Look what’s happening in Victoria!

The Victorian Fairy Tale Ring has forthcoming events, to which you are all invited.

1. May 28, 2pm: Our free fairytale event at the quaint & historic Athenaeum Library, 188 Collins St, Melbourne.

Logo of the Melbourne Atheneum Library with building silhouette and subtext The Pleasure of Words beside an image of a pile of books in front of 4 women in front of filled bookshelves.

Add some much-needed magic to your life!

Why are fairy tales still so fascinating? What is a fairy tale? Are there Australian fairy tales? Come to the Athenaeum Library at 2pm on Saturday 28 May 2022 to hear Carmel Bird and the other writers and illustrators of South of the Sun – Australian Fairy Tales for the 21st Century discuss this and other questions.

South of the Sun is an enchanting, illustrated book of fairy tales, but not the kind you read to children at bedtime. They are strictly for the grown-ups. There are dark stories where things don’t end happily ever after, tales to make you laugh out loud, stories of sweet revenge and scenes of sheer delight in the world of magic and the fey.  

There will be magical music, readings, book sales and free refreshments, too!

Bookings essential. Contact library@melbourneathenaeum.org.au or phone 9650 3100.

2. June 23-30, Bendigo Library: Winter Solstice Celebration: Love of the Fey.

Modern building lit up by old fashioned street light and other glowing lights.

A week-long exhibition of Lorena Carrington’s illustrations bumps in on Thurs June 23rd and will culminate in two sessions of Louisa John-Krol’s storytelling and music on June 30th.

June 30th includes guests for South of the Sun readings, informal author chat, face-painting, costume prizes, signings & sales. 

  •          The 2pm session will probably be for ages 8 – 12, by library’s request, and
  •          The 5.30pm session is for grown-ups with dress-up theme, which is likely to have gothic, psychedelic, steampunk, pre-Raphaelite, cross-dressing and other flamboyant elements. All genders welcome.