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Previous Folklore Society Events

Mermaids: Fish, Flesh or Fowl

  • 30/11/2021
  • 18:00-19:30
  • Online talk

By popular demand, another chance to hear Sophia Kingshill’s talk Mermaids: Fish, Flesh or Fowl,  online on Tuesday 30 November 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...

The Katharine Briggs Lecture and Awards 2021

  • 16/11/2021
  • 18:00-19:30
  • Online

This year’s Katharine Briggs Lecture will be given online on Tuesday 16 November, 18:00-19:00 by Prof. Ian Russell (The Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen) ‘Peace o’er the World’: Christmas Carolling in the Hope Valley For well over two and a half centuries the performance of distinctive carols has been a feature of the seasonal holiday...

Brother Workmen: Solidarity in Trade Folklore

  • 02/11/2021
  • 19.00-20.30
  • online event

    CHANGE OF LOCATION: NOW ONLINE ONLY Owing to the rising numbers of Covid infections, we have decided to cancel the live event and host the lecture Online Only. The lecture is free: book tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/brother-workmen-solidarity-in-trade-folklore-the-roy-palmer-lecture-2021-tickets-162987998491 In association with Martin Graebe for the roypalmerlecture.org, The Folklore Society is hosting the 2021 Roy Palmer...

“I was Satan’s Roadie”: Tracking the Devil in English Local Lore

  • 26/10/2021
  • 18:00-19:30
  • Online talk

Jeremy Harte (Curator, Bourne Hall Museum, Ewell, and author of the forthcoming Cloven Country: Legends of the Devil in England) talks about the Devil in local legends. ‘I was Satan’s roadie:’ Tracking the Devil in English local lore Part ogre, part buffoon, the Devil of local legend is very different from the theological one. Where...

Presidential Address and Annual General Meeting 2021

  • 12/10/2021
  • 17.30-19.30
  • 50 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 5BT

Prof. Owen Davies’ Presidential Address 2021: ‘Finding the Folklore in the Annals of Psychiatry’ Before psychoanalysts delved into the realm of fairy-tales during the twentieth century, early psychiatrists had been busy analysing and diagnosing a range of folklore beliefs. They considered the belief in fairies, witches, ghosts, and devils to be archaic and intellectually redundant....