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Not since Joe McCarthy’s America in the 1950’s, has the term ‘witch hunt’ been so common. Then it was communists. Now, enabled and amplified by social media, any individual or group outwith a prevailing orthodoxy is vulnerable. A potential target or a victim. While those in power – political figures, challenged or exposed through legitimate scrutiny – use the term to claim persecution and injustice.
The consequences today are less extreme, of course. Here at least no one is being tortured and burned at the stake. Not literally anyway. But they are not trivial: Alienation, fear, stress, panic, mental illness, loss of livelihood, even suicide.
It is a phenomenon that is literal and metaphorical. Evoking religion and the supernatural, the psychic and the psychological. Simultaneously mediaeval and modern. By looking back, we can consider if we have changed as much as we think we have.
Head of Visual Arts & Literature at An Lanntair
Thanks to Creative Scotland, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar for support with this year’s programme.
Wed 2 Nov
2pm – The Crucible
5pm – The Brahan Seer – The Story of Scotland’s Nostradamus: Douglas Thompson
7pm – Stornoway Writers’ Circle on Witchcraft and Superstition
8pm – Nosferatu Centenary Screening: Peter Urpeth
Fri 4 Nov
2pm – A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
5pm – The Tick & the Tock of the Crocodile Clock: Kenny Boyle
7pm – The Fear and Loathing of Witches: Malcolm Gaskill
8.30pm – The Book of Phobias and Manias: A History of the World in 99 Obsessions: Kate Summerscale
10pm – Scratch Night
Sat 5 Nov
10am – Buisneachd – Witchcraft: Margaret Bennett, Catriona Murray, John ‘Rusty’ MacDonald
12pm – We Are All Witches: Mairi Kidd
2pm – Jill Smith The Gypsy Switch and other Ritual Journeys
3.30pm – Häxan: Witchcraft through the Ages
5.30pm – Free Solo
8pm – Time on Rock: Anna Fleming
Na Boireannaich: The Women – Danielle MacLeod and Alice MacMillan
Sat 5 Nov – The Queen of the Birds: with illustrator Kate Leiper
10am – 11:30am Tarbert Community Library
2pm – 3.30pm Stornoway Town Hall
Fri 4 Nov – Mar a Chuala Mise e by Mairi Kidd (Suitable for GM4 to 7 – afternoon visit available to one school)
Mon 7 Nov / Tues 8 Nov – Blàr Mòr na Fighe by Marie C MacAulay (Suitable for GM1 to 3 – morning or afternoon visits available in your school )
Tue 8 Nov – The Rewilders by Lindsay Littleson (Suitable for P4 to P7 – An Lanntair and Tarbert Community Centre)
Wed 9 Nov – Inch and Grub by Alastair Chisholm (Suitable for P1 to P3 – An Lanntair and Tarbert Community Centre)
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