2020 Award Winner

Lorena Carrington

The Australian Fairy Tale Society is delighted to honour
  as winner of the 2020 AFTS Award.

Congratulations Lorena!
 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 took place on the final session of the conference, on Monday 8 June 2020, when attendees all had a chance to see the gorgeous permanent Award created by Spike Deane.

Lorena was also awarded a gift created by artist Zoya Makarova.

Framed picture of a long-haired woman looking out of a window of a log cabin with chicken feet with a kangaroo in the bush in the background, with text awarding the 2020 AFTS Award to Lorena Carrington.
Award made by Zoya Makarova

Lorena Carrington  lorenacarrington.com

Here are some of the things mentioned by her nominators:

“Lorena illustrates books by Australia’s leading fairytale authors such as Kate Forsyth and Sophie Masson, along with her own book of illustrated fairytale quotations, Wiser than Evening.

Lorena is a photographic artist and illustrator. Her book ‘Vasilisa the Wise and Other Tales of Brave Young Women’ with fairy tales retold by Kate Forsyth, was published by Serenity Press in 2017. The follow-up, ‘The Buried Moon and Other Tales of Bright Young Women’ arrived 2019. A third, ‘Snow White, Rose Red and Other Tales of Kind Young Women’, is arriving now and she has more books coming out with Serenity Press (for this series and other fairytale projects) over the next two years.

“She has proven that [fairy tales] are not simply a European phenomenon, locked away in tradition, but rather are a living entity, with tributaries springing from many cultural sources, near and far, ancient and modern, bearing significant relevance to Australia as a leader in vibrant intercultural harmony.”

“Lorena is a respected presenter, often called upon to speak about visual storytelling, creating art in the Australian landscape, and feminism in myth and fairy tales.”