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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…

Francis Young on St Edmund

Francis Young was talking about his article on St Edmund in popular memory, recently published in Folklore vol. 126, on BBC Radio 4's Making History programme, Tuesday 4 August 2015.

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Norman Peacock

We are very sad to report the death on 10 August of Norman Peacock, Morris and sword dance researcher and long-time donor to The Folklore Society.

Folklore vol.126, no.2, 2015

Folklore vol.126/2, 2015, now out.
Contents: On Mermaids, Meroveus and Melusine, by Gregory Darwin; An Irish Motif in 'Guta saga', by Kristen Mills;
St Edmund, King and Martyr in Popular Memory since the Reformation, by Francis Young; Edmund…

William John Thoms

William John Thoms (1803-1885) was a founder member of The Folklore Society and coined the word 'folk-lore' in English. Read Stephen Winick's 'He coined the word “Folk-Lore”' on Library of Congress 'Folklife Today' blog, and see also…