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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)....

Book Sale: second hand folklore books and back issues of ‘Folklore’

The book sale will take place on Wednesday 11 April 2018, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at The Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB Lots of second hand folklore books, at bargain prices back stocks of some of our Folklore Society publications, also at bargain prices back issues of our journal ‘Folklore’ from 1976 onwards (£1.00 per...

Katharine Briggs Award 2017

We congratulate Christopher Josiffe as winner of our Katharine Briggs Award 2017 for his book Gef! The Strange Tale of an Extra-Special Talking Mongoose, published by Strange Attractor. The runner up was Dimitra Fimi, Celtic Myth in Contemporary Children’s Fantasy (Palgrave) Thank you to all the authors and publishers who entered their books for this year’s award. Here below are The Katharine...

Iona Opie (1923-2017)

 Doc Rowe We were extremely sad to hear of the death of Iona Opie. Iona, with husband Peter, conducted magnificent and enormous work into children’s folklore, with publications attesting to sympathetic, intelligent fieldwork and extensive reading. Her contribution in that field alone is of inestimable significance, and she has left researchers a vast archive of...

Katharine Briggs Award 2017—Short List

There were many, excellent books submitted for this year’s Award, and the judges have short listed the following entries: Bronner, Simon. Folklore: The Basics (Routledge, 2017) Constantine, Mary-Ann, and Éva Guillorel. Miracles & Murders: An Introductory Anthology of Breton Ballads (Oxford University Press, 2017) Davies, Owen, ed. The Oxford Illustrated History of Witchcraft & Magic (Oxford University Press, 2017) Dillion, Jacqueline. Thomas...

Venetia Newall

 Doc Rowe We are very sad to report the death of Dr Venetia Newall, past president of The Folklore Society and recipient of our Coote Lake Medal for folklore research. Her obituary will be be published in Folklore very soon. Gallery

Special award to Robert McDowall

A special award of an engraved goblet was presented on 31 March 2017 to Robert McDowall as a token of gratitude for his twenty years of devoted service to the Folklore Society, as President, vice-President and, especially, for his financial wizardry as Honorary Treasurer. Thank you Robert. We also record our grateful thanks to John Willmott,...