John Callow is a writer, screenwriter, and historian, specialising in Seventeenth Century politics, witchcraft, and popular culture. He is the author of 9 books including:'The Making of James II' (2000); 'Witchcraft & Magic in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Europe' (co-author with Geoffrey Scarre, 2001); 'King In Exile' (2004); and ''James II - The Triumph & the Tragedy' (2005); 'Change the World' (2010); 'The Art of Revolution'(2011); 'GMB@Work - The story behind the Union' (2012).
He has appeared on television programmes and radio shows for RTE, ITV, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, BBC Radio 3, Radio 4, Sky, Sky Living, Russia Today and the BBC World Service. John gained a First Class BA Honours degree from Lancaster University, an MA with distinction from Durham. and holds a Doctorate from Lancaster University, that was funded by the British Academy.
He has lectured at Lancaster University, Goldsmiths College, Wuhan University, and the Peace Institute Ljubljana, and the Ho Chi Minh Political Academy in Vietnam. John is currently Director of Archives at the Marx Memorial Library, and a visiting tutor at the University of Suffolk. He is working on a new cultural history of witchcraft, 'Embracing the Darkness', to be published by I.B. Tauris, in 2013.
I'm turning up next on 'Find My Past - the Great Fire of London'
... to be screened tomorrow night, 9pm on the 'Yesterday' Channel
Back from speaking at the GMB Union's weekend political school in Glasgow.
While in the city, I dropped in to the wonderful 'Peoples' Palace' - where you can see everything from a desk that once belonged to the great Scottish revolutionary John Maclean (1879-1923) to Billy Connolly's banana shaped boots!
For those of you with satellite ... the 'Yesterday' Channel is showing adverts for the new series of 'Find My Past' - with a shot of me talking about King James II.
The show, itself, on the 'Great Fire of London' premieres at 9pm on Tuesday 20th November.