Play and Folklore

Play and Folklore is a forum for discussion about childhood and children's culture. It publishes articles, letters, memoirs and research studies that examine what children do when largely free of adult direction or control—their colloquial speech, songs, games, rhymes, riddles, jokes, insults and secret languages, their friendships and enmities, their beliefs and hopes. Play and Folklore was previously published as the Australian Children's Folklore Newsletter (1981-1996).

Two issues of Play and Folklore are published by Museum Victoria's History & Technology Department per year, with contributions welcome from all parts of the world. The deadlines are:

  • February – April issue
  • August – October issue


Editors: June Factor, Gwenda Beed Davey and Judy McKinty

Dr June Factor, Australian Centre, University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010, Australia.
Phone +61 3 9499 6151 Email: June Factor

History & Technology Department, Museum Victoria, GPO Box 666, Victoria 3001, Australia.
Phone +61 3 8341 7378 Email: Play & Folklore