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

Folklore Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

  • 17th — 19th April 2015
  • Sheffield University, Halifax Hall, Endcliffe Vale Rd, Sheffield S10 3ER, UK

In Britain, as elsewhere, folklore is currently in a peculiar position. Popular interest has rarely been greater. Scholarly research and publication continue. Given its foundation in comparative methodologies, folklore is ideally placed to…

More events coming up: Calendar Customs and Seasonal Events, Photography, Folklore and Some Confusions, Law and Crime in Legend and Tradition

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Storytelling and Activism

Symposium, George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling, Cardiff. 24-25 April 2015

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The Katharine Briggs Lecture 2014

Diane Goldstein, '“Cry, Lady, Cry!” Maternal Infanticide Narratives and the Vernacular Construction of Blame', 19 November 2014 at The Warburg Institute.

Many thanks Diane for a wonderful lecture

Newer Researchers in Folklore 20 Nov 2014

Many thanks to Diane Goldstein and all the participants in our Newer Researchers' one-day conference. Lots of new ideas were shared, contacts made and plans begun for further ventures. Let's do it again next year!

The Katharine Briggs Award 2014

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2014 Katharine Briggs Award is David Atkinson, for his book The Anglo-Scottish Ballad and its Imaginary Contexts, published by OpenBook Publishers. Congratulations David.

Runners-up:…

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8th April 2015, 19:00—21:00 Debunking Robin Hood - A Talk by Professor Ronald Hutton

  • Venue: Swedenborg House, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London
  • Organised by The Crick Crack Club Talks
  • Contact: laura@crickcrackclub.com.

Revered history lecturer and author, Professor Ronald Hutton, examines the archetypal figure of the Outlaw Hero, using its most famous exponent as an example. Why is Robin so famous? How long has his legend existed? And…did he actually exist?

10th — 12th June 2015 Why Folkloristics?

  • Venue: University of Uppsala, Visby, Sweden
  • Organised by Dept of Cultural Anthropology & Ethnology
  • Contact: Owe.Ronstrom@etnologi.uu.se.

Conference: Call for Papers deadline 15 December 2014

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

Call for papers: History of the RAI 1871-1918

Send title and Abstract to admin@therai.org.uk by 15 June 2015

Announcements

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 m.norman@exeter.ac.uk.

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.