AFTS Conferences

The Australian Fairy Tale Society has held conferences since 2014, and we look forward to running more in the future.

Members can access details of our previous conferences, including programs, keynote addresses and sound recordings or videos by visiting the member’s conference index page.

2023 AFTS Conference, Sydney

Title: Cottage, Cauldron, Castle: Power and Place in Fairy Tales

We’ll also be celebrating our 10th anniversary!

Date: June 24-25, 2023
Location: Sydney (Suburb of Campsie)

Keynote: Dr Michelle Smith

Program and Registrations are now live!

General Call for Presentations closed March 11, 11pm AEDT.

2022 AFTS Conference, Brisbane

Title: Australian Fairy Tales: Flesh or Fossil?

Date: October 1-2, 2022

Location: Brisbane’s South Bank precinct

Keynote panel: Bettina Nissen (MC) will converse with Uncle Alan Parsons, Johanna Henwood, and Kathleen Jennings

General Call for Presentations (now closed)
Invitation to Griffith University students closes 7pm, August 29, 2022 (now closed)

Conference details here! (We’re so excited!)

2021 AFTS Conference, Online

Title: Enchanting: Music, Magic, Spells

Date: 12-13 June 2021 online

Location: Online via Zoom

Keynote speaker: Wendy Blaxland

Program2021 Online Conference Program

2021 AFTS Conference, Sydney

Title: Enchanting: Music, Magic, Spells

Date: 14 June 2021 live

Location: Newtown Town Hall, Newtown, NSW

Keynote speaker: Frank Oakes

Program2021 Sydney Conference Program

2020 AFTS Conference

Title: Magic Mirrors: The Seen and The Unseen

Date: 5-8 June 2021

Location: Online via Zoom and Facebook

Keynote speaker: Kathleen Jennings

Program: 2020 AFTS Conference Program

2018 AFTS Conference

Title: Gardens of Good and Evil: Growing Life, Plucking Death

Date: 10 June 2018

Location: The Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, NSW

Keynote speaker: Kate Forsyth

Program2018 AFTS Conference Program

2017 AFTS Conference

Title: So Many Mattresses: Truth, Reality, Fiction On A European Bed

Date: 24 June 2017

Location: Glen Eira Town Hall, Caulfield, VIC

Keynote speaker: Durgah Devi (Dee) Palanisamy

Program2017 AFTS Conference Program

2016 AFTS Conference

Title: Into the Bush: Its Beauty and Its Terror

Date: 26 June 2016

Location: Glen Eira Town Hall, Caulfield, VIC

Keynote speaker: Jackie Kerin

Program: 2016 AFTS Conference Program

Woman with diaphonous clothing and a bared chest holds a ball of golden pollen behind the title Australian Fairy Tale Society 2015 Conference.

2015 AFTS Conference

Title: Transformations: Spinning Straw into Green and Gold

Date: 21 June 2015

Location: NSW Writers’ Centre, Rozelle, NSW

Keynote speaker: Sophie Masson

Program2015 AFTS Conference Program

2014 Inaugural AFTS Conference

Title: The Fairy Tale in Australia

Date: 9 June 2014

Location: Paddington Uniting Church, Paddington, NSW

Keynote speaker: Carmel Bird

Program2014 AFTS Conference Program

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