10 Jun 2023

Margaret Meyer: stories behind the UK’s deadliest witch-hunt

From Saturday Morning, 9:08 am on 10 June 2023

When UK based New Zealand writer Margaret Meyer visited a local museum in the town of Aldeburgh, Suffolk, it sent her on a mission to uncover the story of a group of women accused of being witches, and the men who hunted them. 

A small display about the East Anglian witch-hunts 1645 - 1647 revealed more than 200 lives were lost, all innocent.

Margaret Meyer’s debut novel, The Witching Tide is inspired by these, England’s deadliest witch-hunts, and considers what it takes for men to become such a danger to women.

The Witching Tide by author Margaret Meyer

Photo: Simon & Schuster/Andi Sapey