Dee Dee Chainey
Dee Dee Chainey is a writer and heritage engagement specialist. She spends her time curating weird and wonderful folklore from around the world for digital communities as co-founder of the online folklore magazine and hashtag day #FolkloreThursday, featured on 'BBC Trending', in 'The Independent' and 'Vice UK'. Dee Dee also appeared on the 'BBC World Service' talking about the value of the Cinderella fairy tale to modern women, and in 'The Telegraph', debating how folklore is still relevant today. Her first book, 'A Treasury of British Folklore: Maypoles, Mandrakes and Mistletoe', was released in April 2018 from National Trust Books (buy it here: http://amzn.to/2An2N09). Her work has appeared in the national magazine 'History of Royals', and she regularly contributes to Future Publishing's international bookazines, including pieces on folklore, Norse myths, vampires across the world, the history of magic, Bronze Age artefacts, and Ancient Egyptian deities. Before delving into the world of folklore, Dee Dee was a heritage educator working in schools, museums, galleries, and charities, and was outdoor education manager at the forest school named 2010 NDNA UK Nursery of the Year. Her academic studies focused on public archaeology and how past landscapes inform our identity, with an MA thesis exploring how archaeology can be used as a contemporary cultural practice. Her interests range from dark folklore, psychogeography, and megalithic tombs, to cunning folk, life-cycle rituals, and chthonic myth. In her spare time she enjoys taking trains across Europe, keeping cacti alive, and dreaming of French patisseries. She is a member of The Folklore Society and Toastmasters International. Dee Dee's next two books, co-authored with #FolkloreThursday's Willow Winsham, are due from Batsford in winter 2020, and spring 2021. She is represented by Sprung Sultan literary and talent agency.
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I really enjoyed speaking at Skelling, Skeklers & Guising: Exploring Liminality, a conference in Edinburgh just after Halloween!
It was lovely to really engage with the folklore of Halloween this year. I was asked to write a blog post on it for the National Trust, which you can read here. I also spoke to them about it for their podcast, do check it out!
It was lovely to go along to Charlecote Park on September 28th to give a talk on A Treasury of British Folklore: Maypoles, Mandrakes and Mistletoe, released by National Trust Books in April 2018. (Which you can read more about on the #FolkloreThursday website.) Furthermore, it was absolutely brilliant to meet the fantastic illustrator, Joe Read more about Folklore Trail & Book Signing at Charlecote Park[…]