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…

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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