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Folklore: Beliefs, traditions & culture of the people. Traditional folklore themes from around the world. One episode each month features a special guest from the field of folklore. Recalling our forgotten history, recording the new. The Folklore Podcast

The Folklore Podcast Mark Norman

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    • 4.8 • 100 Ratings

Folklore: Beliefs, traditions & culture of the people. Traditional folklore themes from around the world. One episode each month features a special guest from the field of folklore. Recalling our forgotten history, recording the new. The Folklore Podcast

    BOOK CLUB 25: Calling the Spirits

    BOOK CLUB 25: Calling the Spirits

    In this episode, we examine the history and development of the seance, and our fascination with trying to communicate with the dead, from ancient Greek necromancy through to the Victorian parlour and beyond to the modern day.Joining us is author Lisa Morton, whose book "Calling the Spirits: A History of Seances" provides the background for her conversation with podcast book reviewer Hilary Wilson.Lisa Morton is a screenwriter, author of non-fiction books, Bram Stoker Award®-winning prose writer, and Halloween expert whose work was described by the American Library Association’s Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror as “consistently dark, unsettling, and frightening.” She has published four novels, 150 short stories, and three books on the history of Halloween. Her recent releases include Weird Women: Classic Supernatural Fiction from Groundbreaking Female Writers 1852-1923 (co-edited with Leslie S. Klinger) and Calling the Spirits: A History of Seances; her latest short stories appeared in Best American Mystery Stories 2020, Final Cuts: New Tales of Hollywood Horror and Other Spectacles, and In League with Sherlock Holmes. Her most recent book is the collection Night Terrors & Other Tales. Lisa lives in Los Angeles and online at www.lisamorton.com.Support the Folklore Podcast on Patreon (www.patreon.com/thefolklorepodcast) to help us to keep creating and making available free folklore-related content.

    • 55 min
    Episode 111: A GOTHIC COOKBOOK

    Episode 111: A GOTHIC COOKBOOK

    Mark Norman, creator of 'The Folklore Podcast' is joined by guest Dr Alessandra Pino to discuss the importance of food in gothic literature; what it can signify, how it can an important mechanic in storytelling and how its importance has moved over time from the concept of the ritualistic dinner party to something much different.Together with food journalist Ella Buchan, Alessandra has written 'The Gothic Cookbook' which analyses a number of gothic tales and creates or reproduces iconic recipes based on their content. The book is coming out via Unbound and you can get a 10% discount by using the discount code GothicPod10. Visit Unbound (https://unbound.com/books/a-gothic-cookbook/) for more information.The Folklore Podcast is part of the Folklore Network, striving to protect and preserve folklore for the future. Please consider supporting us on Patreon (www.patreon.com/thefolklorepodcast) or via our website (www.thefolklorepodcast.com/support) to help us to continue our work.

    • 41 min
    BOOK CLUB 24: Parallel Hells

    BOOK CLUB 24: Parallel Hells

    In this episode of The Folklore Podcast Book Club, guest reviewer Carly Tremayne chats with author Leon Craig about her collection of queer gothic horror stories 'Parallel Hells', which was published in 2022 by Sceptre Books. Leon discusses her inspirations, aspects of Jewish folklore in her writing and the ways in which some of her stories, written over a seven year period, tie together.To support the work of The Folklore Podcast in collecting and preserving our folkloric heritage for the future, please visit www.thefolklorepodcast.com/support where you can join our Patreon, make a one-off donation and find out more.

    • 27 min
    Episode 110: REBECCA SONNENSHINE

    Episode 110: REBECCA SONNENSHINE

    In the first of a new occasional series of 'In Conversation' episodes of the podcast, we speak with TV writer and producer Rebecca Sonnenshine about her career, which includes writing for shows such as 'The Vampire Diaries' and 'Outcast' and, most recently, developing the Netflix series 'Archive 81' - based on the original podcast of the same name.To support the work of The Folklore Podcast and its other projects in collecting and preserving folklore materials for the future, please visit our Patreon page (www.patreon.com/thefolklorepodcast) or the support pages (www.thefolklorepodcast.com/support) of our website. Thank you.

    • 57 min
    BOOK CLUB 23: Pan - The Great God's Modern Return

    BOOK CLUB 23: Pan - The Great God's Modern Return

    Folklore Podcast book reviewer Hilary Wilson speaks with author Paul Robichaud about his book "Pan: The Great God's Modern Return" published by Reaktion Books. In his research for the book, Paul explored how Pan has been imagined in mythology, art, literature, music, spirituality, and popular culture through the centuries.The Folklore Podcast is an independent podcast, part of The Folklore Network which is striving to collect and preserve folklore material in all forms for future generations. To support our work, and that of the Folklore Library and Archive please join our Patreon or make a small donation on our website. Full details at www.thefolklorepodcast.com/support (https://publish.blubrry.com/s-370335/episodes/e-84204989/edit/www.thefolklorepodcast.com/support)

    • 38 min
    Episode 109: BOGGARTS

    Episode 109: BOGGARTS

    When most of us think of the term boggart, we probably first come up with the idea of a shapeshifting creature represented in the Harry Potter universe. But this is nothing like the actual folkloric creature which the word actually refers to. Boggarts have not been studied in particularly great detail until recently – they are a supernatural being specific to the north of England but having much in common with other creatures from our folklore.Joining Folklore Podcast creator and host Mark Norman to discuss the subject is historian and author Simon Young. Simon disputes the traditional description put forward by Katharine Briggs that the Boggart was a goblin-like creature, but argues that instead it was a much more general term which encompassed aspects of most solitary supernatural creatures from mermaids to ghosts and all points in between. This approach goes a long way to demonstrate how the continual misrepresentation of the boggart by earlier folklorists led to the fantasy version of the creature that we know today.The Folklore Podcast is an independent podcast, part of The Folklore Network which is striving to collect and preserve folklore material in all forms for future generations. To support our work, and that of the Folklore Library and Archive please join our Patreon or make a small donation on our website. Full details at www.thefolklorepodcast.com/support (www.thefolklorepodcast.com/support)To download The Boggart Sourcebook, referred to in this episode, free of charge please visit https://www.exeterpress.co.uk/en/Book/2114/The-Boggart-Sourcebook.html (https://www.exeterpress.co.uk/en/Book/2114/The-Boggart-Sourcebook.html)

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
100 Ratings

100 Ratings

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This is amazing!

Ohhhh yes. This is one of my absolute favourite things to listen to. Work like this should be encouraged as much as possible. Please do continue!

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Thoroughly and well researched. An important resource for collected folklore

I never miss an episode. This podcast is presented clearly and with facts researched and cited. Topics are covered in full with links to where you can access further information. You can rely on Mark to present his research in an accessible way. And its entertaining to boot.

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Highly recommended. Well researched and good voice

Voice is personal opinion I know but I have to say the pace , tone etc, is a pleasure to listen to. Even when guests are on it’s a comfortable listen as many podcasts are too noisy and fast. Fascinating topics covered and sources are given etc. Seems to me as a ‘non academic’ to be well put together and a valuable resource for the future. Thank you for helping me to relax -perfect bedtime listening.

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