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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

Folklore and the Nation

  • Friday 29 to Sunday 31 March 2019
  • University of Derby

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Call for papers Folklore and the Nation The annual conference of The Folklore Society Friday 29–Sunday 31 March 2019 University of Derby United Kingdom   The nation surges with newfound rhetorical power. The last 25 years have seen parliamentary devolution, the Scottish independence referendum and the proposed withdrawal from the European Union, all within the...

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Folklore Society News

The Katharine Briggs Award 2018

Congratulations to Martin Graebe, winner of this year’s Katharine Briggs Award, for his book “As I Walked Out: Sabine Baring Gould and the Search for the Folk Songs of Devon and Cornwall” (published by Signal Books) The runner-up was David Atkinson, “The Ballad and its Pasts: Literary Histories and the Play of Memory” (published by D.S....

The Folklore Society’s Non-Print Media Award 2017-2018

Congratulations to Jess Smith, winner of our biennial Non-print Media Award, for her DVD “A Sense of Identity”

FLS News, the newsletter of the Folklore Society: Call for Contributions

Dr Jacqueline Simpson, editor FLS News would like to encourage more people to contribute short pieces for publication in our newsletter, which is sent to members of The Folklore Society three times a year. She is especially interested in receiving items on folklore from social media and the web (provided there are no copyright issues)....

Estella Canziani Bursary for Post-graduate Research

We are pleased to announce that this year’s bursary was awarded to Leah Stuttard for her research into “A History of Improvisation in the Medieval Music Revival”

Announcements

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 marks, across Britain. Dr Ceri Houlbrook, of the University of Hertfordshire, is not only seeking information about these objects but is also aiming to...

Consultation re new and additional forms of funding for The Folklore Society

Message from Robert McDowall, Vice-President: “At its meeting on 1 July 2015, the Folklore Society (“FLS”) Committee created a sub-group to examine opportunities for the generation of additional forms of revenue for the Society (other than revenue generated in partnership with Taylor & Francis). The sub-group invites FLS members and supporters to submit their suggestions and proposals, using this template. The consultation period ends on...

Folklore query? Ask the Folklorists

Register with the Yahoo! Talking Folklore group set up by Steve Roud.

Black Dog Database

Mark Norman is compiling a database of accounts of sightings of Black Dogs and will be very pleased if people can send contributions to Mark@viewfindervideo.co.uk

Journal of Ethnology and Folkloristics

A joint publication of the University of Tartu, the Estonian National Museum and the Estonian Literary Museum, now available free online. Read more

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...