Devoted to the Study of Folklore and Tradition

The Folklore Society (FLS) is a learned society, based in London, devoted to the study of all aspects of folklore and tradition, including: ballads, folktales, fairy tales, myths, legends, traditional song and dance, folk plays, games, seasonal events, calendar customs, childlore and children's folklore, folk arts and crafts, popular belief, folk religion, material culture, vernacular language, sayings, proverbs and nursery rhymes, folk medicine, plantlore and weather lore.

Next Folklore Society Event

The Katharine Briggs Memorial Lecture 2014 and the Katharine Briggs Book Award

  • 19th November 2014
  • 18:30—21:00
  • The Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB
Photo D. Goldstein

“Cry, Lady, Cry”: Maternal Infanticide Narratives and the Vernacular Construction of Blame

by Professor Diane Goldstein, Director of the Folklore Institute, Indiana University.

After the lecture, there will be a wine reception and buffet…

More events coming up: Newer Researchers in Folklore Conference, Folklore: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, Calendar Customs and Seasonal Events

Folklore Society News

Eddie Cass

We are very sad to report the death, on 17 September, of Dr Eddie Cass, our vice-president and former president, and author of The Lancashire Pace-Egg Plays and The Pace-Egg Plays of the Calder Valley. He will be very much missed.

Don Yoder Graduate and William A. Wilson Undergraduate Paper Prizes—Call for Submissions

The Folk Belief and Religious Folklife Section of the American Folklore Society invites submissions for TWO student prizes:The Don Yoder Prize for the Best Graduate Student Paper in Folk Belief or Religious Folklife, with an honorarium of…

The Mari Llwyd in Wales

The Royal Anthropological Institute, Research Seminar

24 September 2014, 5.30-7.30 pm

Dr Juliette Wood: “The Mari Llwyd in Wales: Celebration as National…

Malcolm Taylor

Malcolm Taylor, OBE, now retired from his post as Director of the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, received The Folklore Society's Coote Lake Medal at his leaving party at Cecil Sharp House on Sunday 27 July 2014 from Folklore Society…

Folklore Events and Calls for Papers

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4th November 2014, 15:00—17:00 Jacqueline Simpson, ‘Folktales of England’

  • Venue: Room H149, University of Chichester, Bishop Otter Campus, PO19 6PE
  • Organised by Heather Robbins
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England has rather more folktales than people assume, including many local and migratory legends, though they are mainly Sagen not Märchen.
Tickets £5/£3 concesssions or free to University staff and students

21st January 2015, 17:15—18:30 Dr Steve O’Brien, ‘British and Irish Folktales’

  • Venue: Room H144, University of Chichester, Bishop Otter Campus, PO19 6PE
  • Organised by Heather Robbins
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Steve O’Brien will be presenting his latest work, a retelling of British and Irish folktales. Tickets £5/£3 concesssions or free to University staff and students.

21st — 22nd March 2015 Dance Disguised and Obscured

  • Venue: Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW
  • Organised by Dolmetsch Historical Dance Society
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Share the latest research in historical dance from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries, focussing primarily on practice. Workshops, papers and lecture-demonstrations exploring new material from sources and fresh insights into performance.

10th — 12th June 2015 Why Folkloristics?

  • Venue: University of Uppsala, Visby, Sweden
  • Organised by Dept of Cultural Anthropology & Ethnology
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Conference: Call for Papers deadline 15 December 2014


Folklore query? Ask the Folklorists

Register with the Yahoo! Talking Folklore group set up by Steve Roud.

Journal of Ethnology and Folkloristics

A joint publication of the University of Tartu, the Estonian National Museum and the Estonian Literary Museum, now available free online.

Black Dog Database

Mark Norman is compiling a database of accounts of sightings of Black Dogs and will be very pleased if people can send contributions to

The English Folk Dance & Song Society (EFDSS)

EFDSS has become one of Arts Council England's Regularly Funded Organisations to receive £400,000 of funding over two years. The funding will enable EFDSS to become a national development agency for folk music and set up a number of exciting new initiatives that will benefit the folk sector. For further information, please contact EFDSS Marketing Director, Sophia Linehan.