Witches and Wicked Bodies Exhibition

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(I’m back!)

From the National Galleries Scotland (link when you click on the picture)

Delve into the world of Witches and Wicked Bodies in this major new exhibition.

Discover how witches and witchcraft have been depicted by artists over the past 500 years, including works by Albrecht Dürer, Francisco de Goya and William Blake, plus pieces by 20th century artists such as Paula Rego and Kiki Smith.

Through 16th and 17th century prints and drawings, learn how the advent of the printing press allowed artists and writers to share ideas, myths and fears about witches from country to country.

Including major works on loan from the British Museum, the National Gallery (London), Tate, the Victoria & Albert Museum, as well as works from the Galleries’ own collections, Witches and Wicked Bodies will be an investigation of extremes, exploring the highly exaggerated ways in which witches have been represented, from hideous hags to beautiful seductresses.

‘Breathtaking’ Metro

‘Spellbinding’ The Scotsman

Part of the Edinburgh Art Festival

Image: After Henry Fuseli, mezzotint by John Raphael Smith, The Weird Sisters, 1785 © The Trustees of the British Museum


Scottish International Storytelling Festival

From the Scottish Storytelling Centre website :

“Folktales are a universe of dream, humour, fantasy, fear and wisdom. They power ancient cultures and new media alike. Their fascination remains because they touch our humanity in places that reason fails to plumb or language cannot always fathom.

WaterplantWhere better to experience this art than in Scotland, the ancient home of storytelling, and of Celtic hospitality. Sit at the hearth of stories and be transported into other worlds. The 2012 Scottish International Storytelling Festival celebrates the art and humanity of folktales across Europe, tracing the way in which the publication of the Brothers Grimm Tales 200 years ago, sparked a revival of interest in nations and regions across the continent and influenced every artform. Today storytelling itself is once again flourishing across Europe and the Festival offers an unrivalled opportunity to hear the best of the wordspinners to meet storytellers from Scottish and European traditions to participate in workshops and international networking, and if you wish, to travel on to regions of Scotland where traditional arts continue to thrive.”

You can find the whole programme here.

“Authors to celebrate 200th anniversary of Grimms’ tales”

Starting this week on BBC Radio 3 ‘In tune’ programme, Carol Ann Duffy, Philip Pullman, John Agard, Sir Terry Pratchett, and Michael Morpurgo will discuss the influence of “Grimms’ Fairy Tales” on their work.

Read more: here.

On Monday, Philip Pullman read an abstract from one of his new tales, “The Three Snake Leaves”, which appears in his upcoming book book Grimm Tales: For Young And For Old. It is available here for a week. (the interview starts around 1:00:00)