Play and Folklore was published between 1981 and 2016 as forum for discussion about childhood and children's culture. It included articles, letters, memoirs and research studies that examined 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).
Play and Folklore was published bi-annually by Museums Victoria's Humanities (previously History & Technology) Department, with contributions from all parts of the world. It was edited by June Factor, Gwenda Beed Davey and Judy McKinty. Every issue of Play and Folklore is available through Museums Victoria’s web site.
Inquiries about Play and Folklore should be addressed to:
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