Witch Week is coming!

Posted October 20, 2015 by Lory in events / 17 Comments


In a little over a week, Witch Week will begin. This magical time between Halloween and Bonfire Night/Guy Fawkes Day was first brought to my attention by Diana Wynne Jones, in her book of the same name. Last year, I thought it would be fun to use this week to celebrate fantasy books and authors, and it was! This year I’m hoping that even more readers will join in the conversation. The theme this year is New Tales from Old — fiction based on fairy tales, folklore, and myth, which should give quite a lot of scope for exploration. (Actual witches need not be involved.)

If you’re planning your own posts, a linkup will be available in the Master Post on October 30. I’ll be collecting all the links I can muster for the round-up on November 6. Other events to look forward to:

  • Double giveaway (one US, one international): Bitter Greens in paperback from Thomas Dunne Books, and The Bloody Chamber deluxe hardcover from the Folio Society
  • Readalong of The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter
  • An interview with Kate Forsyth, author of Bitter Greens and The Wild Girl
  • A guest post on Don’t Bet on the Prince (a classic collection edited by Jack Zipes)
  • My own Halloween post on the real-life college behind the fictitious “Blackstock” of Tam Lin by Pamela Dean

I can’t wait to share all these goodies with you! Please spread the word (use hashtag #WitchWeekECBR), and come back on October 30 for the linkup and final schedule. Then, get ready for a very full and exciting week.

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17 responses to “Witch Week is coming!

  1. I so wish that I could join in. Things are just so crazy busy with me.

    I am looking forward to reading everyone’s commentary. The Bloody Chamber looks to be very good.

    • No official signups really, though there will be a linky on the Master Post for anyone who wants to link their own posts. Or just join in the comments, or be a lurker. Hope you can join us in somem fashion.!

  2. I can’t commit absolutely to the Readalong, but as (a) it’s been a while since I read some Carter, (b) I’m not convinced I read all the pieces in The Bloody Chamber and (c) it sort of counts as a book with a colour in the title for my 2015 reading challenge, I might still give it a go! Also looking forward to all the posts for this 2nd annual bookish event. 🙂

  3. I went to college with Pam Dean, so I’ll definitely be interested in hearing your take on it. I guess this means I’ll be rereading Tam Lin as part of this Witch Week celebration. Let me just make myself a cup of tea ….

    • You went to Carleton too? I hope my memories/interpretations of the book’s setting jive with yours. 🙂 I had great fun putting them together anyway.

      • Yep, I’m another Carl. Pam and I and another woman were in a large triple at a B&B in London for a semester way back in the 70s, so I got to know her pretty well. I saw people we knew when I first read Tam Lin — thanks for pushing me to revisit it.

        • My pleasure — we’re coming up on our 25th reunion (of my graduation and the book’s publication) so it was a treat for me as well.

    • The linkup will be open throughout the event and possibly beyond (for latecomers to the party). Thanks so much for spreading the word!