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Rebecca Beattie has spent many years learning and developing her creativity, having taken her earliest inspiration from nature and ancient traditions from around the world. She is a co-owner of Hedgewitches’ Kitchen, which makes ritual soaps and bath products, and designs jewellery for her company, Bewitching Beads. She also writes stories. Conversations with My Mother is her second novel.

James Butler is a postgraduate research student at the University of Oxford, with an interest in the conjunction between philosophical and literary cultures, both ancient and modern. A practicing pagan for over ten years, he remains fascinated by devotion, poetry and the moon. When not writing, he can be found exploring the links between ritual, art, music and magic.

Stephen J. Clark was born 1970, in County Durham. Largely self-taught, his art arises from a childhood fascination with myths and monsters. His work engages in various methods of automatism, which he sees as being analogous to the ideas and dynamics of alchemy and the notion of scrying into the Unconscious. Drawings, poetry and prose have been published in several international surrealist journals including Manticore, Phosphor (Leeds), Analogon (Prague), S.U.R.R. (Paris) and Salamandra (Madrid). Surrealist Editions published a collection of his poetry The Bridge of Shadows in 2007.

Zachary Cox was born in Folkestone in 1928. He has in the course of his life written poetry, studied magic, edited the celebrated occult journal Aquarian Arrow, and worked as a computer programmer. Since the late 1950s he has been practitioner of witchcraft, and has been known to refer to the Craft as ‘a non-discursive reality.’ He lives in Crouch End with his wife Jean and a household of magical cats.

John Callow is a tutor at the University of Suffolk, who has written and lectured widely on Witchcraft, popular belief, and the Early Modern era. He is the author of Witchcraft and Magic in Sixteenth & Century Europe (Palgrave Books) and is currently working on a study of the Bideford Witches. This winter will see him lecturing on Wicca at the ‘Theatre Machine’ in Northern Sweden.

Aleister Crowley. Poet, magician, mountaineer, bibliophile, legend, 1875-1947.

Dolorosa. My body is all eyes. Look at it! BE not afraid! I look in all directions!

Edward Gauntlett is lifelong student of magic, and holds an MA in Literature, Religion and Philosophy. Currently he is working on a study of the Secret Tradition in late 19th and early 20th century supernatural horror fiction. He is editor of the Charles Williams Society.

Stephen Grasso is a writer and artist based in London. His main subjects of interest are magic, Voodoo, psychogeography and buying lots of records. He is a founder and regular contributor to Liminalnation.org, has a blog called cleanlivingindifficultcircumstances.blogspot.com, and is still working on a long-threatened book about magic.

Phil Hine lives and works in London, where he practices a hybridised approach to Tantra. He has a particular interest in presentations of the occult and how they relate to wider cultural formations. He is the author of Prime Chaos, Condensed Chaos and The Pseudonomicon, and has contributed to a wide range of occult magazines. His archive of writings can be viewed at www.philhine.org.uk and he has a new group blogwww.enfolding.org.

Ellie Hughes was born and bred in London, and decided she was a witch at the age of eleven. She became interested in the discourses of nostalgia and identity at SOAS (the School of Oriental and African Studies), where she is currently finishing a BA in history.

Stuart Inman studied with Joseph Bearwalker Wilson for seven years and is a Doyen of Toteg Tribe and one of three Virtue Holders of the 1734 Tradition of Witchcraft. He is an initiate of both Alexandrian and Gardnerian Wicca and has studied Tibetan Buddhism. He has also been involved with the International Surrealist Movement for over twenty years, has done original research into lesser known aspects of surrealism and is a founder member of the London Surrealist Group.

Roberto Migliussi is an artist and publisher who lives near Florence, Italy. For twenty years he has pioneered the Italian translation of important works by Kenneth Grant, Michael Bertiaux and Austin Spare, founding his own imprint ‘Labirinto Stellare’ to successfully promote their work. A natural artist working with collage and varieties of automatism, his book entitled Automatic Drawings is due for publication in the near future.

Naagrom is an old spirit in a young body. She was born, raised and is still living in a small place in the middle of the Mexican Republic, a land famous for its history, diversity, beliefs, cult of death and a ridiculously incoherent population. Naagrom has been interested in the fine arts since childhood, and at fifteen began to learn photography in a self-taught way, which developed into an interest in engraving and design. A flood of existentialism and illumination are the pneuma of her work, experimentation and mere light in all contexts the soma.

Francesco Parisi lives in Rome where he has a studio. He works primarily as a wood-engraver, but also produces finely detailed figure drawings with esoteric and symbolist themes. His large landscapes are evocative of an ancient, timeless, Italy. A voracious and keen reader, his library holds many obscure and fascinating volumes on art and philosophy. His work may be found in the collections of the British Museum Department of Prints and Drawings, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, and Royal Museum of Fine Art, Antwerp.

Sarah Penicka-Smith lives in Sydney, Australia with her wife, her very black cat, two fish and a disabled Jack Russell Terrier. She studied arts and music at the University of Sydney, where she is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Studies in Religion. Sarah’s other life is as a choral conductor, and she has directed the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir since 2005.

Daniel A. Schulke is the presiding Magister of Cultus Sabbati, a magical order of traditional witchcraft initiates in England and North America. He has authored two books for Xoanon Publishing, Ars Philtron (2001, 2008), and Viridarium Umbris: The Pleasure-Garden of Shadow (2005).

Allyson Shaw is an award-winning poet, she is author of The Bon-bon and Love Token, a Powell’s poetry best-seller. With Edith Abeyta she is co-author of Salty: Three Tales of Sorrow. Much of her fiction and poetry has appeared in anthologies and literary journals. She lives in London where she knits, brews beer and writes while trying not to lose her Californian-by-way-of-the-Midwest accent.