Joe Hesketh: A Pendle Witch Trial Investigation


Artist JOE HESKETH seeks to understand the horrors of the Pendle Witch Trial through art


Joe Hesketh Bunny (2012), oil on canvas (image courtesy of the artist)Being a child in Pendle was like living on, what would now be familiar as, a Harry Potter film set.  Some of the older children thought I was a bit odd, so I took advantage of this and played on being different and standing out.  I played at making up my own spells, creating perfume from petals, and things like that.  These games made me happy and I thought they gave me the upper hand and made me special – just like the witches, I guess.  Over the years people have bought me spell books and I still do well wishes today.

I’ve always been intrigued with the Pendle story and wanted to look at it closer and, through doing this, A Pendle Investigation developed.  I wanted to connect with the story in celebration of the 400th anniversary by investigating the known facts to build a body of work.

Author: The Spooky Isles

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