Tag Archives: Folklore

Online Talk: Dr Sam George, Dark Folklore: A Journey into the Botanical Gothic, 19 October 2021

Inspired by the eighteenth-century botanist Tournefort, who voyaged in search of plants and found instead a plague of vampires on the island of Mykonos (1702), Sam George’s botanical studies have taken a gothic turn. Following the publication of Botany, Sexuality and … Continue reading

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Fairy Resources: bibliographies and links to folklore, myth, and romance writing sources

We’ve set up a new page of Resources following the ‘Ill met by moonlight’ conference. It will be a useful page for material on the conference theme of Gothic fairies and will be continually updated. It holds a partial bibliography … Continue reading

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Gothic Fairies Conference 8-11 April – Booking is Open

We are excited to announce that booking has opened for our Gothic Fairies Online Conference  ‘Ill met by moonlight’: Gothic encounters with enchantment and the Faerie realm in literature and culture, 8‒11 April 2021  Full Conference Programme   Keynotes and Activities Booking Link  Fees: … Continue reading

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CFP extension: ‘Ill met by moonlight’ Gothic Fairies Conference

We are pleased to announce an extension to the CFP for our ‘”Ill met by moonlight”: Gothic encounters with enchantment and the Faerie realm in literature and culture’ Conference. You can now submit proposals up till to 31 January 2021. … Continue reading

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Marcus Sedgwick, ‘Alpine Spirits’, Rural Gothic Christmas Ghosts, 30 December 2020

This sounds fabulous: a podcast from one of OGOM’s favourite collaborators, the award-winning novelist Marcus Sedgwick. Marcus writes: On December 30th I’ll be a guest on The Folklore Podcast, kicking off an evening of talks in an event titled Rural … Continue reading

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CFP ‘Ill met by moonlight’: Gothic Encounters with Enchantment and the Fairy Realm in Literature and Culture, 8-10 April, 2021

University of Hertfordshire, 8‒10 April 2021 The Open Graves, Open Minds (OGOM) Project was launched in 2010 with the Vampires and the Undead in Modern Culture conference.We have subsequently  hosted symposia on Bram Stoker and John William Polidori, unearthing depictions … Continue reading

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Vampires, werewolves, and Jane Austen

I am being interviewed here by Brian from Toothpickings. I talk about vampires and werewolves, the folklore of these creatures and its transmutation into literature. I also make some very tenuous links between this, the Enlightenment, Jane Austen and paranormal … Continue reading

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‘Fairy Lepidoptera’ at The Dark Side of the Fae: A Fairy Symposium, 30-31 May, 2020

I am delighted to announce that I will be speaking at a two-day symposium on fairy folklore organised by Holly Elsdon at the Centre for Folklore, Myth and Magic in Todmorden in May. You can see a brief glimpse of … Continue reading

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CFPs: Reimagining the Gothic, Gothic politics, Byron, folklore, Vampire Diaries, Japanese horror

A batch of conference calls for papers and calls for chapters: 1. Reimagining the Gothic 2020: Bodies and Genders, University of Sheffield, 1-3 May 2020. Deadline: 2 December 2019. Reimagining the Gothic is an ongoing project that seeks to explore … Continue reading

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The Haunted Landscape: Magic and Monsters of the British Isles; 23rd November, Conway Hall, London

‘The Haunted Landscape: Magic and Monsters of the British Isles’ is a one-day symposium on folklore, magic and beyond. Authors and researchers discuss fairies, witchcraft, werewolves, vampires, dragons, the lore of autumn, and the magic of common folk. Up the … Continue reading

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