Open locks, whoever knocks

Witch Week 2019

By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes.


Open locks,
Whoever knocks!

—Macbeth, Act IV Scene 1

Thus speaks the Second Witch to her sisters, who have sensed the arrival of a certain ne’er-do-well. Macbeth swaggers into their cave: “How now, you secret, black, and midnight hags!
What is’t you do?” he declares. Dramatic irony, of course, for he is guilty of what he accuses them of being. (We know a few politicians who do this, don’t we?)

Running from Halloween to Bonfire Night, Witch Week 2019 is imminent. You may still have time to acquire and read Diana Wynne Jones’ fantasy Cart and Cwidder, our featured book for discussion, but if that doesn’t appeal then do sit back and enjoy the guest posts to come. Our focus is on villains, and fellow bloggers will be discussing them in

  • graphic novels
  • plays by Shakespeare
  • a Diana Wynne Jones novel
  • a series by Joan Aiken
  • and the first volume of the Chronicles of Narnia.

So, not long now to wait: this is your final reminder!

Open locks, whoever knocks.

Entrance doors, Town Hall, Leeds, West Yorkshire

11 thoughts on “Open locks, whoever knocks

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      1. Oh I know that feeling, Chris! I never once thought of stopping! I’m keen to hear more about it and what prompted you to select it for Witch week. When it arrives of course!

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  3. I know I’ve so much catching up to do, but I caught site of this post and had to share because at this very moment I’m listening to the James Horner score for SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES. Eeee, we’re so close to Witch Week I’ve got to cackle! xxxxx

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