Three years ago, in June 2015, the first ever #FolkloreThursday took place. Folklore was shared throughout the day and great fun was had – little did we realise however how much it would catch on! Now, three years on, with over 24,000 followers, a website that averages 30,000 hits per month, and a few lovely mentions in the national press, we’re here to celebrate three amazing years of sharing folklore.
The aim behind the hashtag day is still the same as ever: bringing together all the best articles, images and folklore snippets from around the world for the enjoyment and use of everyone with a love of folklore. We have been able to continue to up our game from year to year, the focus remaining the #FolkloreThursday community that has grown up around the hashtag and makes Thursday a day to look forward to.
An Exciting Announcement!
We’re very pleased to announce that @WillowWinsham‘s NEW book, England’s Witchcraft Trials, is now available for pre-order, so do pick up your copy now! If you haven’t already, do check out her first book, Accused: British Witches Throughout History— both are, of course, very witchy, and wonderful!
‘Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.
With the echo of that chilling injunction hundreds were accused and tried for witchcraft across England throughout the 16th and 17th centuries. With fear and suspicion rife, neighbour could turn against neighbour, friend against friend, with women, men and children alike caught up in the deadly fervour that swept through both village and town. From the feared covens of Pendle Forest to the victims of the unswerving fanaticism of The Witch Finder General, so-called witches were suspected, accused, and dragged into the spotlight to await judgement and their final fate.’
Some Volunteers News!
It goes without saying that we really couldn’t have done this without the support of some truly amazing people, many of whom can be seen on the #FolkloreThursday team page, created by the wonderful @muhrrynn. Firstly we need to thank our dedicated team of guest hosts who work tirelessly to share all the great folklore-themed tweets each week.
Then there is our team of volunteers who make the magic of the #FolkloreThursday website possible, and are responsible for all the behind the scenes work necessary to make sure the fabulous articles reach you regularly: @dpgilligan, @emmajaynelive, @muhrrynn, @JenniferLCulver, @kimsfic, @siobain_collins — a huge thanks goes out to all of them! We’re also really pleased to announce that the lovely @amyelize will be #FolkloreThursday’s senior editor, beginning this month, so a massive thanks to her for all the work she’s put in so far!
A huge thank you to everyone who has written articles for the website since its launch; the quality, knowledge and engaging readability of the submissions received never ceases to amaze us, and makes us proud to be able to share them with our readers.
Monthly Goodies up for Grabs for Anyone Who Sponsors #FolkloreThursday!
A big shout out to our official patrons, and everyone who pledges on Patreon! Do go and meet our official sponsors here:
Without them, the continued reach and growth of #FolkloreThursday just wouldn’t be possible, and their generosity is warmly appreciated. As a thank you, at least one of our Patrons or sponsors will be selected each month to receive fantastic goodies, from books, to T-shirts, and more! This month we have two copies of Ocean Meets Sky by Eric & Terry Fan for two of our sponsors!
Want to be in on it? We’d really appreciate the support! At your request, we’ve added a few new ways for you to show your support and throw a coin in the hat. You can now make a one-off gift to us via PayPal as a thanks, or set up a monthly direct debit at the amount of your choice if you’d like to help — which is a great option as it let’s us know we have a regular amount coming in that we can rely on, so we can make plans knowing we have the cash to cover it! You can also still give a regular amount through Patreon. If you would like to become a sponsor, do check out how here on our website, or on our Patreon page. Every penny really does count, there’s no amount too small. We really do believe in the power of communities, and that goes for crowd funding too: If everyone one of our Twitter followers gave just a pound — to support something they believe in and want to see more of in the world — we would really be able to take over the world with folklore (or at least be very close!)
We’d Like to Say Thanks with Competitions and Prizes!
We want to make sure that everyone gets the chance to get something back in return for their your support (whether that’s through volunteering, helping out financially, or by taking part in the hashtag day each week), so we have some wonderful prizes coming up over the next few months! Do sign up for the #FolkloreThursday newsletter to enter, and be updated with all the latest #FolkloreThursday competitions, discounts and news. As part of our birthday celebrations, in this month’s newsletter we have the chance to win a copy of Vasilisa the Wise and Tales of Other Brave Young Women by Kate Forsyth (Adapter), & Lorena Carrington (Illustrator).
Win a copy of Vasilisa the Wise and Tales of Other Brave Young Women by Kate Forsyth (Adapter), & Lorena Carrington (Illustrator)
The wonderful folks over at Serenity Press have offered a copy of this brilliant new book for one lucky #FolkloreThursday reader this month!
Vasilisa who must try to outwit the fearsome witch Baba-Yaga.
Katie Crackernuts who sets out to save her sister from dark magic.
Flora, the gardener’s daughter, who marries a giant serpent to save a prince.
Fairer-Than-A-Fairy, a princess who is kidnapped by an evil one-eyed enchantress.
Lullala, in love with a prince cursed to be a lion by day and a man by night.
Rosemary, a Scottish lass whose baby is stolen by the wicked faery folk of the Sidhe.
Ursula, a princess replaced by a walking, talking automaton.
These are not your usual passive princess, waiting forlornly for their prince to come …
Sign up for the #FolkloreThursday newsletter to enter (valid June 2018; UK & ROI only).
The book can be purchased here.
We’re Collating a List of the Best Folklore Books, Just for You
Don’t forget the #FolkloreThursday book list, with something to suit every folkloric reading need. Whether you want fairy tales, folk practices or creatures of myth and legend, there’s sure to be the perfect book for you, with the added knowledge that you are also helping to support #FolkloreThursday – thank you! Browse the book list now…
Some Lovely Words from You About #FolkloreThursday
Thank you to each and every one of you that contributes your folklore offerings each week to really make #FolkloreThursday what it is — a welcoming modern-day fireside for a wealth of wonderful lore to be shared!
Here’s to the next three years and beyond!
We’ll leave you now with some of the lovely things you have all said about #FolkloreThursday…
Books from #FolkloreThursday
Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.
With the echo of that chilling injunction hundreds were accused and tried for witchcraft across England throughout the 16th and 17th centuries. With fear and suspicion rife, neighbour could turn against neighbour, friend against friend, with women, men and children alike caught up in the deadly fervour that swept through both village and town. From the feared covens of Pendle Forest to the victims of the unswerving fanaticism of The Witch Finder General, so-called witches were suspected, accused, and dragged into the spotlight to await judgement and their final fate.
Did you know, in Yorkshire it was believed a person lying on a pillow stuffed with pigeon’s feathers could not die? Or that green is an unlucky colour for wedding dresses—in Scotland they would not even serve green vegetables at the wedding breakfast? In the West Country, the seventh son of a seventh son has the power to cure ringworm. You’ve heard about St. George, but how about the Green Man, who was believed to rule over the natural world? Or Black Shuck, the giant ghostly dog who was reputed to roam East Anglia? As well as looking at the history of this subject, this book has a directory of places you can go to see folklore alive and well today. The Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival, for example, or wassailing cider orchards in Somerset.
The image of the witch – crook-nosed, unpleasant of disposition and with a penchant for harming her neighbours – is well established in the popular imagination. For hundreds of years the accusation of witchcraft has been levelled against women throughout the British Isles: such women were feared, persecuted, revered and reviled, with many ending their journeys at the stake or noose. Far from a mass of pitiable, faceless victims however, each case tells its own story, with a distinct woman at its heart, spanning the centuries down to the present. What did it really mean to be accused as a witch? Why, and by whom, were such accusations made? Was it possible to survive, and what awaited those who did? Meticulously researched and skilfully and painstakingly woven, this book will be indispensable to anyone with an interest in the popular topic of the history of witchcraft and a love of fascinating and diverse individuals. Setting each of the accused in their social and historical context, Willow Winsham delivers a fresh and revealing look at her subjects, bringing her unique style and passion for detail to this captivating read.
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