The Book of Demons: edited by Middlesex lecturer Dr Adam Dalton

The Book of Demons is a compilation of short stories by a group of researchers from Middlesex University, working with prize-winning creative writers from the UK, the USA and Canada, including Barrie’s own J. McDonald.

Together, they have produced this exciting new book that explores the history of demonology, and what it is to be part of marginalized groups in today’s world.

“Why is it that, in recent years, there has been a dramatic surge in the number of exorcisms being performed by the Catholic Church throughout the world, including in the U.S.? Could it be that there are actually demons among us?” 

Dr. Adam Dalton-West provides us with answers in a gripping introduction.

Learn how the practice of exorcism is only increasing in the U.S. and UK today, find out the truth behind Queen Elizabeth the First’s notorious court magician John Dee, consider the arcane rituals of the occultist Aleister Crowley, discover what inspired King James the First to author his treatise Daemonologie and shake your head as you learn about the horrific witch-hunts which were conducted in the King’s name.

With contributions from Gollancz author A.J. Dalton, prize-winner Nadine West, established writers Elyn Joy, Michael Conroy, Isabella Hunter, Gabriel Wisdom and introducing J. McDonald and others, this collection explores the history of demonology, as well as contemporary examples of demonic possession, examines how particular groups in society are persecuted, and shows how society and relationships might still be magically transformed.

For more information, click here

Creative Writing Headquarters (CREW HQ)

We are thrilled to launch our brand new online creative writing community for MDX students, MDX staff, alumni, schools and industry professionals. It offers free learning resources, free learning events and a newsletter. Sign up today! http://www.creativewritinghq.com/

Don’t miss the upcoming event:

‘How to self-publish‘: 3 November 14.00 – 15.00

Learn from Middlesex University alumni (Nicole Penzkoferova, Kelsey Head and Lauren Bott) about their journey to book publication, fame and fortune!

To attend contact: Dr Adam Dalton

Fairtrade at Middlesex: 2021 Poetry / Spoken word competition, supported by CreativityUnleashed

CreativityUnleashed is the new not for profit organisation that has developed out of its original legacy project, Haringey Unchained. What started out first as a small writing group for teenagers at Haringey Sixth Form College has organically shifted through the leadership of its young people, to integrate a wider community of youth voices. We offer many opportunities to young people, ultimately aiming to provide a unified platform for publication alongside opportunities to develop new skills and contacts in the culture and art sectors both nationally and internationally. We produce blogs and print magazines for a wide range of young people, including some in Britain, China and the United States, and have successfully linked young people to internships in publishing, art and film.

THE COMPETITION
This year’s Fairtrade fortnight celebration is supporting the awareness of Climate Change. Through various activities across schools, universities, colleges, places of worship and organisations around the world, we’ll be raising awareness of how everyone can play a part in “Choosing the World you want.”


Middlesex university are organising a poetry or spoken word competition to hear your thoughts on the topic of ‘Your vision of the world you want for farmers and workers worldwide, and the planet we share

Take inspiration from the Fairtrade Foundation website and this video.

SHORTLIST
Following a review and critique from our expert judging panel, 5 shortlist entries will be chosen. The Shortlist entries will have their entry displayed on Fairtrade Foundation’s Climate, Fairtrade and You Festival – an exhibition to showcase poetry, artwork and film. And a spot on a page dedicated to the shortlist and linked to Middlesex and Fairtrade platforms in Haringey Unchained.

WINNER
A full page feature on http://www.haringeyunchained.com with a link from the homepage; a spot in their print magazine that will be published in America and the UK and your piece will feature on a spot on the Russell Sage college website following a quick Winner’s interview.
Finally, your piece will also be recorded and played through Barnet TV online as well as their social media channels.

TIMELINES
Completion opens – 1st February
Closes – 15th February
Shortlisted entries announced – 19th February
Shortlisted entries displayed on Fairtrade Foundation Exhibition from – 22nd Feb
Winner announced: Friday 5th March

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • Your entry can be either Rhyming Poetry or Free Verse.
  • Your spoken word recording must be a landscape video via YouTube or Vimeo submitted via a link
  • If recording your piece, please introduce yourself at the beginning.
  • Please ensure your name is on your work
  • Please title your poem
  • 1 A4 side maximum
  • Your written piece entry must be typed and submitted via PDF
  • Your piece MUST be around the topic of ‘Your vision of the world you want for farmers and workers worldwide, and the planet we share ’Which supports the Fairtrade Fortnight theme
  • You must submit your entry to Fairtrade@mdx.ac.uk by 10am, Monday 15th February, ensuring the email is submitted with your contact details –  if you experience technical difficulties, contact j.e.williamson@mdx.ac.uk prior to the closing date.
  • Please ensure the title of your poem is the Subject of your email when sending your finalised piece.
  • All entries must be submitted / written in English.
  • Entrants can only enter their own work or are responsible for seeking relevant permissions from the copyright owner if entries are translations or another’s work.
  • Entries will be used ONLY for the purpose of this competition.
  • Shortlisted entries will be notified by email after the closing date but before 22nd February.

The Book of Witches

Dedicated to every woman or person who has suffered persecution or demonization for who they are.” 

A group of researchers from Middlesex University, working with prize-winning creative writers from the north-west, have produced this exciting new book that explores the history of witches in the UK, and what it is to be part of marginalised groups in today’s world. 

The Witch of Endor in the Bible is very far from being a negative figure, so why then have women and others been persecuted for witchcraft in the UK for centuries?’ Dr Adam Dalton-West provides us with answers in a gripping introduction. 

Learn how the tradition of witchcraft is still alive and well in the UK’s south-west, find out the truth behind the Pendle Witch Trials, discover just why Henry VIII was the first to outlaw witchcraft, and shake your head as you come to understand what drove the maniacal Witchfinder General Matthew Hopkins

With contributions from authors Adam Lively (Granta Best Young Novelist), A J Dalton (www.ajdalton.eu), and others, this collection remembers the innocent women and individuals who were cruelly sacrificed, examines how particular groups in society are still persecuted, and shows how society and relationships might still be magically transformed

Available from Amazon and other book outlets from 7 August 2020. Order your copy today. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Book-Witches-J-Dalton-ebook/dp/B08F5K8FM8/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=book+of+witches+dalton&qid=1598516130&sr=8-1