Philip Paris

Blog · Posted October 20, 2023

Philip Paris visited Mainstreet to talk about his novel, The Last Witch of Scotland

Thurs 19th Oct Philip Paris came to Mainstreet to talk about his novel, The Last Witch of Scotland.

Inspired by the true story of the last person to be tried and executed as a witch in the British Isles, The Last Witch of Scotland reimagines how Janet Horne came to be accused of witchcraft.

Scottish Highlands, 1727. In the aftermath of a tragic fire that kills her father, Aila and her mother move to the remote village of Loth. Aila, who was badly burned in the fire, attracts the eye of suspicious and superstitious villagers, especially the new Reverend McNeil, a man determined to cleanse the village from evil. Then arrives a motley troupe of travelling entertainers from Edinburgh, led by the charismatic but mysterious Jack, further unsettling peace in the village and stoking something new in Aila – a kind of hope she hasn’t known since her father’s death.

The Last Witch of Scotland is a harrowing tale shedding light on one of the country’s darkest periods in history.

‘Philip Paris’s affecting novel imaginatively fills in the gaps with family tragedy, first love, a roving troupe of players, embittered neighbours, sacrifice and loss.’  –The Herald

This event was held in our cafe. Please read our accessibility policy on the website for more information.

You can buy a copy of The Last Witch of Scotland HERE.

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