I was a wee Witchling and working at the Health Food Store in Martin
Place, Sydney, I used to make a beeline every half-hour lunch break
for a little bookstore in the train station arcade. It was called
Mr Books and a very nice man with a long beard called Laurie (the
man, not the beard (whose name I never discovered)) worked there,
and the atmosphere in the shop was well ... interesting.
the first time in my life I saw books on the Craft openly displayed
on shelves - The Witches' Bible, Modern Witchcraft,
Magick in Theory and Practice were all titles that leapt
out and scorched my eager eyes. But the most exciting find of all
was at my feet at the front counter [yup, that sounds like the usual
spot Laurie found to display the magazine for us - Cyfrin] whenever
I went up to hand over every spare cent I had on new titles for
my growing magickal library. It was a little paperbound and stapled
magazine called Shadowplay.
it was a uniquely Australian insight into the world of Witches,
and though I was only a Wiccan voyeur back then, scared to take
the step and contact others, I felt I was part of a special and
wise community every time I opened its pages. Shadowplay
was a cornerstone of my initial Witchy education and I have kept
absolutely every copy I ever bought - fourteen years on. How special
do I feel then that one of the initial creators, contributors and
editors of Shadowplay, Liam Cyfrin (he was Bill back then),
has become a close friend and essential right-hand in the creation
of my own books on Witchcraft. Without his advice, insight and support
my books (Witch - A Personal Journey, Witch - A Magickal
Year and my new one Life's A Witch - A Handbook for
Teen Witches) would have been unlikely see the light of day.
mourned the demise of Shadowplay in its print form a few
years ago but am ecstatic to see that it has arisen like a phoenix
from the flames, flying through the virtual skies and landing at
www.shadowplayzine.com, and to finally get to contribute to it.
Be, Liam, Rhea, Raven and Co - and more power to you!