The AFTS Leadership


2021 Committe

Treasurer: Nicholas Simm

Membership officer: Diane Curran

Secretary: Jo Henwood

Jo Henwood is an Accredited Storyteller with the Storytelling Guild of NSW, co-founder and Public Officer of the Australian Fairy Tale Society, and the Ring Maiden who coordinates the Fairy Tale Rings.  She is qualified in Cultural Heritage, Museum Studies, Gifted Education, Tour Guiding, and Librarianship.  As well as storytelling Jo works as a Tour Guide and Education Officer in various Sydney heritage sites. She also organises the Professional Development Days for Museums Australia Education and the first World Storytelling Day celebrated in Sydney. Her favourite fairy tales have turned out to be the Animal Bridegroom variants. Her greatest delight in the AFTS has been discovering new meanings in familiar tales and being provoked to create Australian interpretations, as well as meeting some fascinating people.

Ordinary members

Patsy Poppenbeek copy

Patricia Poppenbeek is an award winning writer and freelance editor, whose published work includes a retelling of Cinderella in the Romance Writers of Australia anthology, Little Gems. In the tradition of Dick Whittington, her writing group, the Cartridge Family, won a City of Melbourne grant to publish Melbourne Subjective, an anthology. This included three of her stories, one of which is historical fiction with a touch of fantasy. Her most recently published stories include ‘The Magician’s Boy’ in the online magazine Timeless Tales. Her current novel, a YA fantasy about an Artful Dodger girl who is a shadow mage trying to stop Jack the Ripper, was runner up in a 2016 San Francisco Writers Conference competition.

Shirley Way

Selene Conneeley

Nola Henderson

Social Media & Design: Spike Deane

Spike Deane is a glass artist based in Canberra, Australia, working primarily in cast glass, though she likes to mix it up now and then with textiles, animation and other materials. Her themes – and artistic practice – focus on underlying narratives found in folk and fairy tales to consider questions of becoming, transformation and ‘the hopeful journey’. She exhibits throughout Australia, between working in her home studio and at the Canberra Glassworks, the nation’s centre of glass art.

Ezine Troupe:

Editor: Shirley Way

Former Editors: Gypsy Thornton, Claudia Barnett, Rebecca-Anne Do Rozario.

Sub-Editor: Spike Deane, 

Former Sub-Editors:

Erin Hallowell-Gartlan & Louisa John-Krol (founding co-editor

with Gypsy Thornton & then president Catherine Snell), Avleen Masawan.

Sub-Committee, Anthology:

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

Former AFTS Committee members:

Reilly McCarron (1st President), Dr Belinda Calderone (2nd President), Catherine Snell (3rd President), Louisa John-Krol (4th President), Dr Nike Suleway, Susan Clancy, Dr Rebecca-Anne Do Rozario, Joe Vandermeer, Julie Mundy-Taylor, Danuta Raine, Pam Blamey, Penny Clay, Gypsy Thornton, Thang Dac Luong, Dr Robyn Floyd, Claudia Barnett, Craig Coulson, Georgina Ballantine, Nicole Logue, Suzanne Zammit, Gabi Brown, Harsha Chugh & Spike Deane.


Jo Henwood and Reilly McCarron