Talks on Witch trials, The Witch and Queer Ritual


Talks on Witch Hunts and Ritual


Join us November 4th for our Festival of the Accused and Light source memorial performance at The British Library.

Talks- 10am-17.15- Schedule Below
Purchase a Day Pass here.

Light Source Performance-6pm Free. 

10:00 – 18:00: Screening Room: Live Art Performance at the British Library

11:30 – 12:30: Rituals: Performance Art and Witchcraft

13:00 – 14:00: Witchful Thinking: The Wise Woman's Handbook

13:00 – 14:00: The Bideford Witches: John Callow and Shami Chakrabarti in Conversation

14:30 – 15:30: Witch-Hunt: A History of Persecution

16:00 – 17:00: A New Coven: Witches in Contemporary Fiction

16:15 – 17:15: Witches of Scotland at the Festival of the Accused

18:00 – 19:00: Light Source Finale: Performance and Memorial Reading  

Light Source
is a programme of 12 monthly talks and workshops exploring witch hunts and ritual performance hosted by artist Amy Kingsmill. Light Source brings light to lost histories of persecuted people, primarily women, and honours them. It explores the use of body performance techniques and approaches them as an expanded context that includes the practice of queer people and women, while creating a space to share these techniques and histories.

You can purchase tickets for any of our events in the below ticket portal.


List of upcoming talks

GraceGraceGrace: Reclaiming the Crone or “If I’m not in on Friday I may be dead’.

Rescheduled to-Tuesday 25th January due to venue closure in December. 

Please note the following talks for 2022 are subject to changes due to Covid. 

Bones Tan Jones: Power 'Povera'

Considering witchcraft as empowering and accessible for those without economic resources and how this can be applied to live art practices.

Wednesday 23th February 2022 


Witches of Scotland
Thursday 31st March 2022


Porscha Jean: Sirens - Allure & Alarm

Allure and Alarm. Using and raising voice through song

Thursday 27th April 2022 


Ron Athey - Queer Communion

Ron Athey discusses queer ritual within his iconic performances. 
Thursday 26th May 2022


Amy Kingsmill Light Source Performance
and Day Festival of selected talks and workshops

- British Library, June 2022

Future events not yet on sale subject to change.

Previous Talks

Videos will be hosted online- please check back.

Ronald Hutton: Witch Hunting old and new.
Professor Ronald Hutton explores the realities behind Witch Hunts historic and present.
Tue 29th Jun

Marisa Carensky: The Incredible Bleeding Woman

Marisa Carnesky discusses her work with her project The Bleeding Woman using live art to challenge ideas around menstruation.

Thurs 29th July

Leticia Vasquez: 
Anthropologist and tattooist Leticia Vasquez discusses body rituals and folk traditions. 
Thursday 26th August 2021

Bonnie Bakeneko: Bodily Alchemy

Transmutation, transformation and transcendence. Queer trauma processing through magick and live art body ritual.

Thursday 30th September 2021 

Charity Kase: TRANSformation Class

Queer Witchcraft for Transforming Witches as an antidote to Transphobic Potter Mania.

Transforming via transfiguration via costume, ritual, make up, drag and body modification to embrace and enhance your queer body- becoming our own myths, monsters and fairytales.

Wednesday 13th October 2021 6:30pm -8:30pm

Chao-Ying Elizabeth Rab: The Power of Fetishisation 

Considering and Critiquing the female body as fetish/ totem developing ways to harness that power through work with performer and artist Chao-Ying. 

Thursday 25th November 2021