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 Last Drut’syla? A traditional Jewish storyteller in postwar Europe

  • 17th September 2014
  • 17:30—18:30
  • The Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB
Simon Heywood

A Public Lecture by Simon Heywood (Storyteller, Songwriter, Folklorist) and Shonaleigh Cumbers (Drut'syla: Storyteller)

The lecture is free and open to all. To book, call 0207 862 8564 or email


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

Folklore Society News

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…

A Fiend in the Furrows

A Fiend in the Furrows: Perspectives on Folk Horror in Literature, Film and Music.

A three-day conference of papers, film and television screenings and musical and dramatic performances.

Queen's University Belfast, 19-21 September…

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 Identity

more information

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…

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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
  • 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.