I am a PhD student at Sheffield Hallam University where I am fortunate enough to be indulging my two principle passions: creative writing and folklore. You can read about my experience at my first ever academic conference here.


Within the new Centre for Contemporary Legend, I am pursuing a practice-based PhD that explores how – and why – British calendar customs might be used in contemporary fiction. You can read more about my project on the Centre's website here.


And if you're ensure what a calendar custom is, then take a look at some of my favourites to give you a flavour:


The Saddleworth Rushcart

Banbury's Hobby Horse Festival

Adderbury's Day of Dance

Goathland Plough Stots' Plough Monday

Marsden's Imbolc Festival


During my research period, I'm hoping to get along to the customs I've always wanted to witness, such as Padstow's magnificent May Day celebrations, the Whittlesey Straw Bear Festival and the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance, and interview local people to understand why they participate – and why they don't.


My project is tentatively called 'Writing The Imagined Village', but I've been warned that I might be tempted to change that somewhere down the line. Here's my Pinterest board where I'm pinning bits and bobs that might come in handy. If you have any suggestions, or would like to contact me about my research, please feel free to get in touch

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