ONCE UPON A TIME: Fairy tales for our times

Six AFTS fairies from our book South of the Sun are guests of Bendigo Writers Festival!

Along with their own sessions, several are on a fairytale panel  ONCE UPON A TIME: Fairy tales for our times.

Claudia BarnettLorena Carrington and Sophie Masson with host Eugen Bacon Friday 7 May 4.30pm-5.30pm Capital Theatre $20 / $16 concession

Who tells fairy stories? And who gets to listen? The tales handed down through the generations are worked and reworked by inventive writers and new stories are added to the store. What’s their lasting appeal and why have they been so necessary to different cultures? Eugen Bacon is joined by Claudia Barnett, Lorena Carrington and Sophie Masson to bring us up to date with the fairy world.

We are also delighted to be celebrating with these authors the publication of South of the Sun: Australian Fairy Tales for the 21st Century.


Sophie Masson and Eugen Bacon present additional sessions Sat and/or Sun, Rachel Nightingale joins Eugen, and Carmel Bird presents on Saturday night. 

To read their profiles and/or book tickets: https://www.bendigowritersfestival.com.au/all-writers

Arts Law Centre beams national Case Study of AFTS Anthology!

We are thrilled to announce an unexpected honour. It involves the Australian Fairy Tale Society’s anthology, South of the Sun – Australian fairy tales for the 21st century. Our subcommittee liaised with the national Arts Law Centre to develop contracts for contributing authors and illustrators, as well as a publishing licence/service agreement with Serenity Press. ALC has a policy called Artists First, and is so pleased with our work – particularly as a not-for-profit group – that they requested to turn us into a Case Study!

After considering the pros and cons, we voted unanimously YES. Our chief illustrator, Lorena Carrington, graciously met their request to present our book’s front cover. This is excellent for our profile. It means AFTS effectively stands as an example for other Arts groups to follow. Law students can study us. Lawyers can refer to our work, and the ALC’s library may well carry the templates we developed together.

Here is a link to the Case Study:https://www.artslaw.com.au/case-studies/arts-law-assists-the-australian-fairy-tale-society/

AFTS Award winner

2019 AFTS award ann

Congrats Dr Robyn Floyd on winning the 2019 Australian Fairy Tale Society’s national Fairy Tale Award! The prize acknowledges contributions to the fairy-tale field in Australia. Robyn is an expert on Australian fairy tales, exploring the history and impact of their publication, with her PhD thesis and blog, Early Australian Fairy Taleshttps://robynelainefloyd.blogspot.com/ 
She’s served on our Committee, presented seminars and frequently contributed to our Ezine. 

Welcome to the Australian Fairy Tale Society’s new website!

The AFTS sparked to life over a casual Facebook conversation between co-founders Reilly McCarron and Jo Henwood in July 2013. Since then the foundations of the society have been soundly built, we have a strong Founding Membership including internationally renowned fairy tale scholars Jack Zipes and Maria Tatar, a successful crowd funding campaign, and a wonderful inaugural conference to set us on our path of enchantment.

Our very first committee was elected at the conference on Monday 9th June, 2014, and I’d like to formally welcome Julie Mundy-Taylor as Vice President, Pam Blamey as Secretary, Danuta Raine as Treasurer, and Jo Henwood (co-founder), Belinda Calderone, and Thang D. Luong as committee members.

This website is a platform for fairy tale lovers across Australia, and beyond, to gather together around the ether-hearth and share in the magic of Australian fairy tales. It belongs to all of us so please feel free to contribute your fairy tale folklore, events, news, reviews, and comments.

Thanks for your interest and support.

From the depths of the forest,

Reilly McCarron.

AFTS President