.  The talk was great wasn't it.  e mingled afterwards and I managed to have chats with both Jason and Thorn. They're so friendly and approachable, and were happy to be photographed.
"Sadly I didn't get a photo of Ronald Hutton before he was hustled up the 'back stairs' to make a getaway in time to catch his train back to Bristol, but he signed my book (see left pic), with a nice reference to growing up in Barkingside. We grew up literally one block apart.
"I can't believe I was mixing with such luminaries from across the globe - a once in a lifetime event."

I aim to pick up a copy of Queens of the Wild at Treadwells when I'm next there. You can find the shop at 33 Store St, London WC1E 7BS, UK or order online at

Photo credit: The photo at the top was taken by Gwion Raven on behalf of Jane Mortimer. Jane took the photo at the bottom.

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Jane said...

Still coming down. It was a great night!

Badwitch said...

Jane - it does sound great! Thank you for sharing about it!

Jane said...

Ooops! Just looked at Atlantis Bookshop's Friday Favourites e-mail, and spotted the chap who took the photo in today's blog. It was Gwion Raven, and I didn't realise because I've never seen a photo of him. He took the photo, not yours truly. More witchy royalty!

Badwitch said...

Thanks, I'll edit the post. I guess you asked him to take the photo and he took it with your phone or camera