Speaker: Utting, Davina (Davey), 1961 - 0, Interviewee, Female, Home tutor to children; Theatre electrician
Speaker: Morris, M, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Describes home, family background, in Radford, Nottingham. Recalls start of BBC Radio 1, describes house, gardening at school, Christian influence at home, difference in parents' beliefs. Describes how father joined prison service at Lowdham, Nottinghamshire, early memories of Lowdham, 'The Green', homes and gardens in Lowdham. Mentions Lowdham Borstal, lads working on farms. Recalls developing love of countryside, anti-foxhunting activities, local gypsy named Tarot being introduction to paganism. Talks about 'listening' to nature, making 'connection' with nature, describes lore of 'Hern' [Green Man, King of Fairies figure], local deities & folk tales, interacting with spirits, symbolism of earth, moon, sun. Brief mention of James Lovelock's Gaia theory. Discusses 'Chain of nature', coping with life in London while student, details of 'Wheel of the Year' & festivals. Talks about learning paganism, initiation as witch, period when denied faith, prejudice & images of withcraft. Mentions how coped with move to Oadby, Leicester, 1974. Comments on books on withcraft, 'Books of Shadows'. Talks in detail about Tarot.
Place of birth: Nottingham
Education: Berridge Rd Infants, Lowdham School
Marital Status: Married, Children: Daughters: 2
Father's Occupation: Soldier
Location: County: Nottinghamshire
Location: Town/Place: Nottingham
Periods Covered: 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s
Recording Date: 15/3/2002
Playing time: 6 hrs
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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