Kenyan women’s Lysistrata protest

The BBC reported yesterday that women’s activist groups in Kenya have slapped their partners with a week-long sex ban in protest over the infighting plaguing the national unity government. Following this story I was interviewed by the BBC Radio Wales’ programme Good Evening Wales on the first anti-violence protest by banning sex ever recorded in literary sources: Aristophanes’ play Lysistrata of 411BC.

  • To listen to this short interview click here.
  • To read the BBC story on the Kenyan women’s sex ban click here.

Hobbit Songs and Rhymes: The Folklore of Middle-earth

I was recently asked by to contribute an article to their new Scholars Forum on a Tolkien-related topic. My recently published book Tolkien, and Cultural History: From Fairies to Hobbits includes an important part on Tolkien’s knowledge of folklore as an academic discipline, and his use of folklore material, especially in relation to fairylore. However, in the last few years I had accumulated interesting examples and ideas on the folklore of the hobbits that did not quite make it into my book. The invitation from provided a great opportunity to communicate this material. My article, entitled: “Hobbit Songs and Rhymes: The Folklore of Middle-earth” was published a few days ago on the Scholars Forum. It was a real joy to write and share!