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

War in Legend and Tradition

  • 6th — 7th September 2014
  • Fort Amherst, Chatham, Kent
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Call for Papers

If you would like to present a paper or contribute in other ways, please contact

With guns and drums and drums and guns, hurrah! Humming barrack-room ballads they march, flanked by the Comrade in…

More events coming up: The Last Drut’syla? A traditional Jewish storyteller in postwar Europe, The Katharine Briggs Memorial Lecture 2014 and the Katharine Briggs Book Award, Folklore: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, Calendar Customs and Seasonal Events

Folklore Society News

Jacqueline Simpson on The Folklore of Discworld at the London Fortean Society

31st July 2014 – London Fortean Society—Jacqueline Simpson on the Folklore of Discworld
The Vaults at Dirty Dicks, 202 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4NR.  7.30pm for 8pm start. £3/£2 concessions. Tickets from…

Estella Canziani Post-graduate Bursary for Research 2014

We are very pleased to announce that this year's Bursary was awarded to Cristina Elena Clopot to assist with her research project: “Liminal Identities for Migrants in Romania—A Case Study on Russian Lipovans”. Congratulations Cristina

New:  Folklore Society Non-Print Media Award

We are pleased to call for entries for our newly established “Non-print Media Award”, a biennial prize of £150 for a non-print media publication (CD/DVD) on folklore. Eligible entries must be in English language, and published in the UK or…

The Katharine Briggs Lecture and Book Award 2014

The Katharine Briggs Award winner will be announced at a reception following the Katharine Briggs Lecture by Prof. Diane Goldstein, 19 November 2014 at The Warburg Institute, 6.30 pm

Folklore Events and Calls for Papers

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12th September 2014 Out of the Box!

SIEF Golden Jubilee Symposium & Extraordinary General Assembly

5th — 10th October 2014Karachay-Balkar People

  • Venue: 32-A, Leninski Prospekt, Moscow, Russian Academy of Sciences Building
  • Organised by International Workshop & Conference "Ethnogenesis
  • Contact:

International Workshop and Conference “Ethnogenesis, Ethnic and Socio-Political History, Origin of Language and Culture of the Karachay-Balkar People” in the framework of the Forum “Historical and Cultural Legacy of Eurasian Peoples”

22nd — 24th October 2014We are the Folk: Rethinking Folklore in the Twenty-First Century


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.