One of the most important fixtures in the Litfest calendar, Schools’ Day seeks to inspire the island’s youngsters with a love of reading and writing. A team of authors, poets, illustrators and storytellers—both local and visiting—will visit primary and secondary schools throughout the day, delivering readings, workshops, talks and performances.
John Callow is an author, historian and trade unionist. He has written widely on Early Modern witchcraft, politics and popular culture. His books include Witchcraft & Magic in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Europe (co-authored with Professor Geoffrey Scarre), James II: King in Exile and Embracing the Darkness: A Cultural History of Witchcraft. He has appeared on the BBC’s The One Show to discuss the roots of Hallowe’en; on the BBC Radio 4 documentary, It Must Be Witchcraft; Find My Past’s The Great Fire of London, and the Discovery Channel’s four-part series, The Salem Witches.
John will be talking about Gerald Gardner and the specifically Manx setting of the modern witchcraft revival.
Catriona Ward was born in Washington, DC, and grew up in the United States, Kenya, Madagascar, Yemen, and Morocco. She studied English at the University of Oxford, and later, completed a Creative Writing Masters at the University of East Anglia. Ward won the August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel for her debut, The Girl from Rawblood, and again for Little Eve, making her the first woman to win the prize twice. Ward is the internationally bestselling author of The Last House on Needless Street and Sundial.