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.

Upcoming fairy tales

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

April 2023 – Snow White and Rose Red (Grimms – German) / Diamonds and Toads (Perrault’s ‘The Fairies’ – French) – stories of sisters

July 2023 – The Prince and the Three Fates also known as The Doomed Prince (Egyptian)

September 2023 – Donkeyskin (Perrault – French)

November 2023 – The Elves (3 stories) (Grimms – German)

Magic Mirror

A laptop with the AFTS logo on the screen sits inside an oval frame. Underneath is a gum leaf bearing the words Magic Mirror.

Ring Leader (from 2023) –  Jo Henwood

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

Time –  1.30-4.30 AEDT

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

Upcoming Magic Mirror discussions

Saturday 25 February ‘The Witch’s Tale’ or “The Black Entire of Bryan O’Ville in the Underworld” (Irish Australian)

Sunday 23 April ‘Diamonds and Toads/The Fairies’ (Perrault), and Snow White, Rose Red (Grimms)

Saturday 22 July “The Doomed Prince’ aka ‘The Prince and the Three Fates’ (Egyptian)

Sunday 24 September ‘Donkeyskin’ (Perrault)

Sunday 3 December ‘The Elves’ (Grimms)


Inside an oval frame, a winged girl with curly toed boots leans back against a gum tree. A towsled bird perches in the tree. A tied bag sits on the path by the girl, which leads into distant hills. Under the oval, a gum leaf holds the text Adelaide Fairy Tale 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


An oval frame contains cartoon style grass and a cloud in the sky. A gum nut underneath contains the text Brisbane Fairy Tale Ring.

Ring Leaders – Kathryn Gossow and Bettina Nissen

Location – State Library of Queensland

Time –   early afternoons

Cost – Non-members $5

Visit Brisbane Fairy Tale Ring Facebook group for details


A stylised sulphur-crested cockatoo perches in an intricate pattern. Beyond, is a mountain top and clouds. Underneath, a gum leaf contains the words Illawarra Fairy Tale Ring.

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.


Neatly contained in an oval frame, a colourful cottage nestles in between trees with the moon rising above. A gum nut underneath holds the text Sydney Fairy Tale Ring.

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


A very cute seahorse curls inside an oval frame. A gum leaf underneath contains the text Victoria Fairy Tale Ring.

Ring Leader – Patsy Poppenbeek

Location – varies

Time – varies

Cost – varies

Email austfairytales@gmail.com for details.

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