Fairy Tale Rings

Cinderella by Debra Phillips

Cinderella and the Pumpkin Vine by Debra Phillips

FTR title only with flourish

Different fairy tales are explored five times a year: February, April, July, September, and November.

Fairy Tale Rings discuss the feature tale’s history and variants, meanings, and Australian perspective. Rings also feature storytelling, displays, and a chance to find out what is happening in the Fairy Tale world today.

Members receive resources of Bibliographies and Points to Ponder which stimulate discussion at Fairy Tale Ring meetings. Members who can’t get to a physical Ring can join the online discussion in the Magic Mirrors via Zoom.

Full of texts to study, books, news, and other media to reference – all with a particular emphasis on the tale’s relationship to Australia – resources of previously explored fairy tales are fonts of useful information for anyone studying or working with the tale in any form! Members can find these reading lists in the Members’ Section at Fairy Tale Biblios and Points to Ponder.

We continue to grow locally-run Rings around the country, so please don’t hesitate to contact our ‘Ring Maiden’, Jo Henwood, email austfairytales@gmail.com to find out what’s happening closest to you, or ask about forming a new Ring.


Ring Leader –  Graham Ross

Location – at the home of different members. Email austfairytales@gmail.com for details.

Time – variable weekend afternoons

Cost – Non members $5


Ring Leader – Kathryn Gossow

Location –   to be advised

Time –   early afternoons

Cost – Non members $5

Visit Brisbane Fairy Tale Ring Facebook group for details


Ring Leader – Pat Simmons

Location –   Various coffee shops in Thirroul.  Contact austfairytales@gmail.com for details.

Cost – Non members $5

Note: They explore different fairy tales from what the rest of the AFTS covers. Contact austfairytales@gmail.com for details.

Magic Mirror

Ring Leader –  Nola Wernicke

Location – Zoom.  Email austfairytales@gmail.com for the link.

Time –  Usually 1.30-4.30

Cost – If you would like to join us to discover what we’re like before joining, please email austfairytales@gmail.com for the link.  Free.


Ring Leader: Jo Henwood

Location – Don Bank Museum 6 Napier St North Sydney. 

Time – 1.30-4.30pm usually the first Saturday of the month.

Cost to cover venue hire  –  Members $7 Non members $10


Ring Leader – Patsy Poppenbeek

Location – varies

Time – varies

Cost – varies

Email austfairytales@gmail.com for details.

Upcoming fairy tales

February 2022 – Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, Little Ragged Blossom, Little Obelia/May Gibbs (Australian)

April 2022 – The Grateful Dead family of fairy tales, especially The Travelling Companion by Hans Christian Andersen

July 2022 – Magic Pomegranate (Turkish) / 4 Skilful Brothers) (Grimms)

September 2022 – Jose Guerne (Chile)  and The Humming Bird and the Condor’s Wife (Chile)

November 2022 – Verde Prato / Green Meadow  (Italian, Basile)

February 2023 – ‘The Black Entire from Bryan O’Ville in the Underworld’ or ‘The Witch’s Tale’ (Irish Australian)

April 2023 – Snow White, Rose Red (Grimms) / Diamonds and Toads (French) – stories of sisters

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