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Previous Folklore Society Events

Fairy-stricken in Iran

  • 21/09/2021
  • 18:00-19:30
  • Online talk

Shara Atashi, freelance writer and translator, will tell of the Persian poet Fayez-e Dashti, known as the “fairy-stricken vagabond.” The legend of Fayez was put together by the people of Bushehr from the poet’s  double-couplets, in which he sang of the visitation of a fairy, his falling in love with her, their bond, his breaking...

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....

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...