Stewart Farrar was a World War II veteran, an accomplished script writer and a journalist who worked for many prominent and respected media companies such as Reuters and the newspaper Reveille. As a world traveler, Stewart had the opportunity to meet and work with many fascinating people and noted celebrities during his career. He was also a gifted photographer. In 1969, at the age of 53, he met Alex Sanders – the infamous “King of the Witches” – and his wife Maxine while interviewing the couple for Reveille. The encounter introduced him to a world of Witchcraft and magic and changed the course of his life. Farrar left his job as a journalist and devoted his life and career to writing about the Craft. The many books he authored on Witchcraft, together with his wife, Janet Farrar, have become the most widely read and respected works on the topic.
Elizabeth Guerra, together with Janet Farrar, have collaborated to record and explore Stewart Farrar’s life and career in detail. This book tracks Farrar’s development from an eager and talented adolescent to a college student and dedicated Communist to a gifted journalist and television, radio and film script writer and finally to his later life as a practitioner of Wicca and author of many nonfiction books and science fiction novels.
Stewart Farrar found Witchcraft by accident but devoted the rest of his life to the subject by educating others. He became one of the most prolific and much loved writers on the subject, and in doing so, helped to make Wicca a viable and accessible path for many. The first edition was published by R.J. Stewart Books in 2008 and the new edition retains R.J.’s wonderful introduction. Read what others have said about Stewart Farrar: Writer on Broomstick:
“Reading this biography for the first time, I found a number of insights into how modern magic and witchcraft have developed, insights which were poignant for me as I knew some of the people described herein.”
– R J Stewart, Author of The Underworld Initiation, The Well of Light and other works.
“This collection is a joyful, fascinating, moving opportunity to meet or to remember Stewart Farrar, a generous and inspiring teacher who profoundly influenced the growth of contemporary Paganism and the lives of so many who loved him.”
– Phyllis Curott, HPS, Author of the best selling Book of Shadows, WitchCrafting & The Love Spell
“A powerful and intimate glimpse into the early days of Wicca, through the life of one of our most influential And respected authors. This well crafted biography gives us a greater insight to our own roots and heritage.”
– Christopher Penczak, Author of The Inner Temple of Witchcraft
“This is a terrific book. Most people know Stewart Farrar as a journalist and author of books on Wicca, as well as many novels, but this book really gives an insight into the progressive views he had about the world, as well as Wicca and Paganism. What becomes clear as you read Guerra’s well researched book, is how important Farrar was to a growing movement that is now coming of age as a world religion.”
– Margot Adler, Author of Drawing Down the Moon
Skylight Press is thrilled to reissue Stewart Farrar: Writer on a Broomstick, an important work about a pioneer figure. The book is available from various retail outlets such as Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk or direct from the Skylight Press website.