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Previous Folklore Society Events

Henry Glassie and Doc Rowe in Conversation

  • 06/07/2021
  • 18:00-19:30
  • Online talk

Following a recent documentary film portrait of the celebrated American folklorist and ethnologist Henry Glassie, ‘Henry Glassie: Field Work’, the Folklore Society are pleased to host a conversation with Henry himself and Doc Rowe, himself a dedicated field worker in folklore and tradition in the UK. We will host this event via Zoom and there...

The Strange History of Mother Shipton

  • 22/06/2021
  • 18:00-19:30
  • Online talk

Prof. Richard Jenkins (University of Sheffield) asks ‘Who was Mother Shipton? Was she a real person? How did she end up as the theme of a visitor attraction in Knaresborough, Yorkshire?’ This talk will trace the development of ‘Mother Shipton’ as a legendary figure: from the prophetess of seventeenth-century Civil War pamphlets, to the presiding...

The Suburban Boggart: The Survival and Revival of a Manchester monster

  • 13/07/2021
  • 18:00-19:30
  • Online talk

Dr Ceri Houlbrook (University of Hertfordshire), will talk about the Boggart of Boggart Hole Clough, Manchester. The Boggart was living quite happily in its nineteenth-century rural dell. But what happened when its rural dell became a Manchester suburb? Not far from the little snug smoky village of Blakeley, or Blackley, there lies one of the...

Old Clem! Blow the fire, blow the fire: St Clement’s Day and Dickens

  • 08/06/2021
  • 18:00-19:30
  • Online talk

Online talk by Dr Paul Cowdell (University of Hertfordshire), Tuesday 8 June 2021, 18:00–19:30 November 23rd is St Clement’s day. The patron saint of blacksmiths, his day was celebrated by processions, dinners, effigies, poetry and appeals for money at village forges and, more rowdily, at dockyard smithies. It also merged with similar celebrations 2 days...

Mermaids: Fish, Flesh or Fowl

  • 04/05/2021
  • 18:00-19:30
  • Online talk

An online talk by Sophia Kingshill, Tuesday 4 May 2021, 18:00-19:30 GMT What is a mermaid? Nothing so simple as a woman with a fish’s tail. Mythology, symbolism, literature, art, folktale and ballad have all influenced her development, and male attitudes to women are key to both her vulnerability and her power.   The mermaid’s...

Folklore, Learning and Literacies conference

  • 21-23/05/2021
  • Friday 21 to Sunday 23 May. from 09:30 to 17:30 GMT
  • Online conference

The rescheduled Folklore, Learning and Literacies conference will be online, Friday 21 to Sunday 23 May 2021 Keynote speaker: Prof. Michael Rosen: ‘”Don’t say that!” – how my parents negotiated Yiddish.’  (Friday 21st) In this talk, Michael Rosen explores how his parents who had both come from Yiddish-speaking households, retained many Yiddish phrases and words...