President and Ring Maiden: Jo Henwood
Jo Henwood is always telling stories in some form.
She is an Accredited Storyteller with Australian Storytellers, AFTS Secretary, and an accredited Professional Guide with the Institute of Australian Tour Guides, leading tours around many Sydney heritage sites as a Tour Guide and Education Officer. Jo is a museum theatre creative, workshop leader and public speaker on literature, history, creative writing, intangible culture, and storytelling. She is currently a FEAST mentor to heritage sites Storytellers.
Her qualifications include BA (Library Science), Tour Guiding Cert III, Grad Dip Museum Studies, Grad Cert Gifted Ed, and M. Cultural Heritage.
Membership officer: Diane Curran
Diane Curran is a writer of reimagined fairy tales with a twist of gay, along with young adult fiction and stories about women with attitude, who are navigating the contemporary dating landscape and finding themselves through creative pursuits. Along with dabbling in paintng and mixed media, she sometimes finds time to create collage poetry by cutting words from magazines and assembling into poems. At other times, she can be found at home just hanging out with her favourite procrasti-CAT, Mojo, on the beautiful Mid North Coast. She is currently a servant of the public but feeds her love for culture in various voluntary positions.
Secretary: Kathy Smart
Kathy Smart is a videogame designer in Adelaide, South Australia. Her studio Joy Everafter Stories produced Frog’s Princess, an interactive storybook for 9-11-year old children, accessible to blind or deaf readers.
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Devahuti (“Debs”) Rai Chaliha is a PhD student by day, AFTS volunteer by night.
Serene Conneeley is a writer with a fascination for history, travel, ritual and the myth and magic of ancient places and cultures. She is the author of the Into the Mists and Into the Storm Trilogies, original faery tales The Swan Maiden and The Snow Queen’s Daughter, plus the non-fiction books Faery Magic, Mermaid Magic and Witchy Magic, and Seven Sacred Sites, A Magical Journey, and the meditation CD Sacred Journey: A Meditation to Connect You to the Magic of the Earth.
Patricia Poppenbeek is a writer, freelance editor, and chair of the anthology committee that published ‘South of the Sun’. Her work includes a retelling of Cinderella in the Romance Writers of Australia anthology, Little Gems, ‘The Magician’s Boy’ in online magazine Timeless Tales, the essay ‘Virus Wonderland’ in 2020 Vision and ‘The Timely Chocolate Shop’ in Issue 10 of the AFTS ezine. In the tradition of Dick Whittington, her writing group, the Cartridge Family, won a City of Melbourne grant to publish Melbourne Subjective, an anthology that included three of her stories, one of which was historical fantasy.
Shirley Way is a founding member of the Australian Fairy Tale Society, a former president of the Queensland Storytelling Guild, and a current member of South Burnett Arts. The passionate arts advocate is also the Local News Director for Queensland’s Resonate Regional Radio Network
Nola Wernicke has enjoyed fairytales for a while now. Over the past few years her poetry has been influenced by them. She’s had some haiku and free verse published in various places, such as Page Seventeen (Victoria) Free Xpression (New South Wales) and The Mozzie (Queensland).
She lives in regional Victoria among trees and hills, ripe places for fairytales to be written.
Graphic Design: Spike Deane
Spike Deane is a visual artist specialising in cast glass. She makes art about folklore, fairy tales and myth.
Editor: Shirley Way
Graphic Design: Spike Deane
Former Editors: Gypsy Thornton, Claudia Barnett, Rebecca-Anne Do Rozario
Former Sub-Editors: Erin Hallowell-Gartlan & Louisa John-Krol (founding co-editor with Gypsy Thornton & then-president Catherine Snell), Avleen Masawan
Chair: Patricia Poppenbeek
Anthology Secretary: Louisa John-Krol
Anthology Visual Arts Manager: Lorena Carrington
Anthology Subcommittee elves:
Gabi Brown, Kathryn Gossow, Suzanne Zammit & Rebecca-Anne Do Rozario
Co-Publisher/Partner: Serenity Press, Western Australia
Link to anthology: https://australianfairytales.com/
Jo Henwood and Reilly McCarron
Position Descriptions (Procedures, Roles, Responsibilities)
Membership Officer: a role formed in April 2018