Inspiration: The White Witch of England
In the early days of Satellite TV channels the need for programming content was immense and so the time was right for new and exciting projects to get off the ground.
It was the mid 1980’s and we were working with a top London nightclub, producing Saturday night ‘Rock Nights’ every month which meant that we had to get ‘bums’ on seats (about 5,000 per time) and so the interest in our company and what we were doing was intense. We were ground-breaking at the time and since then there have been many imitators – but that is a story for another day.
So, back to The White Witch of England and how this fits into Satellite TV and the nightclub.
The General Manager, (GM), of the club had been approached by a Satellite TV production company seeking use of the club for broadcasting a series of programmes, and as he was keen to get as much exposure for the club as possible, he agreed to several broadcasts of the club’s shows and other ‘custom-made’ items.
We were invited to provide such a programme for the club to broadcast live, and we soon found ourselves travelling all over the UK seeking subjects for our programme, which was to be about Mediums, Clairvoyants and Witches, Tarot Card readers, Romany Gypsies – anyone who claimed to have ‘certain ‘ powers. Our first non-musical project chosen for us by the GM. Quite challenge for us.
Over the period of about a year we met with and interviewed dozens of Mediums, Clairvoyants and all sorts of Witches, and other ‘unusual’ people with very ‘unusual’ talents. I can honestly say it was of the most peculiar periods of our lives; often hilarious, sometimes frightening and sometimes plain confusing. There was never a dull moment.
We met Mediums whose faces changed shape as they spoke in Chinese accents, others who went into trances and ‘spoke in tongues’, and one person who actually worked for the FBI (from her semi near London) locating bodies for them! All very interesting stuff.
One such meeting is related in my Flash Fiction story, ‘The White Witch of England’. It was the most surreal experience, one of the weirdest we came across during our year when we met every type of charlatan, misguided and delusional people, as well as many, like Dot and Merlin, who just left you wondering.
‘The White Witch of England’ was published on Morgen Bailey’s Writing Blog Flash Fiction Friday on 2nd Dec 2011 and Pod-cast 2nd Jan 2012.