A Discoverie of Witches
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A Discoverie of Witches

80pp  |  978-1-906613-60-0

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Lancaster Assizes, 1612. Ten people from Pendle in Lancashire were hanged, pronounced guilty of the crime of witchcraft. Poems in this book give voice to characters involved in the trials: from the accused to the accusers, from a child who bore witness against her own mother to the hangman who carried out his job loyally and efficiently, yet not without stirrings of compassion.

Read a poem from the collection in The Telegraph here.


'In Morrison’s remarkable new book, A Discoverie of Witches, history is by no means transcended; but rather past, present and future co-exist, interact, clash, overlay one another, to the point that some of his poems become temporal palimpsests.' — Jonathan Taylor, Iota


Blake Morrison was born in Burnley, and grew up in Skipton. His books include two collections, Dark Glasses and The Ballad of the Yorkshire Ripper; two bestselling memoirs, And When Did You Last See Your Father and Things My Mother Never Told Me; a children’s book, The Yellow House; several play adaptations and libretti; and three novels, including South of the River (2007) and The Last Weekend (2010). He lives in south London and is Professor of Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College.

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