Having a wee look at social media and a colleague shared this:
Scotland carried out 5x per capita witch trials in the early modern period than other European countries, it was also one of the most unequal countries where the poor had fewest rights, I would love to know if there is a linkhttps://t.co/vLriQG5xhO
— Julia McClure (@JuliaMcClure_) October 29, 2019
Serendipitous then that I had an email waiting for me from Louise Yeoman telling me about her and Susan Morrison’s new podcast – ‘Witch Hunt’ on BBC Sounds.
‘Witch Hunt’ is a six-part podcast on the Scottish Witch-Hunt from the North Berwick trials to the end of the witch hunt featuring an array of brilliant historians and experts including Louise herself and:
- Dr Michelle Brock of Washington and Lee University
- Dr Victoria Carr University of Bristol
- Dr Lizanne Henderson of University of Glasgow
- Dr Martha McGill of University of Warwick
- Laura Moffat of University of Strathclyde
- Dr Faye Skelton of Edinburgh Napier University
- Dr Sierra Dye of University of Guelph
The first episode of ‘Witch Hunt’ is available from Thursday (appropriate as it is halloween ? ?) and covers the North Berwick trials.
The following five episodes are available one a week until 5th of December. The fourth programme on 21st of November might be particularly interesting to our members as it specifically addresses the question of why so many women were accused.
You can find out more here on the podcast website https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07rn38z
The podcast is available to listen to on BBC Sounds here – https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/brand:p07rn38z/p07rn41g
Several of our steering committee also recorded with Louise and Susan earlier this year for their programme ‘Time Travels‘ on BBC Radio Scotland – there’s clips here where you can have a wee listen:
- Ashley Dee on women’s sexual ignorance in Victorian Scotland
- Yvonne McFadden on The evolution of the kitchen in Scottish homes
- Me on Glasgow’s Family Home and Life in a High Rise Flat in Glasgow
Valerie Wright (University of Glasgow)