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.
We are delighted to announce that The Katharine Briggs Award 2013 was won by Karl Bell for his book The Legend of Spring-Heeled Jack: Victorian Urban Folklore and Popular Cultures, published by The Boydell Press. Congratulations Karl.
This two day multi-disciplinary conference brings together a wealth of expertise to consider the value of storytelling, and in particular whether the reworking of traditional tales by the Brothers Grimm and others can be a force for good.
An Isle of Man family’s 1931 claim that a talking weasel or mongoose was a regular visitor to their farm is routinely featured in collections of local folklore. Was Gef fraudulent, psychiatric, paranormal or the reappearance of older folk traditions?
Proposals for papers on all aspects of “contemporary,” “urban,” or “modern” legend research are sought as are those on any legend or legend-like tradition that circulate actively at present or have circulated at an earlier historical period.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.