The Green Man Tree
Take a seat under the Green Man Tree and while away the afternoon, listening to powerful speakers and great storytellers. Scroll down to find out who'll be there this year.
13:00- Robin Hood by Tony Rotherham
A firm fan favourite at the festival, Tony Rotherham needs little introduction. He’s been part of the Pagan Pride UK festival from the beginning and every year he’s wowed guests with the sheer breadth of his knowledge and his thrilling presentation.
He’s visited the festival in various guises, but this year he’ll be joining us in his most requested, best loved role of Robin Hood!
With a host of lived experiences under his belt, from acting in Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood to living in the New Forest for four months himself, Tony’s one of Nottingham’s foremost experts on the world-famous prince of thieves. His expertise is such that he’s currently working on a series of documentaries in the US, all about the global appeal of Robin Hood.
As an actor with nearly four decades experience under his belt, Tony’s a busy man! His other current projects include playing the title role in The Pied Piper and directing a film called Insurrection, about the slave revolt during the American War of Independence.
So be sure to stop by the Green Man’s Tree during the day to catch Tony in action! You can also visit him and his merry men in their medieval village throughout the day.
14:00- Living Paganism: Power and Heroism, by Cat Treadwell
Join Cat Treadwell at Pagan Pride UK this year, for a powerful talk on living your spirituality. She'll be speaking about looking at personal power, inspiration and how you can be tge hero of your own story, if you let yourself be . . .
Cat is a Druid Priest and professional ritual celebrant & multifaith worker living in Derbyshire, England, though her work takes her throughout the UK. She's also an ordained Awenydd (Priest) of The Anglesey Druid Order and Honorary Member of The Centre for Pagan Studies. In her role as a priest, she often speaks on BBC radio and sometimes on television, and writes for magazines like Pagan Dawn.
A strong advocate of living your faith, Cat is very active in her community, volunteering for the Druid Network and East Midlands Pagan Federation, and working as a professional Chaplain. She also volunteers at Derbyshire hospitals and is employed by the Prison Service.
She's also an author, and has published two books so far, A Druid's Tale and Facing the Darkness, which are both available on Amazon and elsewhere.
15:00- Esme Knight- Talk Title TBC.
Join Esme, the Director and Founder of Pagan Pride UK, for an hour under the Green Man Tree. Esme has over twenty years of experience as a Pagan and Witch, and works as a professional witch and celebrant (though is currently taking a break from this work). She founded Pagan Pride UK in 2009 and it has grown from a community picnic to become a thriving festival and the biggest free Pagan event in the UK.
Esme also founded the Spellcrafter moot in Nottingham, and was its moot leader for several years, arranging open rituals and community events for the local Pagan community. She has been on local and national TV, radio and in the press, discussing Pagan Pride UK and promoting an accurate and positive image of modern Paganism.
16:00- Wicca, Witchcraft and the Pagan Community by Ashley Mortimer
In a must-hear talk for anyone new to the Pagan community, and those looking to deepen their knowledge, Ashley Mortimer, Trustee of the Doreen Valiente Foundation and the Centre for Pagan Studies, will be speaking about the rise of Wicca, Witchcraft and Paganism in the twentieth century,. An expert on the history of modern Wicca and witchcraft, he'll discuss how these grew through people like Gerald Gardner and Doreen Valiente as well as describing how the history of modern paganism has shaped the Pagan community today.
He'll also be giving some advice and tips for newcomers to the Pagan scene, who might be looking to join moots, start attending rituals and participating more in their local community.
17:00- Intuitive Magic by Moria Hodgkinson
Join Moira for workshop on using your inner guidance, divine intuition, spontaneity, improvisation and everyday objects to create the perfect, personalised spells for your unique situation.
Moira Hodgkinson has over thirty years of experience in the Craft and has spent more than fifteen years guiding others on the path. She often gives talks, and leads workshops and courses at venues and events across the country including well-known national (and international) events such as the Artemis Gathering, Pagan Pride UK, Witchfest International and Pagan Federation Conferences, along with many regional events.
She is the author of The Witching Path, an experiential journey into witchcraft, with The Witch’s Journey and Living Witchcraft due out later this year, and also writes for assorted pagan and new-age magazines including Kindred Spirit, Soul & Spirit, and Witchcraft & Wicca.
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