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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

Fate and Prophecy in Legend and Tradition

  • 03-04/09/2022
  • 10:00-17:00
  • St John's Church Hall, Vicarage Lane, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire HA5 9AE

John William Waterhouse, The Crystal Ball (Wikimedia Commons)

The Sixteenth Legendary Weekend of The Folklore Society Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September 2022 at St John’s Church Hall, Vicarage Lane, Knaresborough CALL FOR PAPERS/PRESENTATIONS When the tree withers in my mother’s garden, know that the end is nigh and seven signs before Doomsday will darken the obsidian mirror. The third age of the...

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“In the Beginning all Wisdom was with the Animals”– Exploring Native American MythsFolklore for AllContemporary Latin AmericaThe Katharine Briggs Lecture and Award 2022

Folklore Society News

Princess: BBC Sounds podcast with Juliette Wood

In this episode of BBC R4’s Princess series, our own Dr Juliette Wood and MP Stella Creasy talk with Anita Anand about the origins and folklore of Walt Disney’s Princesses, including Elsa from Frozen; first broadcast 4 July 2022, listen again on BBC Sounds: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0cjrpx7

A Message in Support of the People of Ukraine

A Message in Support of the People of Ukraine from The Folklore Society As a learned society long concerned with the everyday, overlooked and subtle ways that we make meaning in our lives and identities, we offer solidarity to our colleagues and friends in Ukraine at this most difficult time. The threat posed by authoritarian...

Wiki Loves Folklore competition 2022

15 March is the deadline for uploading entries to the Wiki Loves Folklore competition 2022. Find out more about the competition, prizes and rules at: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Folklore_2022 We’re inviting folklorists who upload entries to Wiki Loves Folklore to also send them to us at thefolkloresociety @ gmail.com, so that we can share some of them on...

Online talk tonight 22 Feb at 18:00

The Sin-Eater: Lives and Afterlives Online talk by Helen Frisby Tuesday 22 February, 18:00-19:30 Tickets £5.00 (£3.00 for Folklore Society members with Promo Code), from https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-sin-eater-lives-and-afterlives-tickets-174132343527 Log in to the Members’ Only area to get the Promo code and don’t forget to click ‘Apply’

Estella Canziani Post-graduate Bursary for Research 2022

We are very pleased to announce the award of Canziani bursaries to: Jessica Lloyd (PhD candidate, University of Nottingham): ‘Folklore and identity in Southwest England’, and Georgina Rowe (PhD candidate, University of Birmingham): ‘No longer “unwritten:” British traditional folk music and the archive’

Winner of our Non-Print Media Award 2021

We are very pleased to announce that our biennial Non-Print Media Award was won by Iorram (Boat Song), documentary directed by Alastair Cole (Tongue Tied Films, 2021). Congratulations   We also congratulate the Runner-up: Henry Glassie: Fieldwork, documentary directed by Pat Collins (Harvest Films/South Wind Blows, 2019)

Jonathan Hui Wins the Katharine Briggs Award 2021

We are delighted to announce that the winner of The Katharine Briggs Award 2021 is Jonathan Y. H. Hui, Vilmundar saga viðutan. The Saga of Vilmundur the Outsider, published by The Viking Society for Northern Research. Congratulations Jonathan.   We also congratulate the joint Runners-up: Julian Goodare and Martha McGill (eds.), The Supernatural in Early...

Katharine Briggs Lecture and Awards Shortlists

Tonight, 16 November 2021, at 6 pm, The Katharine Briggs Lecture, online: Prof. Ian Russell: “‘Peace o’er the World:’ Christmas Carolling in the Hope Valley.” More details:  https://folklore-society.com/event/the-katharine-briggs-lecture-and-awards-2021/   Tickets are free; book via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/peace-oer-the-world-christmas-carolling-in-the-hope-valley-tickets-180436750177   After the lecture, we will announce the winners of this year’s Katharine Briggs Award and our Non-Print Media...

Indexes to Folklore, 1878-1957 and 1958-1967

You can now download pdf files of scans of Wilfrid Bonser’s 2 indexes to Folklore, Folk-Lore Record and Folk-Lore Journal from our Resources page: A Bibliography of folklore contained in the first eighty years of the publications of the Folklore Society, by Wilfrid Bonser, 1961: https://folklore-society.com/resources/a-bibliography-of-folklore-index1878-1957/ A Bibliography of folklore for 1958-1967, by Wilfrid Bonser, 1969: https://folklore-society.com/resources/a-bibliography-of-folklore-1958-1967/

Estella Canziani Post-graduate Bursary for Research

Applications are now being accepted for our 2022 Estella Canziani Post-graduate Bursary for Research, worth up to £1,000. Deadline: Friday 3 December 2021 Click here for more information on how to apply. Here’s a report from Elena Sottilotta, recipient of our 2021 Canziani Bursary, on her field research in Italy on “Women Writing Folklore: Politics of...

FLS Library New Accessions Jan 2020-Sept 2021

Download a spreadsheet of the new books we have added to our Folklore Society Library at University College London Library between January 2020 and September 2021. Contact us at [email protected] for information on how to borrow books from our collection. FLS Library Accessions Jan 2020 to Sept 2021 We are very grateful to Andrew Watson...

The Katharine Briggs Award 2021 Shortlist

We are pleased to announce the shortlist for this year’s Katharine Briggs Award. In alphabetical order, the shortlisted entries are: Lesley Coote, Storyworlds of Robin Hood: The Origins of a Medieval Outlaw (Reaktion Books) Julian Goodare and Martha McGill (eds.), The Supernatural in Early Modern Scotland (Manchester University Press) Jonathan Y. H. Hui, Vilmundar saga...


Courses in Folklore Studies

Here’s a selection of courses and classes on folklore studies at various different levels ranging from learning for fun to Masters and PhD. PhD in Folklore, Contemporary Legend, Film & Media, at Sheffield Hallam University PhD opportunities in folklore, contemporary legend, film & media at the Centre for Culture Media and Society (CCMS), Sheffield Hallam...

Fund-Raising for The Folklore Society

Following our move to 50 Fitzroy Street, the Society’s annual costs for office accommodation have significantly increased, so we are inviting all members and friends of The Folklore Society to support us by making donations via our Charities Aid Foundation page at CAF Donate: https://cafdonate.cafonline.org/11322

Folklore query? Ask the Folklorists

If you have a folklore enquiry, email us at thefolkloresociety @gmail.com and we will try our best to answer it or to refer you to someone else who can. Follow us on Twitter @FolkloreSociety and on our Folklore Society Facebook page

Vaughan Williams Memorial Library

The Vaughan Williams Memorial Library (VWML) is England’s designated library and archive dedicated to English folk song and dance. Located at Cecil Sharp House, the home of the English Folk Dance & Song Society, it contains an inspiring collection of books, sound, film, photographs, and special archival collections. A number of the VWML’s archival collections and other important...

Other Folklore Events and Calls for Papers

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[CALL FOR CHAPTERS] Seeking the Kokota’ay: An Ethnography of the Elusive Little Men of Taiwan

  • Start date: 20th Jun 2022
  • End date: 31st Aug 2022
  • This is a Call for Chapters

I am putting together a multidisciplinary edited volume on the "Little People" myths of Taiwan (and the Asia Pacific in general) and am looking for someone to write a chapter on the psychological significance of these seemingly ubiquitous myths, and on the symbology and meaning of these stories of "Little People", without delving into pseudo-science. Contact [email protected]

2022 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society

  • Start date: 12th Oct 2022
  • End date: 15th Oct 2022
  • Hyatt Regency Tulsa

The 2022 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society will be held October 12-15, in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the Hyatt Regency Tulsa. The theme of the meeting is Re-Centering the Periphery. (link: https://americanfolkloresociety.org/our-work/meeting/2022-meeting/2022-afs-annual-meeting-theme/) Proposal submission: March 1–March 31, 2022 On October 12, 2022, the American Fol...