A Common Craft

Episode 1: Healing

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Witchcraft and the archetype of the Witch are explored through interviews, found sound, commissioned music and storytelling. This first episode focuses on healing, healers and reconnection to the self. I talk to historian Ronald Hutton, esoteric herbalist Cristina Pandolfo, baker Kimberly Bell, and author/designer/teacher Sarah Gottesdiener about terminology, herbalism, food and how to promote intuition.

A Common Craft is a series of podcasts about the archetype of the Witch, Witchcraft and magic and how these subjects may affect our daily lives- sometimes without us even noticing. Through interviews and storytelling, each episode will present a journey of occult ideas, feminism, healthcare, gender and popular culture. As Witchcraft becomes increasingly popular, I ask what we can learn from it's unorthodoxy and how it might make the future more magical for us all.

A Common Craft was made by Blue Firth commissioned on behalf of Waking the Witch, a touring exhibition which looks to the importance of craft, ritual and land on the practice of the ever shifting figure of the witch. Episode one of A Common Craft was made in response to the first location of Waking the Witch at Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown Wales.

Episode One

Interviews were held with Professor Ronald Hutton (Historian), Cristina Pandolfo (Esoteric Herbalist), Kimberley Bell (Baker), Sarah Faith Gottessdiener (Designer, Author, Teacher and Tarot Reader)

The Myddfai Legend narrated by Sarah Perry (Novelist)

Original music by Anna Peaker. Improvised incantations sung by Freya Barlow, Blue Firth & Isabel Jones

Additional music by: Ann Southam - Sea Still, Louise Huebner - The Gods, The Fates - Sheila (She beats in my heart), Oberon - Syrinx, Luis de Pablo - Spirit of the Beehive OST, Daniel Kobialka - Organic Eternity

Magical Gut written by Blue Firth read by Peter Baker

Audio extracts include: Monty Python & The Holy Grail (1974), Women & Spirituality an interview with Starhawk (1989), Children of the Stones (1977), Witchcraft Documentary (1979), Night of the Demon (1957), The Witches (1990)