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Our speakers

If you've attended CULTure Babylon’s previous events, you’ll know that we put the CULT into culture, by showing great films and further exploring their themes with the insight of our brilliant speakers.

This year is no exception and we're proud to introduce some truly outstanding speakers once again.


Dr Tabith Stanmore
Dr Tabitha Stanmore is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Exeter and a specialist in medieval and early modern magic.
She is interested in the role magic and the supernatural has played in everyday life, culture and politics.

Her doctoral research explored the use of ‘service’ magic - practical spells sold by professional magicians - in premodern England.
Her first monograph, Love Spells and Lost Treasure: Service magic in England from the later Middle Ages to the early modern period  was published by Cambridge University Press in December 2022.
She will also publish Cunning Folk: Life in the Era of Practical Magic with The Bodley Head in May 2024.


Tabitha is currently working on the Seven County Witch Hunt Project, investigating the witches and accusers of the so-called Matthew Hopkins witch trials.

 Tabitha has appeared on BBC Radio and TV discussing magic, witchcraft and medieval life, as well as writing for print including
The Spellbinding History of Cheese and Witchcraft .

Gary Parsons at the 2019 Fear in the Fens Festival: Pic by Jovana Majic

Gary Parsons

Gary Parsons is a film-maker who has made 12 short films, some of which deal with esoteric subject matter.
His last film Conjuration was premièred at The British Museum as part of the Folk Horror Revival day.
An MA film graduate from Goldsmiths college London, he also lectures on film.

His talks including British Witchcraft Documentaries of the 1970s and Aleister Crowley and the Cinema of Magick regularly sell out to audiences in the UK and Europe.

Gary is also author of a book on Brian Eno, Eno in the 70s: Decades

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