Samhain – Witches New Year by Lilian Anderson

The 31st October and the surrounding days are a special time for many cultures, from the Día de Muertos (The Day of the Dead) in Mexico to the Christian All Saints' Day (also known as All Hallows' Day) and of course the secular Halloween celebrations. The pagan wheel of the year celebrates Samhain from sunset … Continue reading Samhain – Witches New Year by Lilian Anderson

 The Origins of Killieween by Lilian Anderson

The town I grew up in, Kilmarnock, located in the West of Scotland has many strange and interesting traditions, from the paper roses that the bride to be wears before marriage to the ‘Paper Roses’ that are sung at Rugby Park (the home of Kilmarnock F.C), to the obsessive cleaning of EVERYTHING before the bells … Continue reading  The Origins of Killieween by Lilian Anderson

Why I Celebrate the Green Witch by Lilian Anderson

Many modern witches hate the cartoonish stereotypes of the green-faced witch. Look at her as she stoops, cackling and green-faced, with blackened broken teeth, a hooked nose and gnarled fingers, her hair hanging in knots. The picture of terror and evil, that is so removed from my own path of love, nature, healing and beauty.  … Continue reading Why I Celebrate the Green Witch by Lilian Anderson

A History of Jack-o’-lanterns by Lilian Anderson

I wrote yesterday about how Trick or Treating originated in Scotland and Ireland and has been repackaged and returned to us in modern times with an American slant. Today’s Halloween tradition has also made the same journey. The carved pumpkin is a tradition which is now strongly associated with Halloween, but the tradition of the … Continue reading A History of Jack-o’-lanterns by Lilian Anderson

Guising – A Celtic Tradition By Lilian Anderson

Trick or Treating, is that not an American tradition? I see people on social media every day claiming that Trick or Treating is just another sign of the over Americanisation of our children's lives and I guess in some ways they are right. But in so many other ways they are totally wrong! Guising in … Continue reading Guising – A Celtic Tradition By Lilian Anderson

Cameo – A Shout-out to the Fans

I was recently introduced to an awesome platform called Cameo (although it has been around since March 2017). It’s a video sharing site created by Steven Galanis, Martin Blencowe, and Devon Spinnler Townsend which was made for the purpose of connecting celebrities with their fans. The creators realised how valuable interactions with these celebs was … Continue reading Cameo – A Shout-out to the Fans

Sign Up for Dropout.TV

Dropout.TV was launched in September 2018 is a subscription service created by CollegeHumor, as an offshoot of their YouTube channel, allowing them to create and share unique content and focus on content that might not be suited to YouTube.  Part of the reason why the platform was created was because CollegeHumor was having an increasingly … Continue reading Sign Up for Dropout.TV

Mabon by Lilian Anderson

Mabon which begins on September 21st has the wheel of the year turn once more. The autumn equinox Harvest festival or witch’s thanksgiving as it is also known sees the leaves turning and the bounty of our harvest coming to fruition.  2020 has been an odd year there is no doubt about it  but one … Continue reading Mabon by Lilian Anderson

Bewitching Midsummer by Lilian Anderson

Tonight is the night that the fae and magical creatures come to play tricks and cast pixie dust as we slumber, If the bard is to be believed that is. Shakespeare’s Midsummer's Night Dream has been a favourite of mine for a long time. But for many years before Puck, Bottom, Tatiana and Oberon Midsummer … Continue reading Bewitching Midsummer by Lilian Anderson

Unity League

So I just wanted to talk a little bit about Kilmarnock Unity League, full disclosure I am a member of the group, and I’m the secretary for the committee as well so my opinion may be biased but I happen to think that we are a hardworking, dedicated and supportive group for LGBT+ people. We … Continue reading Unity League

Let Them Bake Some Cakes: The Real Cost of Food by Victoria Anderson

When I was younger on a cold rainy day, when it was too miserable to go out and play and there was nothing good on TV my mum and I would cook. We’d make chillies and fruit scones. We’d make soups and stews and cakes and cookies. We’d watch Nigella Lawson then switch over to … Continue reading Let Them Bake Some Cakes: The Real Cost of Food by Victoria Anderson

A Comic-Con Goers Tips to Protesting 

These past weeks have seen a huge increase in peaceful protests across the world in response to the continued police brutality that black and brown people face everyday. At time of writing, there are ongoing protests every day in all 50 states across America and I’m preparing to attend the Black Lives Matter protesting Glasgow … Continue reading A Comic-Con Goers Tips to Protesting 

Centrestage – Fun, Food, Folk

Centrestage is a charitable organisation based in Kilmarnock which was founded in 2006 and serves the local community. They have a variety of programmes and initiatives aimed at supporting people, and as they say on their website: ‘Centrestage is not the place; it’s the people’. One of the programmes they run is Catalyst which aims … Continue reading Centrestage – Fun, Food, Folk

Why as a Writer you should visit The Seven Stories Comics: Explore and Create Comic Art Exhibition at the Dick Institute by by Madison Hope-Tatnell

On Tuesday 15th October, I got the opportunity to explore The Seven Stories Comics: Explore & Create Comic Art exhibition. I have rarely been into comics in my life. So with that, I expected to spend about ten minutes at the exhibition taking in the comic examples with the added history, comments and opinions for … Continue reading Why as a Writer you should visit The Seven Stories Comics: Explore and Create Comic Art Exhibition at the Dick Institute by by Madison Hope-Tatnell

Break the Silence

I was asked by my friend Tamara Campbell of SPiN Admin (aka SPiN Events) to write a piece about Break The Silence and after checking them out and finding out a little bit more about them I was happy to support and promote this group who aim to provide a variety of tailored support options … Continue reading Break the Silence