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The Katharine Briggs Lecture and Book Award 2018

  • 7th November 2018
  • 17:30—20:00
  • The Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB
Richard Jenkins is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Sheffield, and won the Katharine Briggs Award in 2015 for his book Black Magic and Bogey Men


Regrettably, Prof. Dr Ulrika Wolf-Knuts has had to cancel her visit. This year’s Katharine Briggs Lecture will be given instead by Prof. Richard Jenkins (University of Sheffield):

“The Unfortunate Rake’s progress: a case-study of the construction of folklore by collectors and scholars.”

17:30 on Wednesday 7 November at The Warburg Institute.

After the lecture, our President Prof. Patricia Lysaght will read out the judges’ comments on the entries short listed for this year’s Katharine Briggs Award as well as the short list for our biennial Non-Print Media Award. The winners will be announced during a wine reception and buffet supper after the lecture, in the Common Room of the Warburg Institute, where all the entries for both awards will be on display.

To book, contact thefolkloresociety@gmail.com

The Katharine Briggs Award 2018: Short List (in alphabetical order)

David Atkinson, The Ballad and Its Pasts: Literary Histories and the Play of Memory (D.S. Brewer)

Hilary Coleman and Sally Burley, Hark! The Glad Sound of Cornish Carols (Francis Boutle)

Bairbre Ní Fhloinn, Cold Iron: Aspects of the Occupational Lore of Irish Fishermen (Four Courts)

Martin Graebe, As I Walked Out: Sabine Baring-Gould and the Search for the Folk Songs of Devon and Cornwall (Signal)

Gábor Klaniczay and Eva Pócs (eds), Witchcraft and Demonology in Hungary and Transylvania (Palgrave)

Michael Ostling (ed), Fairies, Demons, and Nature Spirits: ‘Small Gods’ at the Margins of Christendom (Palgrave)

Peter Tolhurst, This Hollow Land: Aspects of Norfolk Folklore (Black Dog)

Frances Wilkins, Singing the Gospel along Scotland’s North-East Coast, 1859-2009 (Routledge)

Francis Young, Peterborough Folklore (Lasse)


The Non-Print Media Award 2017-2018: Short List (in alphabetical order):

Michael Fortune, A Bird in the House, God Bless Her DVD

Jess Smith, A Sense of Identity DVD (Heart of the Travellers)

Rod Stradling, Freda Palmer: Leafield Lass CD (Musical Tradition)