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Happily Ever After? Exploring the Margins in Romany Folktales

Date: Thursday 9 Apr 2015

Location: The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery

Time: 18:00

Cost: Free event but please book in advance

Taking inspiration from the current George Morland exhibition and new Romany display, Dr Christine Chettle will explore the subversive elements of folktales within the Roma tradition.

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The Romany Fraser Collection in the Brotherton Library Special Collections contains a large number of manuscripts relating to Romany culture. The large number of late nineteenth and early twentieth century Romany folktale manuscripts in this collection provide a valuable insight into biographical, creative and literary elements in UK Romany culture. 

Dr. Christine Chettle, whose recent PhD thesis examined fantasy and social challenge in the 19th century and who is a co-organizer of the Reading the Fantastic Research Group, will talk about how these folktales both connect to and differ from wider fairy tale and fantasy traditions and how these folktales connect to wider Romany folk culture.  Her talk will also draw on biographies of these folktale tellers and will investigate Romany versions of classic fairy tales like Cinderella,  Jack and the Beanstalk,  Sleeping Beauty and Snow White.

This is a free event, open to all but spaces are limited so please book in advance:


For further information, please contact the Gallery directly by email: gallery@leeds.ac.uk  or telephone: 0113 3432778

Find out more about our Romany display Myths, Migration and Marginalisation here which runs from Wednesday 8 April - Saturday 13 June 2015.

George Morland: In the Margins continues until Saturday 11 July 2015.