Episode 1.1: A Discovery of Witches

Our first episode is a discussion of A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. We would like to dedicate it to Marcelle Kosman and Hannah McGregor of Witch, Please. Thanks for inspiring us!

Content warning: assault, rape, domestic violence

Note: As writers and creators, we know how difficult it is to produce good art. Our comments are not meant to belittle or censure. Rather, we believe in deconstructing and critiquing the things we love, and we hope that our attempt to engage critically with these texts can help our listeners generate productive discussions and insights about themselves and the social structures in which they operate. Please feel free to join the conversation on our Twitter page!

Here are some links and resources you might find useful:

Violence Against Women (womenshealth.gov)

Is This Abuse? (loveisrespect.org)

Bechdel-Wallace Test

Sexy Lamp Test

Katie’s Blog Post: Improving Female Representation in Fiction

Next month, we will be discussing Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor. The episode will be posted on June 9. We hope to see you then!


We recorded this introduction to the podcast–and ourselves–as part of our first episode but ended up cutting it due to time constraints. If you’re interested in learning more about us, then give it a listen. (You can also visit our About page.)

And for your enjoyment, here is our theme song, “Moon and Spruce,” written and performed by the talented Sarah Littledrum, in its glorious entirety.

Thanks for joining us!