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. 

listen again…

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.


Non-Print Media Award 2014

We're very happy to announce that the winner of our inaugural Non-Print Media Award 2014 was presented to Rod Stradling for Old Fashioned Songs: Cecilia Costello; Musical Traditions [Double CD ]

Here are the judges' comments: 

This recent…