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Death, Burial and the Afterlife: Virtual Special Issue 2, 2012

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Virtual Special Issues of Folklore are selections of articles on specific themes, hand picked by our editor Patricia Lysaght, with a podcast introduction by our reviews editor Juliette Wood, and a list of featured articles and further reading. The articles are all free for Folklore Society members to download. Listen to the podcast Featured Articles from Folklore...

Folklore of War and Peace: Virtual Special Issue 9, 2018

Virtual Special Issues of Folklore are selections of articles from our journal on specific themes hand picked by the editor, Jessica Hemming, with a podcast introduction by reviews editor Juliette Wood, and a list of featured articles and further reading. These articles are all free for Folklore Society members to download. Listen to the podcast...

Folklore and Arthurian Traditions: Virtual Special Issue 3, 2013

Virtual Special Issues of Folklore are selections of articles on specific themes hand picked by our editor Patricia Lysaght, with a podcast introduction by our reviews editor Juliette Wood, and a reading list of featured articles. All the articles are free to download by members of The Folklore Society. Listen to the podcast Featured articles from Folklore...

Folklore and Anthropology: Virtual Special Issue 6, 2015

Virtual Special Issues of Folklore are selections of articles from our journal on a specific theme, hand picked by our editor Jessica Hemming, with a podcast introduction by our reviews editor Juliette Wood, and a list of featured articles and further reading. All the featured articles are free to download by Folklore Society members Listen to...

Cryptozoology and Fabulous Beasts: Virtual Special Issue 7, 2016

Virtual Special Issues of Folklore are selections of articles from our journal on specific themes, hand picked by our editor Jessica Hemming, with a podcast introduction by Juliette Wood, and a list of featured articles and further reading. The Articles are all free to download by members of The Folklore Society. Excerpt from the podcast Belief...

Dragons: Virtual Special Issue 11, 2020

Virtual Special Issues of Folklore are selections of articles on specific themes from our journal, hand picked by our editor Jessica Hemming. With a podcast introduction by Juliette Wood, and a bibliography of featured articles and further reading. All the articles are free to download by members of The Folklore Society. Excerpt from the Dragons podcast...

Folklore and Paganism: Virtual Special Issue 5, 2014

Folklore Virtual Special Issues are selections of articles on specific themes published in our journal, selected by our editor Jessica Hemming, and introduced in a podcast written and read by Juliette Wood. Listen to the podcast and check out the list of featured articles and further reading. The articles are all free for Folklore Society...

Early British Women Folklorists: Virtual Special Issue 4, 2013

Virtual Special Issues are selections of articles from our journal Folklore on various themes, hand picked by our editor, Jessica Hemming. These articles are free to access by members of The Folklore Society. Featured Articles in Folklore, about, and by, Early British Women Folklorists Charlotte Sophia Burne … part 1, by Gillian Bennett & Gordon Ashman, vol....

Folklore, Religion and Contemporary Spirituality: Virtual Special Issue 1, 2011

Folklore Virtual Special Issues are unique collections of articles, editorials, and podcasts, handpicked by the editor. Each issue examines a particular theme within the discipline of folklore, offering original insights into a range of fascinating and curious topics. The special editor of this Folklore, Religion and Contemporary Spirituality VSI is Marion Bowman. Listen to the...

Fairy Traditions: Virtual Special Issue 8, 2017

Folklore Virtual Special Issues are unique collections of articles, editorials, and podcasts, handpicked by the journal editor Jessica Hemming. Each issue examines a particular theme within the discipline of folklore, offering original insights into a range of fascinating and curious topics. Listen to Juliette Wood’s 2017 podcast introduction to the list of featured articles from...

Aquatic Beings: Virtual Special Issue 10, 2019

Listen to Folklore‘s Virtual Special Issue 2019 podcast on Aquatic Beings, and check out the featured articles related to the podcast below. These articles are free to access by members of The Folklore Society. Articles chosen by the Editor, Jessica Hemming, and podcast written and read by Juliette Wood. Excerpt from the podcast: ‘Traditions about the...

"I Cannot Find the Hanged Man"

Download Dr Juliette Wood’s podcast of her Katharine Briggs Lecture 2020, “I Cannot Find the Hanged Man”: Tarot Cards in Fantastic Fiction, which was postponed from November 2020 to 23 February 2021 at 17:00 as an online event. Click here for a PowerPoint of selected slides from the lecture...

Intimacies and Intimations, by David Hopkin

Intimacies and Intimations: Storytelling between Servants and Masters A Public Lecture for The Folklore Society by Dr David Hopkin (Hertford College, University of Oxford), 26 February 2014, at The Warburg Institute Recording by Doc Rowe, by kind permission....

Sir Terry Pratchett in conversation with Dr Jacqueline Simpson in 2010

Podcasts Recorded at the Annual Discworld Convention, August 2010, by Routledge representatives. Routledge publishes Folklore, the official journal of The Folklore Society. Suggested Further Reading If you’re interested in finding out more about some of the topics discussed in the podcast, why not take a look at some suggested further reading from Folklore? All articles...

A Postcard to Commemorate George Washington’s Birthday

Among the Archives and Collections of the Folklore Society is a large postcard album given by Mrs Barbara Aitken (née Freire-Marreco) who was an active member of the Society at the beginning of the twentieth century. One of her main interests was American culture and this album contains postcards of Native American subjects, especially the...

Christmas

For the first three centuries of Christianity, there was no liturgical feast specifically celebrating the physical birth of Jesus Christ. On 6 January, however, the Eastern Church centred on Constantinople celebrated the Epiphany (i.e. ‘manifestation’ or ‘revelation’) of Christ’s divine nature by the supernatural events at his baptism, and at some point they added a...

Tarasque

Throughout Provence, the most southerly part of France, there was a strong medieval tradition that the region was converted to Christianity soon after the death of Jesus, not by one of the apostles but by his personal friends – the family from Bethany, consisting of Mary Magdalene, Martha, and their brother Lazarus, together with two...

The Pearly Festival

In her autobiography Round About Three Palace Green, written when its author was fifty years of age, Estella Canziani referred to her extensive interests and experiences:- ‘One day I might be talking to a real crowned king or queen, and the next to a pearly king or to a queen crowned with feathers in an English...

Valentines

The story of St Valentine’s Day begins with some unknown medieval birdwatchers, probably in France rather than England, who reckoned that birds begin mating in mid-February, and decided to give this a precise date: 14 February. (They may have followed some folk tradition – in Slovenia this is still said to be the first day...