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…

Calendar Customs and Seasonal Events conference

We had a really good turn out to hear lots of great papers at our conference at the University of Exeter, 26-28 June. Thanks to our keynote speaker Nick Groom, we were entertained brilliantly on Friday evening by the Ramsley Pace-Eggers (see…

Jacqueline Simpson and Sir Terry Pratchett

Dr Jacqueline Simpson's obituary for Sir Terry Pratchett, who died 12 March 2015, will appear in the August issue of our journal Folklore.

A conversation about folklore between Sir Terry and Jacqueline was recorded in 2010. 

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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!