John Callow is an author, screenwriter and historian, specialising in Seventeenth Century politics, witchcraft, and popular culture.
He is the author of 10 books including: 'The Making of James II' (2000); 'Witchcraft & Magic in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Europe' (co-authored with Geoffrey Scarre, 2001); 'King In Exile' (2004); 'James II - The Triumph & the Tragedy' (2005); 'Marx in London' (co-authored with Lord Asa Briggs, 2008); 'Change the World' (2010); 'The Art of Revolution' (2011); 'GMB@Work - The story behind the Union' (2012); and 'James Connolly & the Re-Conquest of Ireland' (2013).
He has appeared on television programmes and radio shows for RTE, BBC, ITV, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, BBC Radio 3, Radio 4, Radio Ulster, Sky, Sky Living, Russia Today, Yesterday 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, at the Peace Institute, Ljubljana, and the Ho Chi Minh Political Academy in Vietnam. For eight years, he worked as the Director of Archives at the Marx Memorial Library, in London. John is currently a National Officer for the GMB Union and a visiting tutor at the University of Suffolk.
He is working on a new cultural history of witchcraft, 'Embracing the Darkness', soon to be published by I.B. Tauris.
Spent last Friday filming a new documentary, in the company of the wonderfully talented (and legendary!) Dick Gaughan.
We were shooting at the Edinburgh Film Studios, tucked away in the hills to the south of Scotland's capital. The sun shone for us and Dick turned in a killer set! Watch this space...
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.