Website graphic design

Devahuti Rai Chaliha sits on a sofa smiling and holding a mug. Behind her is an Indian statue.
Devahuti Rai Chaliha, “Debs”

Sharp-eyed visitors will have seen our beautiful new header, and gallery images on the Activities and Shop pages linking us to where we want to go.

Who is responsible for these beautiful images? Devahuti Rai Chaliha, PhD student by day, AFTS volunteer by night.

Thank you, Debs!

South of the Sun Castlemaine library launch

Celebrate the launch of this groundbreaking anthology with Carmel Bird, Cate Kennedy and Sarah Hart, in a panel chaired by Lorena Carrington, as they discuss fairy tales for grown-ups in contemporary Australia.

Date and time

Sat., 3 July 2021

10:00 am – 11:00 am AEST

Location

Castlemaine Library

212 Barker Street

Castlemaine, VIC 3450

BOOK HERE

Goldfields Libraries officer Hayley West, authors Carmel Bird and Cate Kennedy and illustrator Lorena Carrington are looking forward to the July 3 event.

Read the Fairytales for Grownups article in the Midland express here

Red Riding Hood and Bluebeard

Little Red Riding Hood: A Discourse of Disciplinary Punishment by AFTS member Claudia Barnett can be read in the next issue of Gramarye -The Journal of the Chichester Centre for  Fairy Tales, Fantasy and Speculative Fiction.

Pre order here

Claudia is also presenting a paper entitled Inside Her Skin: Gendered Violence In Ex Machina & Bluebeard at the Popular Culture Association’s Conference on the 5th June, 2021.

Session Information: FAIRY TALES VI: FEMINISM AND GENDER IN FAIRY TALES
Date: Saturday, June 5, 2021
Time: 12:30pm to 1:50pm

Congratulations Claudia!

South of the Sun – Pre orders!

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.

So if you’re ready – once upon a time…

Pre-order South of the Sun from our partner publisher Serenity Press

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 FORSYTHAUTHOR 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