About the event
Scholars have long lamented the scant records of oral storytelling in England, compared to the riches harvested from Scotland, Denmark or Japan. How do you retrieve a lost tradition? It turns out the English folktale tradition is full of weirdness and wonder—a mirror to ourselves.
Neil Philip and Elizabeth Garner share the development of their new collections of old stories: The Watkins Book of English Folktales and Lost & Found. Their talks will be followed by a discussion exploring the process of recording or rewriting tales, and the crossover between scholarship and creative interpretation.
The authors will be signing copies of their books after the event.
Dr Neil Philip is the author of The Watkins Book of English Folktales. His book Horse Hooves and Chicken Feet won the Aesop Award of the American Folklore Society.
Elizabeth Garner is the author of Nightdancing and The Ingenious Edgar Jones, both of which were influenced by traditional folk tale narratives. Lost & Found is her first collection of rewritten stories.
The event will be chaired by Professor Diane Purkiss, Professor of English at the University of Oxford, and author of Troublesome Things: A History of Fairies and Fairy Stories.
The event is free and open to all but booking is required. When you have booked your place, the ticketing system will send you an automated confirmation.
This event is available to attend in person at the Weston Library or online via Zoom. Details will be confirmed to registrants ahead of the event. If you have booked to attend online, you will receive a link to the Zoom webinar in the week before the event.
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Sir Victor Blank Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG
The Weston Library is wheelchair accessible.