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Forthcoming Folklore Society Events

‘Dear Father Christmas’: Tracing the history of a folkloric custom

  • 13/12/2022
  • 18:00-19:30
  • Online talk

Dr Ceri Houlbrook (University of Hertfordshire) explores the tradition of children writing letters to Santa Claus. Online talk, Tuesday 13 December 2022, 18:00 This talk traces the history of the folkloric custom of writing letters to Santa Claus and other Western personifications of Christmas. When did it start? Where is it practiced? What folklore surrounds...

Gliding in the Churchway Paths: Corpse Roads and the Origins of the Right to Roam

  • 10/01/2023
  • 18:00-19:30
  • Online talk

Gliding in the Churchway Paths: Corpse Roads and the Origins of the Right to Roam A Folklore Society online talk, by Professor Stuart Dunn (King’s College London) Tuesday 10 January 2023, 18:00 Burial of the dead posed a problem in the medieval and early modern countryside: getting the body from the place of death to...

Spring-heeled Jack on the Continent

  • 21/02/2023
  • 18:00-19:30
  • Online talk

Spring-heeled Jack on the Continent A Folklore Society online talk by Dr Petr Janeček (Charles University, Prague) Tuesday 21 February 2023, 18:00 GMT Spring-heeled Jack is one of the most peculiar demonic beings of British folklore. Since the beginning of the 20th century, legends about this mysterious urban phantom reached Continental Europe and adapted to...

More new Folklore Society events coming soon!