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February 2016

New exhibition at the John Rylands Library

(28 January 2016)

Magic, Witches & Devils at the John Rylands Library

A new exhibition, Magic, Witches & Devils, is now running at the John Rylands Library until 21 August 2016.

The exhibition was curated by Dr Jennifer Spinks and Dr Sasha Handley, from the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures. The exhibition presents rare books, prints, manuscripts and objects that illuminate the roots of our obsession with supernatural powers and reveal a world where the Devil was understood as a very real and present danger in daily life.

“One of the most exciting aspects of the exhibition”, according to Jennifer Spinks, “is how it looks at magical beliefs in European daily life while showing how similar fears and fascinations existed in other cultures, from Japan to the Islamic world. With stunning local, European and non-Western examples from Manchester collections, this exhibition offers an exceptionally wide-ranging window onto the supernatural world.”

The John Rylands Research Institute Annual Lecture 2016

The John Rylands Research Institute Annual Lecture will be delivered by Professor Dame Marina Warner DBE, Professor of English and Creative Writing, Birkbeck College, University of London on Thursday, 11 February. The event will run, in the Historic Reading Room, from 5.30 - 7.30pm with a drinks reception from 5.30 - 6.15pm.

Professor Warner will presenting a lecture entitled Oracular Narrative: Timing and Truth Telling, in which she will explore mythic forms of prefigurement and prophecy in contemporary fiction inspired by Greek tragedy and the Arabian Nights.

If you would like to attend this event, please register by contacting Joshua Mitcham