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.
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.
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