Devoted to the Study of Folklore and Tradition

The Folklore Society (FLS) is a learned society, based in London, devoted to the study of all aspects of folklore and tradition, including: ballads, folktales, fairy tales, myths, legends, traditional song and dance, folk plays, games, seasonal events, calendar customs, childlore and children's folklore, folk arts and crafts, popular belief, folk religion, material culture, vernacular language, sayings, proverbs and nursery rhymes, folk medicine, plantlore and weather lore.

Next Folklore Society Event

Reflected Shadows: Folklore and the Gothic

  • 15th — 17th April 2016
  • Kingston University, KT1 2EE
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Papers are invited for our forthcoming joint conference Reflected Shadows: Folklore and the Gothic. We welcome papers on colonial Gothic, urban Gothic, commodity Gothic, screen Gothic, Gothic hauntology and Gothic parody –…

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The Katharine Briggs Award 2015

With great pleasure, we announce that The Katharine Briggs Award 2015 was won by Richard P. Jenkins for his book Black Magic and Bogeymen: Fear, Rumour and Popular Belief in the North of Ireland 1972-74, published by Cork University…

The Katharine Briggs Award 2015: Shortlisted entries

The following books, in alphabetical order, have been shortlisted for this year's Katharine Briggs Award. The judges' decision will be announced at a wine reception and buffet supper on Wednesday 18 November following our annual Katharine…

The Concealed Revealed

​The Concealed Revealed, a strand of the Inner Lives: Emotion, Identity and the Supernatural, 1300-1900 Project, is hoping to produce an extensive catalogue of concealed objects and domestic apotropaic devices, from shoes and cats to timber…

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23rd September 2015 — 30th January 2016 Jane Wenham: The Witch of Walkern

  • Venue: Touring - see website for venues
  • Organised by Out of Joint theatre company
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Inspired by events in a Hertfordshire village, this haunting play is about the local healing woman who became one of the last people convicted of witchcraft. A vivid exploration of sex, religion, nature, magic and persecution.

3rd — 30th November 2015 Out of the Fire

  • Venue: Oxford House, Derbyshire St, Bethnal Green, London E2 6HG
  • Organised by Sara Hannant
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This photographic installation re-enchants the power of fairy tales, transforming female characters from vintage Ladybird books through fire.

8th — 9th December 2015, 09:00—18:00 Second RAI History Conference, 1871-1918

History of the RAI 1871-1918

6th — 8th January 2016 Gender and Medieval Studies Conference 2016: Gender and Emotion

This conference seeks to explore the manifestations, performances and functions of emotion in the early to late Middle Ages, and to examine the ways in which emotion is gendered and used to construct gender identities.

8th — 12th January 2016 The Ritual Year 2016: Regulating Customs

  • Venue: Findhorn, Scotland
  • Organised by SIEF (International Society for Ethnology and Folklore)
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CALL FOR PAPERS:The Ritual Year 2016 Regulating Customs
The 12th Annual International conference of the SIEF working group on the Ritual Year, January 8-12 2016, Findhorn, Scotland

29th — 31st January 2016Death in Scotland

  • Venue: New College, Edinburgh
  • Organised by 2016 Death in Scotland Conference committee
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The 3rd Death in Scotland conference: “Death and Identity in Scotland from the Medieval to the Modern: beliefs, attitudes and practices”
Deadline 16 October 2015

2nd April 2016 Hidden Charms

A conference exploring magical protection of buildings. Tickets £30 in advance (£35 on door). To book, visit or email

6th — 8th May 2016, 09:00—17:00Charms, Charmers and Charmers: Innovation and Tradition

  • Venue: University of Cork
  • Organised by International Committee for Charms, Charmers and Charming
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The 9th Conference of the International Committee for Charms, Charmers and Charming. Call for Papers. Deadline 31 October 2015. More details from


Concealed revealed

​The Concealed Revealed, a strand of the Inner Lives: Emotion, Identity and the Supernatural, 1300-1900 Project, is hoping to produce an extensive catalogue of concealed objects and domestic apotropaic devices, from shoes and cats to timber marks, across Britain. Dr Ceri Houlbrook, of the University of Hertfordshire, is not only seeking information about these objects but is also aiming to interview their finders; to consider how the biographies of these objects continue once the concealed has been revealed. If you have any information you'd like to share, please email Ceri on, or visit the project website on

Consultation re new and additional forms of funding for The Folklore Society

Message from Robert McDowall, Vice-President: “At its meeting on 1 July 2015, the Folklore Society (“FLS”) Committee created a sub-group to examine opportunities for the generation of additional forms of revenue for the Society (other than revenue generated in partnership with Taylor & Francis). The sub-group invites FLS members and supporters to submit their suggestions and proposals, using this template. The consultation period ends on 30 September 2015. The sub-group will evaluate the feasibility of the proposals received and submit the “top 3” to the FLS Committee in December 2015 with a view to implementing the proposal(s) in 2016.”

Folklore query? Ask the Folklorists

Register with the Yahoo! Talking Folklore group set up by Steve Roud.

Journal of Ethnology and Folkloristics

A joint publication of the University of Tartu, the Estonian National Museum and the Estonian Literary Museum, now available free online.

Black Dog Database

Mark Norman is compiling a database of accounts of sightings of Black Dogs and will be very pleased if people can send contributions to

The English Folk Dance & Song Society (EFDSS)

EFDSS has become one of Arts Council England's Regularly Funded Organisations to receive £400,000 of funding over two years. The funding will enable EFDSS to become a national development agency for folk music and set up a number of exciting new initiatives that will benefit the folk sector. For further information, please contact EFDSS Marketing Director, Sophia Linehan.