John Beech et al (eds.)
Oral Literature and Performance Culture
Edinburgh, John Donald, 2007, ISBN 9780859766791, £45.00
This marvelous book, the tenth volume of Scottish Life and Society : a Compendium of Scottish Ethnology, contains two chapters of interest to readers - ‘Theatre and Drama’ by Bill Findlay and ‘The Seasonal Folk Drama Galoshins in Southern Scotland’ by Brian Haywood.
Eydon Historical Research Group
Big Marjorie and the Rector’s Bull
Eydon Historical Research Group, 2008, ISBN 978-095396554-0, £4.00
This fourth volume of Reports adds to our knowledge of the folk play in the Northamptonshire village.
Terry Gunnell (ed.)
Masks and Mumming in the Nordic Area
Uppsala, Gustav Adolfs Akademien för sevensk folkkultur, 2007, 345 kr
This important book on Scandinavian drama customs, has emerged from the Masks and Mumming Project in Scandinavia which was led by Carsten Bregenhøf and Terry Gunnell and launched in 1999. In 2002, the project culminated in an international conference at Turku in Finland; it is the papers from this symposium which have now been published in the second half of this volume. The first half of the book consists of a report on the research of members of the original masks and mumming group. The book will be invaluable to play scholars with an interest in northern European dramatic customs.
John Hinks & Catherine Armstrong (eds.)
Book Trade Connections from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Centuries
British Library, 2008, ISBN 978 0 7123 5064 8, £25.00
This book, one of a series, publishes papers given at a Print Networks Conference, held at the University of Birmingham in 2005. Two of the papers were given by members of TDRG - 'The Printing History of the Peace Egg Chapbooks' by Eddie Cass and 'The Chapbook Mummers Play: Analysing Ephemeral Print Traditions' by Paul Smith.
Peter W. Thomas & Derek R. Williams (eds.)
Setting Cornwall on its Feet. Robert Morton Nance, 1873 - 1959
London, Francis Boutle, 2007, ISBN 978 1 903427 34 7, £12.50
Nance, a Bard of Cornwall, was important in preserving the folk play in the county. This book has a chapter, ‘The Christmas Play of Saint George & the Turkish Knight.’
Aughakillymaude Community Mummers
Mummers, Masks and Mischief : Augha Killy Maud’s Men of Straw
£13.20 + p&p.
Details: Aughakillymaude Community Association, Derrylin, Co. Fermanagh, BT92 9JT.
£10 + p&p.
Details: The 'Morris' Shop.
A reissue of the 16mm film showing a version of the play from Ridgeway, Derbyshire, filmed in the winters of 1971 and 1972.