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The Newsletter of the

Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy Jun - Jul 2018



Events at the Sussex Centre. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

'Lewis Carroll and George MacDonald: An Influential Friendship’. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Events around the world . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Call for Submissions on Robert Holdstock’s writing. . . . . . 8 Gramarye issue 13 available as an e-book. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9


Events at the Sussex Centre

‘Lewis Carroll and George MacDonald: An Influential Friendship’ Saturday, 1 September 2018, £25/£20 concessions The works of both the Scottish author, poet and minister, George MacDonald, and the English polymath Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) have been among the strongest of influences on writers of fantasy for the past 150 years. This one-day symposium will examine the life and works of the two writers with particular reference to that friendship, which began in Hastings, and their interests in folklore, fairy tales and fantasy. The full programme is available at and tickets are available from our online store.


Other events around the world

Marianna Simnett and Ericka Beckman solo exhibitions 22 March - 8 July, Zabludowicz Collection, London Beckman and Simnett draw upon fairy tale archetypes and their works share an interest in how gender is constructed and its relationship to mechanisms of desire and capitalist consumption. Coraline 27 March – 7 April 2018, Barbican Theatre The opera's world premiere, based on Neil Gaiman’s story. Wonderland 5 April – 7 October 2018, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne Wonderland explores how filmmaking, special effects and technology have reimagined one of the world’s most beloved characters. 4

Lore and the living archive 4 May – 30 June, Touchstones Rochdale Three artists respond to Doc Rowe's collection of artefacts, photography, footage and audio through new, original artworks. From Rags to Witches: The Grim Tale of Children’s Stories Friday 4 May – Sunday 26 August, Nottingham Lakeside Arts Using original archives and rare books from Manuscripts & Special Collections. from-rags-to-witches-the-grim-tale-of-childrens-stories.html A Marriage of Artistry: Leo and Diane Dillon 26 May – 25 November, Eric Carle Museum, USA Leo and Diane Dillon worked in concert over 50 years, demonstrating remarkable versatility and a mastery of media, adopting different modes of expression to best illustrate each narrative. current-exhibitions 5

'Gardens Of Good and Evil: Growing Life, Plucking Death’ Australian Fairy Tale Society 5th Annual Conference 10 June 2018, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Australia Counterfeit Fairies and Con Artists in Early Modern Drama 21 June, 6.30-7.30 p.m., The Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Trinity College Dublin, €6-€18 The fairy was so pervasive a figure in early modern culture that villains and con artists used fairies as a means of tricking unsuspecting victims. Tickets at The Haunted City: Modern Monsters and Urban Myths Saturday 30 June, Conway Hall, London Join the London Fortean Society in London’s dark heart for a day of modern monsters and urban myth including Springheeled Jack, Cthulhu, Slender Man, subterranean London folklore, the Crying Boy and more. 6

Alice's Day: Journeys and Adventures 7 July, The Story Museum, Oxford alices-day/ Health and Healing in Legend and Tradition The Thirteenth Legendary Weekend of The Folklore Society 1- 2nd September 2018, Scarborough Spa, Scarborough If you're interested in shrew ashes, zanies, plague pits, smallpox goddesses or illness as metaphor, we'd like to hear from you. Email bhallmuseum health-and-healing-in-legend-andtradition The 8th Conference of Young Folklorists 19-21 September 2018, Riga Themed on "Reflecting on Disciplinary Ethics in Folkloristics".


Call for Submissions: Articles and reviews on Robert Holdstock’s writing Robert Holdstock – a celebration of Mythago Wood ‘No other author has so successfully captured the magic of the wildwood.’ Michael Moorcock With the tenth anniversary of Robert Holdstock’s death approaching, the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy seeks articles and reviews with a focus on the author’s Mythago Wood series for publication in Gramarye, its peer-reviewed journal published by the University of Chichester. Neil Gaiman considers Mythago Wood to be a ‘classic of the literature of fantasy.’ In this spirit we are looking for scholarly and imaginative submissions that will once more take readers in to the heart of the British mythic landscape. The deadline for this issue is 21 September 2018, and the Guest Editor will be Dr Steven O’Brien. Full submissions information can be found at http://www. 8

Gramarye issue 13 out now as an e-book

Gramarye issue 13 is now available as an e-book (pdf or Kindle file) from our online store. This issue’s contents include: • ‘Fairy Tale Architextuality and the Prince’s Pleasures’, Lucy Fraser • ‘Flying Carpets in the Arabian Nights: Disney, Dyâb … and d’Aulnoy?’, Ruth B. Bottigheimer • ‘prick song’, Zoe Gilbert • ‘Tolkien’s style’, Colin Manlove • ‘My favourite book when I was young’, Cristina Bacchilega • A review of Bryan Senn’s The Werewolf Filmography: 300+ Movies,Willem de Blécourt • A review of Simon Young and Ceri Houlbrook’s Magical Folk: British and Irish Fairies, 500 A.D. to the Present, Katherine Langrish • A review of Lucy Fraser’s Japanese and English Fairy Tale Transformations of “The Little Mermaid”,Victoria Leslie • A review of Zoe Gilbert’s Folk,Victoria Leslie 9

• A review of Brian Wagner’s The Tar Baby: A Global History, B.C. Kennedy • A review of John Matthews’ The Mystery of Spring-Heeled Jack, Anthony James O’Shea • A review of Andrew Simms’ Knock Twice, Joanna Gilar The printed edition of Gramarye is only available to pre-ordering customers and subscribers. To guarantee your printed copy of future issues, please subscribe here. Exclusive offer Gramarye readers are entitled to 20% off Scrivener software, the project management tool for writers. Just visit and enter the coupon code ‘SUSSEXCENTRE’. The printed edition of Gramarye can also be ordered from: • Atlantis Books (London) • Kims (Chichester) • Treadwells (London)


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Gossip & Tales, Jun-Jul 2018  

The newsletter of the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy, June-July 2018.

Gossip & Tales, Jun-Jul 2018  

The newsletter of the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy, June-July 2018.