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"The Pagan Federation warmly supports Pagan Pride
and congratulates the organisers for bringing the
community together once more for this great event."

- President Pagan Federation


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Press & Media Enquiries

As part of Pagan Pride UK's work to promote accurate representation and a positive image of modern Paganism, Pagan Pride UK welcomes inquiries from local and national media, students, researchers and others who are looking for a 'Pagan perspective', more information about modern Paganism or information about Pagan Pride UK in particular.

We currently have two team members with extensive experience in representing both Pagan Pride UK, and the perspective of many modern Pagans, on television, radio and in print. Please see below for details of our media team and contact us at media@paganpride.org.uk with any inquiries.

Esme Knight

Esme is the Founder and Operations Manager of Pagan Pride UK. A Pagan and practising witch for over twenty years, Esme began Pagan Pride UK to both give the UK's Pagan community a place to come together and celebrate their faith and to encourage accurate representation of modern Paganism.

In addition to running Pagan Pride UK, she has worked as a celebrant, conducting rites of passage, rituals and ceremonies such as handfastings and funerals, as well as teaching elements of witchcraft and spirituality.  Esme has also run moots and open rituals in her local community and has worked with in conjunction with other groups such as the Pagan Federation, the Centre for Pagan Studies and Nottingham Pagan Network.

She has appeared in local and national media, such as:

- Notts TV

- Channel 4

- Various publications including Nottingham Evening Post and Pagan Dawn

- BBC Radio Nottingham

Esme is an experienced Pagan, witch and speaker, with specific expertise in the following areas:

- Pagan Pride UK: History, aims and organisation

- The sabbats/the wheel of the year

- Witchcraft

- Hedgewitchery and eclectic pagan paths

- 'Coming out of the broom closet' (Coming out as a Pagan or as a witch)

- Building community

- Ethics and morality in modern Paganism

- Combating stereotypes

 

Ashley Mortimer

Ashley Mortimer has been a valued member of the Pagan Pride UK for several years, and has performed in variety of roles from Community Manager to Webmaster. He is also a trustee of the Doreen Valiente Foundation and a director of the Centre For Pagan Studies as well as an official representative of several other Pagan organisations such as the Pagan Federation and Nottingham Pagan Network.

An initiate of the Craft, Ashley often gives talks about the history of Wicca/Witchcraft and the work of the Doreen Valiente Foundation/Centre For Pagan Studies and the origins of Paganism. Ashley follows his spiritual path with an eclectic and pragmatic approach to spirituality and religion as well as being a respected media spokesman on Paganism and an active participant in the Pagan and wider spiritual community in areas such as interfaith, religious education, community volunteering and event organisation.

Ashley has appeared in both local and national media, including appearances on:

- BBC one's The Big Questions

- Notts TV

- Sky TV with Jay Lakhani

- Various publications including Nottingham Evening Post and Pagan Dawn

- BBC Radio Nottingham & BBC Radio Derby

Ashley is happy to speak on most topics related to modern Paganism, but has specific expertise in the following:

- The Origins of Paganism

- The history of Wicca/Witchcraft

- Interfaith & its importance

- The Pagan community

- The sabbats/the wheel of the Year

- What is Paganism?

- Doreen Valiente and the work of the Doreen Valiente Foundation

- The work of the Centre for Pagan Studies



If you would like to request an interview with a member of the Pagan Pride UK team or have any other media-related enquiries, please contact us at media@paganpride.org.uk with details.

For all other inquiries, please contact us at info@paganpride.org.uk