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Talking Suffolk fairies on BBC Radio Suffolk

Today I spoke to BBC Radio Suffolk’s Amy Nomvula on the Lesley Dolphin Show (listen from 29:30) about Suffolk’s folklore of fairies and my new book on the subject, Suffolk Fairylore. … Continue reading

November 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Publication and launch of Suffolk Fairylore

This evening I launched my new book Suffolk Fairylore at Elm Tree Gallery in Woolpit, Suffolk. The book is the first complete account of fairy belief in Suffolk, as well as … Continue reading

November 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

The global cult of St Edmund, king and martyr: an overview

Today is the Vigil of the Feast of St Edmund (20 November), when the Church celebrates the martyred king of East Anglia (and traditional patron saint of the English people) … Continue reading

November 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

The cult of St Edmund, king and martyr in Australia

Australia might seem an unlikely place to find evidence for the cult of the Anglo-Saxon martyr king St Edmund, but the more time I spend investigating St Edmund’s global presence, … Continue reading

November 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Peterborough Folklore shortlisted for Katharine Briggs Folklore Award

This evening I was privileged to attend the Folklore Society‘s annual Katharine Briggs Lecture at The Warburg Institute in central London. This is the occasion when the annual Katharine Briggs … Continue reading

November 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

Talking Ambrose Rookwood on BBC Radio Suffolk

This morning I appeared on BBC Radio Suffolk (listen from 1:33:00) to speak to presenter Wayne Bavin about Ambrose Rookwood, Suffolk’s Gunpowder Plotter. I explained that Rookwood was drawn into … Continue reading

November 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Review: Sacred Britannia by Miranda Aldhouse-Green

Miranda Aldhouse-Green, Sacred Britannia: The Gods and Rituals of Roman Britain (London: Thames & Hudson, 2018), ISBN 978-0-50025-2222, £19.95, illus. If there is anything that gets me more excited than the … Continue reading

October 23, 2018 · 1 Comment