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Witch Hunts Today: From Matthew Hopkins to Twenty-First Century Persecution

22nd May 2019 · 7:30pm - 9:30pm

In person | Virtual event

 Witch Hunts Today: From Matthew Hopkins to Twenty-First Century Persecution

Harmful practices due to belief in witchcraft have seen a huge increase in the past six years both globally and in the UK and Kirsty Brimelow QC and author and campaigner Syd Moore have joined forces to expose this phenomenon.

They will contextualise the current climate, Syd will present dark chapters of the grim past of Essex witch hunts that have inspired her writing. They will move on to witchcraft belief in the present and the techniques used to ‘discover’ witches in use today. Kirsty will talk about the contemporary landscape of witchcraft belief and abuse, the legal perspective on this and some of the cases she has been involved with.  Raising awareness about these issues is something that both Kirsty and Syd are committed to.

Syd Moore is a bestselling novelist, former television presenter and activist. Her novels are based on historic witch hunts (Drowning Pool, 2011 and Witch Hunt, 2012, Harper Collins; Strange Trilogy, 2017-2018, Oneworld).

Kirsty Brimelow QC specialises in international human rights, criminal law, public international, constitutional and international criminal law. She is instructed in the most serious, complex and prominent cases nationally and internationally.

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