Academic journal article Folklore

Katharine Briggs Folklore Award 2002: Judges' Report

Academic journal article Folklore

Katharine Briggs Folklore Award 2002: Judges' Report

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The Katharine Briggs Folklore Award for 2002 was presented on 12 November by the President of the Folklore Society, Dr Marion Bowman, following a lecture by Professor Wolfgang Mieder of the University of Vermont entitled "Good Fences Make Good Neighbours: History and Significance of an Ambiguous Proverb." For the first time, both lecture and reception took place in the Warburg Institute and the change of venue was generally found to be very congenial.

Out of a field of twenty-eight entries this year, nine were shortlisted. Of these, five went no further, despite having many excellent qualities: Nicola Brown, Fairies in Nineteenth-Century Art and Literature (Cambridge University Press); Brenda Danet, Cyberpl@y: Communicating Online (Berg); Anna Reid, The Shaman's Coat (Weidenfeld and Nicolson); David Sutton, Remembrance of Repasts (Berg); and Georges Zimmerman, The Irish Storyteller (Four Courts).

Ultimately, four books achieved ranked positions. The Honourable Mention went to Elizabeth Warner for Russian Myths (British Museum Press), which the judges found to be a highly enjoyable and accessible introduction to its subject. There were also two Runners Up. One was Step Change: New Views on Traditional Dance (Francis Boutle), a collection of essays edited by Georgina Boyes. The judges were impressed by this book's usefulness for both specialist and popular audiences, and suggested that it would be especially suitable for folklore classes. …

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