“Almost running parallel with folklore for me is an interest not only in just the history of London but in the history of the development of the countryside.”

Terry Pratchett

How did this podcast come about?

Sir Terry Pratchett and Dr Jacqueline Simpson met many years ago at a book signing in Worthing and have since worked together as co-authors. Jacqueline is a member of the Folklore Editorial Board and is also on the Committee of The Folklore Society, of which Sir Terry is a lifetime member.

“I’m fascinated by the way folklore is entwined with truth in people’s lives”

Terry Pratchett

On 26th August 2010 at the Annual Discworld Convention in Birmingham, Sir Terry and Jacqueline sat down to record a discussion on the topic of folklore and its significance to them.

Also present to record the discussion were Routledge representatives Katie Brown and Julie Sutton. Routledge publishes Folklore, one of the earliest English-language journals in the field of folkloristics and the official journal of The Folklore Society.

Suggested Further Reading

If you're interested in finding out more about some of the topics discussed in the podcast, why not take a look at some suggested further reading from Folklore?

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This competition has now closed. Congratulations to Susannah Hale who wins a copy of Foklore signed by Terry Pratchett and a year's subscription to the journal.

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