geekery, Personal, writing

Winter’s Words at Words in Winter

There will be a live screenplay reading of my work Oasis at the Words in Winter festival this year. This is a time-hopping sci-fi drama set on the Nullarbor plain. For lovers of science fiction and fantasy television series such as Firefly and Doctor Who. Tickets: $5 at the door. Please note that the script… Continue reading Winter’s Words at Words in Winter

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Pagan Community, Paganism

Generations

As two of my favourite writers have recently pointed out, there seems to be a whole other generation of witches on Instagram. These digitally native, aesthetically driven, spooky young witch-folk practice a kind of Craft that is almost unrecognisable to me, and probably for you, too. And it's a weird feeling. Young'uns These instagrammers are… Continue reading Generations

folklore

Researchers document evidence of folk magic in colonial Australia

AUSTRALIA – For many, it has long been thought that there was little or no practice of witchcraft and folk magic during Australia’s colonial period. But a number of researchers across the country are uncovering more and more evidence that convicts and free settlers from Europe brought a number of their superstitions – particularly apotropaic… Continue reading Researchers document evidence of folk magic in colonial Australia

books and reading

Australian author Jane Meredith releases sixth book, ‘Aspecting the Goddess’

NEW SOUTH WALES — Australian author and ritualist Jane Meredith launched her sixth book Aspecting the Goddess: Drawing down the divine feminine last month. Sharing the similar format – combined workbook, memoir and anthology- as some of Meredith’s earlier works, Aspecting the Goddess explores twelve different goddess myths including Freyja, Eve, Persephone and Blodeuwedd. “Aspecting… Continue reading Australian author Jane Meredith releases sixth book, ‘Aspecting the Goddess’

writing

Poet Fleassy Malay’s ‘Witches’ poem inspires women

In the past they burned us, because they thought we were witches. Just because we knew what to do with herbs outside of the kitchen. Because we knew how to dance, seduce, pray. Because we moved with the cycles of the moon. That’s the beginning of poet Fleassy Malay’s Witches, which has been shared and… Continue reading Poet Fleassy Malay’s ‘Witches’ poem inspires women

Pagan Community, Paganism

Druids Down Under organise a national gathering for 2018

This month I moved from my usual columnist role into that of news journalist over on The Wild Hunt. Here is my very first offering: SYDNEY — Australian eclectic Druid group Druids Down Under is set to host its first national event in the Pennant Hills this weekend. The gathering will include workshops, musical performances,… Continue reading Druids Down Under organise a national gathering for 2018

Pagan Community, Paganism, writing

Paganism in the Top End

Australia’s Northern Territory (sometimes just called “the NT” or “the top end”) is the country’s third-largest federal division, covering over 520,902 square miles (1,349,129 square kilometres). This vast space is made up of rugged coastline, a national park spanning around 12,000 square miles (20,000 square kilometres) and larger settlements in the north; the south has smaller settlements,… Continue reading Paganism in the Top End