True Costs

The university staff currently on strike are not preventing the university from working. We are the university. So when we say we are broken, this means the university is broken. What is wrong? This is an answer for my students, for my colleagues who are not on strike, and for the wider public. It is […]

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Fact… Possibility… Imagination — Creative Histories of Witchcraft

Roy Clark says there are two rules of non-fiction. ‘Do not add. Do not deceive.’ ‘Never put something into your story that hasn’t checked out.’[1] I struggle with this in crimes of extravagant fear Like the attack on Jacques M, by his neighbour Joseph A, who thought him a witch I think. Let’s begin […]

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The Laws of Subtraction

Guides to writing often contain conflicting advice, but there are a few ideas that have attained the status of orthodoxy.  Where novelists are told show don’t tell, academics or non-fiction writers are often advised to use detail to convey complex ideas. Although the genres of writing are very different, many writing handbooks mine similar veins. And […]

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Staging History: Call for Contributions

Originally posted on Creative Histories of Witchcraft:
A one-day workshop at the University of Bristol 26th April 2019 ? This one-day workshop addresses collaborations between academic history, heritage, and theatre. Such collaborations have been of obvious interest to heritage organizations, as a way of communicating the past to diverse publics. Theatre performances have also become a well-established…

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