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

Folklore Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

  • 17th — 19th April 2015
  • Sheffield University, Halifax Hall, Endcliffe Vale Rd, Sheffield S10 3ER, UK

In Britain, as elsewhere, folklore is currently in a peculiar position. Popular interest has rarely been greater. Scholarly research and publication continue. Given its foundation in comparative methodologies, folklore is ideally placed to…

More events coming up: Calendar Customs and Seasonal Events, Photography, Folklore and Some Confusions, Law and Crime in Legend and Tradition

Folklore Society News

Storytelling and Activism

Symposium, George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling, Cardiff. 24-25 April 2015

More information

The Katharine Briggs Lecture 2014

Diane Goldstein, '“Cry, Lady, Cry!” Maternal Infanticide Narratives and the Vernacular Construction of Blame', 19 November 2014 at The Warburg Institute.

Many thanks Diane for a wonderful lecture

Newer Researchers in Folklore 20 Nov 2014

Many thanks to Diane Goldstein and all the participants in our Newer Researchers' one-day conference. Lots of new ideas were shared, contacts made and plans begun for further ventures. Let's do it again next year!

Helen Frisby

Monday 9 February, 11.00 a.m., BBC Radio 4: Our own Helen Frisby will be talking on Radio 4 in January about salt, sin-eating and funeral customs

Folklore Events and Calls for Papers

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19th February — 26th April 2015 “The Red Chair” written and performed by Sarah Cameron

  • Venue: Touring to Lancaster, London, Colchester, Newcastle and Margate
  • Organised by Clod Ensemble
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Once there lived a man who could not stop eating, a woman doomed to cook his meals and one ‘inveesible child’...  This dark, original story lies somewhere between a Grimms’ Tale and a parents’ guide on how not how bring up children.

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.

23rd — 25th April 2015 Tales Beyond Borders Conference

A two-day international conference (24th-25th April) and postgraduate/ECR workshop (23rd April) exploring the intercultural role of fairy tales, folk tales and fantasy literature. More details and call for papers (deadline 31st Jan) at the link.

23rd May 2015 Wonderlands: Reading/Writing/Telling Fairy Tales and Fantasy

  • Venue: University of Chichester, Bishop Otter Campus, PO19 6PE
  • Organised by The Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy
  • Contact:

Primarily aimed at postgraduate students and early career researchers; other scholars and the general public welcome. Keynotes by Prof. Diane Purkiss, Prof. John Vernon Lord, and Dr Steve O’Brien. The day will close with storytelling performances.

23rd May 2015 Wonderlands: Reading/Writing/Telling Fairy Tales and Fantasy

A one-day PGR symposium on May 23 discussing Wonderland, wonder lands, and all manner of reading, writing, and telling fairy tales and fantasy literature. Open to the public to attend with ticket purchase. Call for papers deadline is January 31st.

10th — 12th June 2015 Why Folkloristics?

  • Venue: University of Uppsala, Visby, Sweden
  • Organised by Dept of Cultural Anthropology & Ethnology
  • Contact:

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.