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14th National Folklore Conference 2019

February 21, 2019


An annual conference facilitated by the Australian Folklore Network, the National Library of Australia, the National Folk Festival and the Australian Folklore Unit, Curtin University.

National Library of Australia – April 18

Building on previous National Folklore Conferences since 2006, the Australian Folklore Network, the National Library of Australia and the National Folk Festival again host this one-day conference immediately before the National Folk Festival.

The conference is of interest to anyone involved in collecting, researching, archiving, performing, teaching and facilitating folklore in all its many varieties. It is a prelude to the National Folk Festival, which also includes a stream of presentations and performances relevant to folklore research.

Registrations are now open. Attendance at the conference is free but attendees must register at:

Preliminary program (subject to change without notice)

Yvette Staelens

Cornwall to Kadina with Twenty-Six Cornish Carols

Dave de Hugard

The Forgotten Mudgee Waltz

Mark Gregory

The Cyprus Brig and other folkloric finds

Graham McDonald

The Death of Frank Gardiner

Kerith Power

The First Australian Women’s Songbook

Heather Clarke

Rediscovering a lost convict culture

Emma Nixon

Scottish Ceilidhs in Brisbane

As usual, there will also be a lunchtime concert included in the program, this year:

Theresa (Teri) Young is this year’s featured guest. Teri is a young singer/composer who makes simple and sincere Australiana folk music – songs about people, communities, death, love and all things honest. She plays a cittern guitar and sings, telling the stories of people and places. Teri was the winner of the 2018 National Festival Alistair Hulett award for Songs of Social Justice.  Teri and her accompanist, Hamish Stevenson, will be in conversation and concert with NLA folklorist, Rob Willis.


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