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The Charge of the Goddess

An expanded paperback edition of The Charge Of The Goddess, a book of poetry by Doreen Valiente, with previously unpublished poems, is due for release in April, 2014 to coincide with A Day For Patricia Crowther, but is available now for pre-order from the Doreen Valiente Foundation.

Doreen Valiente The Charge of the Goddess expanded edition

“Doreen Valiente, hailed as the ‘Mother of Modern Witchcraft’, is one of the most influential figures in 20th century contemporary religion and spirituality. A prolific poet throughout her life, her most famous and many previously unknown poems are published here in this special posthumous volume named after her best known work: The Charge Of The Goddess. This 2014 expanded edition features over 80 poems including all of the poems from the previous book of the same title plus many more previously unpublished poems.

Whilst the book will appeal to those interested in Doreen’s spiritual and religious themes, the poetry embraces diverse and broader themes from seasonal insights to humourous retellings which the custodians of her legacy are proud to present here along with some of her better known pieces such as ‘The Witches Chant’ and ‘The Charge Of The Goddess’.”

A Day for Patricia Crowther at The Belgrave Rooms on Sun Apr 6th, 2014 in Nottingham

A Day for Patricia Crowther is a conference at The Belgrave Rooms on Sunday April 6th, 2014 in Nottingham, offered by the Centre for Pagan Studies and the Doreen Valiente Foundation [HT Sorita d’Este].

A Day for Patricia Crowther conference 2014

“A Witchcraft Conference in honour of PATRICIA CROWTHER, Sunday 6th April 2014, 10am-6pm, The Belgrave Rooms (Masonic Hall), Nottingham, with talks by: Vivianne & Chris Crowley, Rufus & Melissa Harrington, Philip Heselton, John Harper … plus the best in Pagan stalls & historic exhibition of Witchcraft Artefacts. Tickets are available at £15 each

We are continuing our series of ‘A Day For …’ events and this year we will be honouring the achievements and contribution to the Witchcraft and Pagan community of Patricia Crowther.

Patricia is one of the few remaining contemporaries of Gerald Gardner and has to be considered one of the true Elders of the Craft. She was initially reluctant to allow us to hold a day in her honour but we have persuaded her that the Craft and pagan communities deserve their chance to pay her their respects and celebrate her so we are very pleased to announce that all being well she will be our guest of honour on the day.

We will also present talks by Vivianne & Chris Crowley, Rufus & Melissa Harrington, Philip Heselton and Patricia’s good friend and astronomy expert, John Harper.

This year we have taken note of past comments and decided to hold the conference out of London. Nottingham has played a part in the modern history of the Craft and is close to Patricia’s home town of Sheffield. Nottingham boasts a lively Pagan community, being the home of Pagan Pride whose volunteers will be on duty to support our event with us and our other major supporter, GreenMantle magazine.

As a venue we have chosen the grandoise and magnificent Masonic Halls called locally ‘The Belgrave Rooms’ which is on the tramline outside Nottingham Trent University less than 5 minutes walk from the city centre’s Market Square. On-street parking in Nottingham is readily available and Sunday rates are £1 per day on the meters.

The doors will open at 10 and close at 6, there will be refreshments and lunch available (you should be able to book your lunch on arrival) and we’ll have a selection of invited Pagan stalls as well as an exhibition from the Doreen Valiente Collection which will be ‘enhanced’ with some on-loan artefacts as well.

Tickets are priced at £15 and all the booking information is available on the Doreen Valiente website. And if you sign up as a Doreen Valiente Foundation member you will receive discounts on tickets and information about other opportunities during the conference weekend.” [via]