Dave Arthur’s compelling biography of A. L. ‘Bert’ Lloyd (Bert: The Life and Times of A. L. Lloyd) was shortlisted a while ago for the Katharine Briggs Folklore Award. The award, given out each year by the Folklore Society (FLS), is a book prize intended to encourage the study of folklore, improve the standard and number of folklore publications in Britain and Ireland and commemorate the life and work of the scholar Katharine Mary Briggs (1898-1980).
The award is open to all books originally published in the UK or Ireland, which fall under the category of ‘folklore’ (loosely interpreted as including all aspects of traditional and popular culture, narrative, beliefs, customs and folk arts.)
Here at Pluto we’re delighted that Bert has made it to the shortlist. The awards ceremony is tomorrow night at the Warburg Institute in London, and will include a lecture by Dr David Atkinson on ‘The Ballad and its Paradoxes’, followed by a wine reception and buffet, during which the winner will be announced. We’ll be there rooting on Dave Arthur’s book with a glass of wine in hand.
So watch this space… In the meantime, if you fancied going on the advice of the very much clued-in Folklore Society by getting yourself a copy of Bert, it couldn’t be easier. Simply click the cover image and then follow the usual procedure for buying books!