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Dee Dee Chainey is a folklore curator and writer. With a postgraduate degree in archaeology, Dee Dee has worked on tangible and intangible cultural heritage projects within museums, charities, and educational institutions, aiming to enliven an appreciation for heritage in children, adults, and minority groups. Her professional and academic background focuses on Public Archaeology and European prehistory, from the angle of landscapes, identity, and gender. As co-creator of #FolkloreThursday, she now spends her time curating weird and wonderful folklore from online communities. Dee Dee’s interests span folk customs, chthonic myth, and the folklore of megaliths. When she’s not trawling the web for Folklife and folktales, she enjoys writing dark fables, designing bags and cushions, keeping cacti alive, and dreaming of French patisseries. Her book, A Treasury of British Folklore: Maypoles, Mandrakes and Mistletoe, is available now from National Trust Books.

May Day is a traditional spring celebration in many cultures, linked with Gaelic Beltane, and is now also the date of Labour

I began writing 'Maypoles, Mandrakes and Mistletoe: A Treasury of British Folklore' back in April last year.

In the telling of stories, the ghosts of our families still walk, and create a sense of belonging to a

Beware! Lock up your children, clutch your mince pies, and huddle in against the snow. Haven’t you heard? Krampus is

We’ve all heard of the infamous hand of glory, the hand of a dead man, hanged for his crimes, and

While much fairy folklore associated with prehistoric sites centres around barrows and brochs, many megaliths are linked to fairies, goblins