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The Sky in Legend and Tradition

  • 4th and 5th September 2021
  • Medieval Hall, Cathedral Close, Salisbury SP1 2EY

The Sky in Legend and Tradition

The Fifteenth Legendary Weekend of The Folklore Society

Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th September 2021

The Medieval Hall in Cathedral Close, Salisbury SP1 2EY

Calling occupants of interplanetary craft! The flying pigs are knocking on Heaven’s door while thunderbirds circle the Merry Dancers and a woman standing on the moon bends over Endymion. Dragons release thunderbolts as parachuting nuns descend on Area 51.  We’re walking in the air with flying ointment at the back of the North Wind when what to my wondering eyes should appear but a firedrake on a flying carpet. Horse and hattock! call the broomstick witches – Icarus is felled by elfshot but the Night Voyage is bright as St. Elmo’s fire on Jacob’s ladder, Bifrost trembles and a third part of the stars flame amazement. Let Phaethon saddle Pegasus and the Wild Huntsman chase Seven Whistlers through the Pearly Gates, for these late eclipses of the sun and moon are no twinkling little stars. Waft her, angels, to the skies where rain goes away in the sundance of Easter morning, there are gremlins in the chariots of the gods but Fata Morgana is buying us a stairway to Heaven. Fear no more the lightning flash, a cloud of incense wreaths the oracular birds and what is the right ascendant but the love that moves the sun and the other stars.

Confirmed speakers:

Diana Coles, Aliens at Heaven’s Gate

Ernie Warner, Creation myths of the sky

Fionnuala Carson Williams, Sailors’ jackets and mackerel skies… a look at the sky in weather sayings in Ireland

Tommy Kuusela, The rainbow in Scandinavian myths and legends: From Old Norse mythology to rural folklore of the 19th century

Hazel Barron-Cooper, Dragon skies over Northumbria and Durham

Gail-Nina Anderson, Comets and Stars in Art

Gordon Casely, A place name on Mars

Sara Hannant, ‘Lunation’: about the moon

David Clarke, Nigel Kneale, Quatermass and the Ancient Astronauts legend.

Janet Dowling, Myths of the Pleiades

Imogen Malpas, TBC

Lucy Hornberger, Japan’s Shinto sky gods and goddesses

Michael Abiodun Saheed, Sky: examining Yoruba concepts through psychology

Conference fees: £30 for speakers, £60 for others attending, or £40 single day rate.

Registration opens Wednesday 30 June via Eventbrite.

Please contact Jeremy Harte, Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey KT17 1UF. 020 8394 1734, [email protected] with any queries or to register your interest.