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Forest Sunrays


I have appeared on a range of platforms discussing topics related to History and the supernatural, including TV, radio and podcasts, print literature and public lectures.



BBC Radio 3

The devil's daughter features in a new novel from Jenni Fagan. Salena Godden's imagines Mrs Death. They join Shahidha Bari alongside a pair of historians - Tabitha Stanmore researches magic from early modern royal courts to village life and Daniel Ogden has looked at werewolf tales in Ancient Greece and Rome.



In light of the Covid-19 global outbreak, Professor Laura Ashe takes a look back at the Black Death of the 14th century, the deadliest pandemic in human history. With interviewed guest Tabitha Stanmore




The Folklore Podcast

Tabitha Stanmore joins the Folklore Podcast creator and host Mark Norman, and historian Tracey Norman, to discuss her research into the role of the service magician in history.


The Newcastle Witches

A podcast about the Newcastle Witch Trials of 1649, which caused the death of 16 people in 1650. We are on a journey to uncover how these murders took place and investigate what caused people to hunt and murder others in the name of Witchcraft.

Print media

The Conversation

For hundreds of years, magicians believed cheese could help them foretell the future or identify a criminal.


Fifteen eightyfour

Academic perspectives from Cambridge University Press


Public lectures

English Folk Dance and Song Society

'There’s method in the magic': the theory behind folk magic in medieval and early modern England.


Lecture given on 22 January at Cecil Sharp House as part of the 2020 Vaughan Williams Memorial Library lecture series by Dr Tabitha Stanmore Magic in pre-modern England took many forms, but among the most common was 'practical' magic: spells and rituals which brought about useful solutions to everyday problems. This talk explores what people commonly used magic for, and interrogates the spells themselves: why were certain words or items used? Were the rituals non-sensical, as has previously been claimed, or was there a method to folk magic which gone unrecognised?

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