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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,...

Non-print Media Award

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2016 biennial Non-Print Media Award is Rod Stradling of Musical Traditions for his 2 CD set of Sam Larner: Cruising Round Yarmouth (MTCD369-0)

Katharine Briggs Award

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Katharine Briggs Award was won by Lizanne Henderson for her book Witchcraft and Folk Belief in the Age of the Enlightenment: Scotland, 1670-1740 (Palgrave). The runner-up was Éamonn Ó Tuathail (ed.),  Sgéalta Mhuintir Luinigh. Munterloney Folktales. Irish Tradition from Co. Tyrone (Comhairle Bhéaloideas Éireann/An Cumann le Béaloideas Éireann).

The Katharine Briggs Award 2016: Short List

Of the nineteen entries this year, the judges short listed the following six books (in alphabetical order): Lizanne Henderson, Witchcraft and Folk Belief in the Age of Enlightenment: Scotland, 1670–1740 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). Sophia Kingshill, Mermaids (Little Toller Books, 2015). Carolyne Larrington, The Land of the Green Man: A Journey through the Supernatural Landscapes of...