South of the Sun: Australian Fairy Tales for the 21st Century is an enchanting illustrated book of fairy tales – but not the kind you read to children at bedtime.
They are strictly for grown-ups. Often dark, the stories visit places where things don’t end happily ever after, where a single decision can haunt you forever.
But there are also tales to make you laugh out loud, stories of sweet revenge and scenes of sheer delight in the work of magic and the fey.
Discover stories from emerging talent and leading award-winning Australian writers including Carmel Bird, Sophie Masson, Cate Kennedy and Eugen Bacon, along with artwork from foremost illustrators such as Lorena Carrington and Kathleen Jennings.
We are made by the stories we are told and by the stories we tell. Reading this collection reveals that we are bold, funny and inventive. We are nourished by history, and face the future with poetry in our hearts. This is a triumph of an anthology that truly captures the 21st Australian Fairy Tale –
KATE FORSYTH, AUTHOR OF BITTER GREENS AND ACCREDITED MASTER STORYTELLER
Wicked and wise, amusing and unexpected. Fresh fairy tales from some of Australia’s finest voices, both established and new.
ANGELA SLATTER, AUTHOR OF THE WORLD FANTASY AWARD-WINNING THE BITTERWOOD BIBLE AND OTHER RECOUNTINGS
Reading South of the Sun feels like collecting shells or pebbles or feathers: the stories belong together but are strikingly individual. Here you will find the hilarious and the bittersweet, the poetic and the in-your-face brash, the historical, the contemporary and the futuristic. And each is brimful with magic. This anthology is a delight from start to finish.
JULIET MARILLIER, AUTHOR OF AWARD-WINNING BLACKTHORN & GRIM SERIES
Claudia Barnett, Lorena Carrington and Sophie Masson with host Eugen Bacon Friday 7 May 4.30pm-5.30pm Capital Theatre $20 / $16 concession
Who tells fairy stories? And who gets to listen? The tales handed down through the generations are worked and reworked by inventive writers and new stories are added to the store. What’s their lasting appeal and why have they been so necessary to different cultures? Eugen Bacon is joined by Claudia Barnett, Lorena Carrington and Sophie Masson to bring us up to date with the fairy world.
We are also delighted to be celebrating with these authors the publication of South of the Sun: Australian Fairy Tales for the 21st Century.
Sophie Masson and Eugen Bacon present additional sessions Sat and/or Sun, Rachel Nightingale joins Eugen, and Carmel Bird presents on Saturday night.
Three fey Celtic-Australian minstrels unite at the Autumn Equinox to bring you some of their most fairytale-ish songs. They hail from three States: Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. Instruments on this album include flute, mandolin, accordion, charango, various guitars and harps, and of course bardic vocals, from folklorists honed in storytelling, mythology, poetry and Druidic / Pagan / Faery paths. Let these whimsical balladeers carry you through seas and groves of the Faery Lands.
In Tree Time, three Celtic-Australians wove music with myth and fairytale. From Druidic circles to taverns, carnivals, fey indie labels, fairy shops, storytelling guilds, castles and audiobook soundtracks, they’ve fostered links between folklore and eco-spirituality. Fey wishes Louisa✨, Reilly ✨ and Adrienne ✨
Three Australian Fairy Tale Society women feature in an exhibition/book/album presentation at Castlemaine State Festival in historic Buda House 19th March to 18th April: Reilly McCarron’s debut CD ‘Il était une fois’ (Once Upon A Time) is a soundtrack for Sophie Masson’s book ‘French Fairy Tales’. Lorena Carrington illustrated both. All three fey women are in our intercultural anthology ‘South of the Sun – Australian fairy tales for the 21st century’ due this Autumn.
a rhythm passed down from the so-called “spinsters” spinning their yarn and chanting their refrains
so that words and music were twined together to draw in the shared circle of story.
This is the magic we want to make this year, as we come together after being distanced for so long – the magic of shared performance and connection.
The real fairy tale magic is how the words of stories transform the audience by bringing us together so we invite you to share your own magic of
relating fairy tale, performer, audience, and venue.
What are the differences between written and performed stories?
How are the layers of meaning in fairy tales represented and expressed when the stories are staged?
How can we transform fairy tales for Australian audiences
so that performance reveals truth?
The Australian Fairy Tale Society was established to investigate, create, and communicate fairy tales from an Australian perspective. Our previous conferences have been on The Fairy Tale in Australia, Transformations, Into the Bush, So Many Mattresses, Gardens of Good and Evil, and Magic Mirrors: The Seen and the Unseen. Local Rings gather five times a year, and our Magic Mirrors gather by Zoom almost every month, to explore specific fairy tales like a book club for fairy tales. We have an irregular Ezine and will soon publish an original Anthology, South of the Sun: Australian Fairy Tales for the 21st Century.
We invite you to submit proposals for what you could present at our conference in a variety of forms, because diversity is one of the delights of an AFTS conference.
Please submit your proposal on our online form here by midnight 26 January 2021. Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking for
Talks of no more than 25 minutes total including Q & A. It is possible that, if we receive many high quality submissions, we may invite several people to collaborate in a joint presentation. Please indicate if that would not be acceptable to you.
Case studies of a creative process of staging a fairy tale performance.
Panel discussions of no more than 25 minutes total including Q & A.
Performances of storytelling, puppetry, theatre, singing, music, dance, etc, of no more than 10 minutes performance (could be recorded for Zoom presentation) with an option for 5 minutes Q&A.
Workshops (eg art, writing, storytelling, puppetry, gardening, cake decorating etc) of no more than 30 minutes total including set up time.
Games or participative activities eg dancing, singing, of no more than 10 minutes.
Displays of your books, art, puppets, toys, costumes, etc to decorate Newtown Hall.
Stalls to sell your books, art, puppets, toys, costumes, etc
Launches – of your book, video game, performance
Feel free to contact us with a new idea. We want to celebrate your creativity not stifle it!
Some themes you could choose to explore:
How fairy tales incorporate magic spells eg
Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Rumpelstiltskin, The Juniper Tree, The Golem of Prague, Tatterhood, The Girl Who Pretended to be a Boy, The Snow Queen, Snow White, Aladdin
How magicians, witches, fairies, wizards use words to make magic.
How poetry, literature, and spells enchant Australians today.
The significance of music, performance, and spells in fairy tales eg The Pied Piper of Hamelin and the magic harp in Jack and the Beanstalk.
How fairy tales have been adapted in:
musicals and pantomimes
operas and ballets eg The Nutcracker, Hansel and Gretel, Sleeping Beauty, La Cenerentola, The Snow Queen
How music can be used to interpret fairy tales today.
How fairy tales incorporate dance:
eg Cinderella, 12 Dancing Princesses, The Red Shoes, Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves, The Little Mermaid, Dancing with the Birch Fairy (Czech), The Little Bird Who Loved to Dance (Mali), The Fairy Dance (Irish).
How fairy tales have been adapted on stage and film eg Cinderella, The Red Shoes, Hans Christian Andersen, Disney films, Jim Henson’s The Storyteller, Shelley Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre, Once Upon a Time.
What has Australia achieved with screen or stage adaptations? Why are there no Australian fairy tale films?
What can performances communicate that written fairy tales can’t?
How can fairy tales be adapted to suit:
Particular contemporary Australian audiences, according to
– Cultural heritage
– Impairments and abilities – sensory, mobility, intellectual, language
Particular venues and platforms: in person, recorded, online, outdoors, staged etc.
Particular performance forms eg films, tv, webseries, games, stage, live informal, radio, cd, podcast.
As always, our focus is on the Australian interpretation of fairy tales, particularly contemporary multicultural, diverse Australia.
Please submit your proposal on our online form here by midnight 26 January 2021. Enquiries: email@example.com
We are thrilled to announce an unexpected honour. It involves the Australian Fairy Tale Society’s anthology, South of the Sun – Australian fairy tales for the 21st century. Our subcommittee liaised with the national Arts Law Centre to develop contracts for contributing authors and illustrators, as well as a publishing licence/service agreement with Serenity Press. ALC has a policy called Artists First, and is so pleased with our work – particularly as a not-for-profit group – that they requested to turn us into a Case Study!
After considering the pros and cons, we voted unanimously YES. Our chief illustrator, Lorena Carrington, graciously met their request to present our book’s front cover. This is excellent for our profile. It means AFTS effectively stands as an example for other Arts groups to follow. Law students can study us. Lawyers can refer to our work, and the ALC’s library may well carry the templates we developed together.
We are so glad to be able to acknowledge Lorena’s many gifts though this Award: her unique artwork, her wonderful and enchanting collaboration with Kate Forsyth, her willingness to share her art in AFTS events, and her insights and expertise to the general community, as well as all the wonderful and life-enhancing connections she have made within our Society.
All of our nominees, including authors Serene Conneeley and Juliet Marillier, add lustre to our community by their many successes, and all of us in the fairy tale community have been enriched by their contributions. We thank you all most sincerely for what you have already given us and all that you will create in the future.
The Award ceremony will take place on the final session of the conference, on Monday 8 June 2020, when you will all have a chance to see the gorgeous permanent Award created by Spike Deane. But to do that you will need to register for the conference!
The editorial committee putting together the AFTS anthology “South of the Sun” have finally chosen their winners. It was a truly difficult job – we were inundated with talented submissions and we’ve spent many a long hour short-listing, re-short-listing, arguing and finally agreeing on the following. A big thank you to everyone who sent in their entries.
Congratulations to everyone who’s on the list – and commiserations to those who didn’t make it.
· Anezka Sero ̶ The Snowgum Maiden
· Lindy Mitchell-Nilsson ̶ Jack, the Beanstalk and the NBN
· Yvette Ladzinski ̶ The Lonely Mosque
· Melissa Min Harvey ̶ The Wild Moon Call
· Clare Testoni ̶ The Lyrebird
· Krystal Barton ̶ North Coburg to Flinders St Station
· Rachel Nightingale ̶ Riverbend
· Jackie Kerin ̶ No Horse, No Cart, No Shoes
· Angie Rega ̶ The Tale of the Seven Magpies
· Danielle McGee – The Origami Mother
· June Perkins – Into the Song Wood
· Zoya Nojin ̶ Rubeliya
· Ella Lamb – The Curse of the Swan Prince
· Muriel Cooper ̶ There was something different about him
· Carolyn Alfonzetti ̶ Hundreds and Thousands
· Jennifer Lehmann ̶ Cricket
· Nola Wernicke ̶ If Cinderella lived in Melbourne
8 June 2020 9am – 4.30pm Heffernan Hall, Hannaford Community Centre, 608 Darling St, Rozelle NSW 2039
Please submit your proposal (Subject heading: Conference Proposal 2020) to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight 14 February 2020.
The imagery of fairy tales is as potent as any spell,
whether through the power of the words to conjure carriages made of pumpkins or
blue bearded villains, or the art that can present those words to our sight in
illustrations, sculptures, jewellery, costumes, photography, paintings, food
decoration, masks, puppetry, automata, garden design, doll houses, toys,
quilts, and all manner of other arts.
The Australian Fairy Tale Society was established to
investigate, create, and communicate fairy tales from an Australian
perspective. Our previous conferences
have been on The Fairy Tale in Australia, Transformations, Into the Bush, So
Many Mattresses, and Gardens of Good and Evil.
Local Rings gather five times a year to explore specific fairy
tales. We have an irregular Ezine and
are working hard at creating an original Anthology, South of the Sun:
Australian Fairy Tales for the 21st Century.https://www.pozible.com/project/south-of-the-sun-1
In our 6th annual conference we want to look (pun intended!) more closely at these visual and artistic representations in Magic Mirrors: the Seen and the Unseen, and we invite you to submit proposals for what you could present at our conference in a variety of forms, because diversity is one of the delights of an AFTS conference.
We are looking for:
Talks of 20 minutes talk with an option
for 5 minutes Q & A. It is possible
that, if we receive many high quality submissions, we may invite several people
to collaborate in a joint presentation.
Please indicate if that would not be acceptable to you.
Performances of storytelling, puppetry,
theatre, singing, music, dance, etc, of no more than 10 minutes performance
with an option for 5 minutes Q&A.
Please include either a video or audio clip of your performance or the
name of an AFTS or Storytelling Guild member who can act as a referee for your
performances. We could also arrange an
Panel presentations or discussions of no
more than 25 minutes total including Q & A.
Workshops (eg art, writing, storytelling,
puppetry, gardening, cake decorating etc) of no more than 30 minutes total
including set up time. These might be
for a family audience if Inner West Council wants to open these sessions to the
public, or might be exclusively for the adults attending the conference.
Displays of your books, art, puppets,
toys, costumes, etc for sale, or to decorate Heffernan Hall.
Feel free to contact us with a new idea!
Here are some possible themes you could explore:
How Australian and international artists have
interpreted fairy tales.
How Australian artists (of all formats, of all
cultures) could interpret fairy tales.
The use of Australian imagery in fairy tale
Character and identity.
Relationships – between characters and
archetypes in stories; fairy tale family dynamics; relationship of Australian
fairy tale arts to international works and to multicultural Australian arts.
Truth, deception, unreliability.
Future – hope and fear, beauty and destruction.
Scenes (as well as Seen) – how stories have been
and can be structured and arranged to shape responses, how perceptions can be
The heart as a mirror.
Seeing ourselves, our families, our cultural
representations, in classic and contemporary fairy tales eg representations of
people with disabilities, various cultural backgrounds, LBGTI representations,
age, “beauty”, etc.
Past – negotiating our history in representing
what is Australian.
Reversals of fortune and perception.
Binaries in fairy tales: male and female, young and old, life and
death, good and evil, light and dark, world and underworld etc.
Multicultural identities in Australia and
Australian arts and stories.
Costumes, masks, theatrical representations of
fairy tales and fairy tale characters.
False representations in fairy tale creators eg
the Grimms and their ”folk collections”, Andrew and Nora Lang, Australian fairy
tale writers using English or Aboriginal sources.
Fairy tale mirrors
Eg In Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, Snow Queen, Mirror
of Matsuyama (Theodora Yei), The Magic Mirror (a Turkish version of The
Firebird), The Three Brothers (Arabian), and how
these relate to Australian culture.
Australian fairy tale retellings
How Australian fairy tale re tellings have or could reflect self, nation, the world.
As always, and in accordance with our Objectives, our focus
is on the Australian interpretation of fairy tales, particularly
contemporary multicultural, diverse Australia.
Including any elements of participation will be positively
Please submit your proposal (Subject heading: Conference Proposal 2020) to email@example.com by midnight 03 February 2020:
A summary of 100-200 words of what you will
communicate and how you will present this.
Bio of max 150 words
Your experience in communicating or investigating this material.
Any special needs for your presentation or expectations of what we
should provide including AV.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
If your presentation is accepted for the conference we will
ask you to provide:
A colour photo in high
resolution, preferably a close-up of your face, suitable for inclusion in a
An introduction which
can be used by the MC.
Permission to use the
material you have given us, including your photograph, in any conference promotions.
If this includes interviews with radio stations or other media we will discuss
this with you first.
Permission to use
elements from your presentation eg photographs, summaries, links to your
publications in future AFTS publications, such as the Ezine. We will discuss these needs as they arise.
Your conference registration will be discounted to $75
including your annual AFTS membership fee for 2020-2021.
We intend to respond to your submissions by the end of February in order to announce the program in March 2020.