>The Witch of St Ives

>Amusing sideline in Dr James Fox’s recent programme on BBC4 on The Art of Cornwall. Apparently, the sculptor Barbara Hepworth was such a formidable character that the locals secretly referred to her as ‘The Witch of St Ives’. A tongue-in-cheek morsel of folklore grew up that the abstract sculptures in her garden were actually the ossified remains of her victims, transformed by her Circe-like powers. 

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I am the editor of Uncanny UK (www.uncannyuk.com), a website devoted to British ghosts and folklore. I am the former editor of Paranormal Magazine and the author five books on Welsh folklore. Just launched Apparition Developments, first product of which is Ghost Finder London - an app plotting 300 haunted sites in London for iPhone. I'm a highly experienced journalist and corporate copywriter. I'm an enthusiast on the subjects of UK folklore, the supernatural and antiquities and am fond of old horror and sci-fi movies, cult TV such as Dr Who and I collect Victorian/Edwardian magazines. I also enjoy weird art and macabre literature by the likes of M R James, E F Benson, Algernon Blackwood, W Hope-Hodgson, H P Lovecraft etc. I live in North Wales, which is a very spooky place.
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