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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.

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Folklore and the Nation

  • Friday 29 to Sunday 31 March 2019
  • University of Derby, 1 Friar Gate Square, Derby, DE1 1DZ, UK

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Folklore and the Nation The annual conference of The Folklore Society, and Annual General Meeting, hosted by the University of Derby, 1 Friar Gate Square, Derby DE1 1DZ, UK Friday 29–Sunday 31 March 2019 Keynote speaker: Prof. Terry Gunnell (University of Iceland): “Grimm Ripples: The Role of the Grimms’ Deutsche Sagen in the Collection and Creation...

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Broadside Day

  • Date: 23rd Feb 2019
  • University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

"The Broadside Day is our annual one-day conference covering street literature in all its fascinating aspects – broadsides, chapbooks, songsters, woodcuts, engravings, last-dying speeches, catchpennies, wonder-tales, almanacs, fortune-tellers, and all kinds of cheap printed material sold to ordinary people in city streets, at country fairs, and from pedlar’s packs up and down th...

Library Lecture: Invisible Music: Angela Carter and Folk Song by Polly Paulusma

  • Date: 20th Mar 2019
  • Cecil Sharp House

"It is a surprisingly little-known fact that the novelist Angela Carter was a folk singer in the 1960s second-wave folk revival. A newly unearthed archive reveals that she not only co-founded a folk club in the 1960s with her first husband, folk producer Paul Carter, but that she also sang there fortnightly for several years. This lecture will firstly collate some of the evidence...

Underground Folklore of England

  • Date: 9th Apr 2019
  • Kensington Central Library Lecture Theatre

In this illustrated talk Antony Clayton, author of Secret Tunnels of England: Folklore & Fact and The Folklore of London will uncover various examples of unusual underground folklore across England, including the mysterious Green Children of Woolpit, the Knockers of Cornish mining folklore, fiddlers vanishing underground, buried treasure, fabled secret tunnels and treacle mines....

Library Lecture: “I am longing for another voyage of discovery in the summer”: The Gill brothers and their collecting of folk songs from the Isle of Man (1894-94) by Stephen Miller

  • Date: 17th Apr 2019
  • Cecil Sharp House

"The Gill brothers, W.H. Gill (1839–1923) and Deemster J.F. Gill (1842–99) have remained marginalised and neglected figures in the collecting of Manx folk song, overshadowed by A.W. Moore (1853–1909), whose own Manx Ballads and Music appeared in 1896, and by Dr John Clague (1842–1908), whose collection was published in large part in the Journal of the Folk-Song Society betwe...

Conference: Certaine Wytches

  • Start date: 24th Apr 2019
  • End date: 24th Apr 2019
  • Reed Hall, University of Exeter, Streatham Drive, Exeter, Devon, EX4 4QR

10am-5pm At: Reed Hall, University of Exeter, Streatham Drive, Exeter, Devon, EX4 4QR Tickets: £35 (£25 concession) Organised by Devon Guild of Craftsmen, with support from University of Exeter Arts and Culture team, this day long event will bring academics and artists together to shed further light on the history of witchcraft in Exeter, Devon and beyond, and on the symbolism,...

Swedish herding call – weekend course for beginners

  • Start date: 24th Aug 2019
  • End date: 25th Aug 2019
  • Björnunda, Sweden

Kulning is an old voice technique used in Swedish and Norwegian summer farms long ago. It was a way for calling the cattle and communicating with other people over long distances. You use a very high, strong and powerful voice when you Kular, and in a quiet forest it can be heard for kilometers. Everyone can find their own powerful voice, so no special singing voice is needed in lea...

6th International Conference on Medicinal Practices: Herbal, Holistic and Traditional

  • Start date: 26th Aug 2019
  • End date: 27th Aug 2019
  • Dubai, UAE

We stretch out to warm welcome to our 6th International Conference on Medicinal Practices: Herbal, Holistic and Traditional to be held from August 26-27, 2019 Dubai, UAE. Medicinal Practices 2019 pursuits to acquire leading educational scientists, researchers, and research college students to exchange & proportion their reports and research results about all components of Me...

Stepping On: A conference on stepping in dance across the British Isles and beyond

  • Start date: 16th Nov 2019
  • End date: 17th Nov 2019
  • Cecil Sharp House

"The British Isles have a rich history of step dancing of many forms and in many contexts some of which are relatively well known and others largely lost. It is a history which goes back many centuries and links with traditions in other parts of the world. The aim of the conference is to further our knowledge and understanding, and to stimulate debate. The conference will be of inte...

Folklore Society News

Book Sale 27 February

We’re having another sale of second hand books, at very cheap prices, plus back issues of our journal Folklore from 1976 to 2013 (with some gaps) and remaining back stocks of FLS Books @£1.00 each. Wednesday 27 February, 17:00–19:45 at The Warburg Institute, in the Common Room. Email us at thefolkloresociety @gmail.com to let us know you’re...

The Katharine Briggs Award 2018

We are delighted to announce that the winner of this year’s Katharine Briggs Award is: Martin Graebe, for his book As I Walked Out: Sabine Baring-Gould and the Search for the Folk Songs of Devon and Cornwall (Signal Books). The Runner-up is:  David Atkinson, The Ballad and its Pasts: Literary Histories and the Play of...

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”


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...