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On the Show — Dr. Simon Young

Gene Steinberg

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simonyoung.pngDr. Simon Young is a British folklore historian based in Italy. He has written extensively on the nineteenth-century supernatural. His book Magical Folk: British & Irish Fairies, came out in 2017. The Boggart (from Exeter University Press) and The Nail in the Skull and Other Victorian Urban Legends (from Mississippi University Press) came out in 2022.

He is the editor of Exeter New Approaches to Legends, Folklore and Popular Legends, which provides a venue for growing scholarly interest in folklore narratives, supernatural belief systems and the communities that sustain them. As well, he teaches history at University of Virginia's Siena Campus (CET). Over the years he has run courses on the History of Christianity, Italian Food History, Italian Media History, Contemporary Italian History, WW2 in Italy and Italian Renaissance History.

Dr. Young has undertaken the biggest folklore survey of its kind, on behalf of the Fairy Investigation Society and has released this year "The Fairy Census 2: 2017-2023." His earlier collection, "The Fairy Census 1," came out in 2017. The census, revived more than 60 years from the last one, gathered details of as many fairy sightings from the 20th and 21st century as possible, and to measure contemporary attitudes to fairies.

For more information about the Fairy Census, visit their website at: www.fairyist.com

Dr. Youngs blog can be found at: www.strangehistory.net

Our cohost will be Tim Swartz.

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Sunday, March 31 at Noon Pacific (3:00 PM Eastern)
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April 7, 2024