Criminal and Law-abiding Storytellers

Criminal and Law-abiding Storytellers

Oyez, oyez! Who will give evidence at this forthcoming conference? If the Man in the Iron Mask was a poacher in famous Lincolnshire, then the criminal prosecution of animals is ultra vires since my client is a werewolf. I think we can rule spectral evidence out of court, given that the devil’s pact was signed before a Maiden Assize. John Doe the robber bridegroom may be struggling after death to replace that boundstone, but he is clearly unaware that the passage of his funeral has created a right of way. That nude widow riding backwards on a ram will not prevent members of the jury from watching the wall as the gentlemen go by. My learned friend thinks the possession of a serpent’s egg qualifies him to serve a fairy process, but is he the lawyer who will milk the cow? Murder will out. If a psychic detective has predicted the verdict, will no-one put the saints on trial? Let bloody Jeffreys do his bird with the Black Dog of Newgate, my client will wait confidently at the prickly bush while the red cock crows. Ah well, if he’s to be hanged we can always sell pieces of the rope.


This two-day conference on Law and Crime in Legend and Tradition will be held on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th  September 2015 as the tenth Legendary Weekend of the Folklore Society, at the Town Hall and Court Room in Huntingdon, next to Dick Turpin’s local and across the road from the witches of Warboys. We’d like to hear from anyone who can contribute – folklorists, jurists, storytellers, barristers, social historians, police and thieves. Presentations, which should be 20 minutes long, can take the form of talks, performances, or DVD.


If you would like to attend or to present a paper or performance, please contact (without prejudice):


Jeremy Harte 

Bourne Hall 

Spring Street 


Surrey KT17 1UF 

020 8394 1734