A detailed examination of the Grimms’ version of ‘Maid Maleen’, a dark and serious tale of loss and abandonment which, with its threatened prince and active princess, frequently undercuts the accumulated cliches of the fairy tale while reminding us that those stereotypes are not as common as the general reader often assumes.Read More
Good reviews are always lovely to receive, but sometimes you receive one which means more than most. This one, from Jacqueline Simpson, sometime President of the Folklore Society, Visiting Professor…
Mary Hoffman: What was the first fairy tale you can remember?
Katherine Langrish: Probably Briar Rose, aka the Sleeping Beauty. I’d be about seven or eight and was sent to read the story of Briar Rose to the headmistress of my little school…Read More
I was delighted to be invited by Dr Caroline Oates of the Folklore Society to attend the Katharine Briggs Award 2016 at the Warburg Institute, on 9 November. I was…
To begin with Tolkien: though mortal, Hobbits don’t seem to have a theory of the afterlife. Innocent, rural, physical, they thoroughly enjoy this life’s pleasures and die with a sense…
A new blog post, Slippers of Glass, Slippers of Fur, in which I investigate shoes in folk-lore and fashion and find out what Cinderella’s glass slippers might really mean.Read More