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.

Folklore Society News

The Katharine Briggs Award 2014

Entries are now invited for the 2014 Katharine Briggs Award

Eligible entries: books on folklore published for the first time between 1 June 2013 and 31 May 2014 in the UK or Ireland

Closing date for entries: 31 May 2014

Rules and Application form

2013 President’s Prize.

Congratulations to Max Bienkowski, winner of the 2013 President's Prize.

The Katharine Briggs Award 2013

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.


Canziani Bursary 2013

We are delighted to announce that the Estella Canziani Post-graduate Bursary for Research was awarded to Sara Marzagora towards her research into “Postcolonial Folklore in Contemporary Ethiopia.”

Other Folklore Events

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3rd June 2014 Perspectives on Contemporary Legend. ISCLR 32nd International Conference

  • Venue: Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Organised by International Society for Contemporary Legend Research
  • Contact:

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.


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.