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Press Release Fun: Yolen to be first woman to present the Andrew Lang Lecture

Congrats to Jane on the honor!

Jane Yolen will be giving the prestigious Andrew Lang Lecture at St Andrews University on November 1, at 5.30 p.m., the venue;  Lower College Hall, St Salvator’s College, University of St Andrews. It is open to the public. Her topic is; “Folklore versus Fakelore: An Imagined Conversation with Andrew Lang.” She will also be telling  one story and reading a poem at the end, and signing books after a q&a at the close of the speech.

Jane has said, “I’m delighted to be the first woman ever to give this speech (the first lecture was in 1927)”. Previous lecturers have included John Buchan who wrote “The Thirty-Nine Steps” and J.R.R. Tolkien, author of “The Hobbit” and “Lord of the Rings” whose 1939 lecture “On Fairy-Stories” would later turn into his seminal essay of the same name.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. So awesome. Jane is so worthy.

  2. Congratulations, Jane – you are our “WMIG” superstar.