Fairy Tale Installation by Member Debra Phillips Now On Display

image001As announced in our “Upcoming Events” section of the first ezine, our own Debra Phillips (Founding Member, artist, writer, PhD candidate, pillar of the Sydney Fairy Tale Ring and all round wonderful human being) has created an installation in the garden of the Don Bank Museum garden, as part of a festival for a combined North Sydney/ Australian Catholic University event.

image002As someone who enjoys exploring fairy tale themes in many different mediums, Debra “deliberately designed it with a fairy tale quality for us and to be in harmony with the oldy-worldy interior of the cottage”.

The display will remain in place until the end of September, and she will be there in person, this Saturday, September 10th, 2016.

If you’re in the area, come check it out. You’ll love it.

You can learn more about Debra and her eye-catching public installations HERE.

SNEAK PEEK: AFTS Ezine, Issue #1

It is with great pleasure, excitement and anticipation that I can FINALLY announce that we have been cooking up (in our cauldrons) an online ezine (electronic magazine) exclusively for our members!

A small yet extremely talented team have been putting together the magazine that will be exclusively for our members, published every other month and aligned with the fairy ring tale. We wanted to create something that was an expansion of the newsletter, so that we can feature content created by our members in order to celebrate their talents and achievements.

Here’s a sneak peek of the first edition’s cover! Doesn’t it look amazing??

Time to get renewing those memberships, or sign up!


(AFTS President)

AFTS Ezine Cover Only Preview



Member Creations: Fairy Tale Watercolours

At the Australian Fairy Tale Society, we LOVE to celebrate the achievements and creations of our members. The following watercolours were created as presenter gifts at the recent AFTS Annual Conference by one of our founding members, Debra Phillips. They have clear links to fairy tale and present a magical perspective in watercolour. We are so grateful to Debra for providing the artwork to be given as gifts to our presenters. Wonderful work, Debra!


Deb's Art 1 - Once upon a time

Once Upon a Time

Deb's Art 6 - Cinderella, Belle of the Balle

Cinderella, Belle of the Balle

Deb's Art 7 - LRRH, Defender of the peace

Little Red Riding Hood, Defender of the Peace

Deb's Art 13 - Hansel and Gretel burn the witch

Hansel and Gretel burn the witch

Deb's Art 12 - Princess and the peas

Princess and the peas

Deb's Art 11 - Goldilocks and the three bears

Goldilocks and the three bears

Deb's Art 10 - Snow white and the witch queen

Snow White and the witch queen

Deb's Art 9 - Rapunzel


Deb's Art 8 - Princess of the peas

Princess of the peas

Deb's Art 14 - Gingerbread man, run as fast as you can

Gingerbread man, run as fast as you can.

Deb's Art 15 - LRRH brings the wolf to visit Grandma

Little Red Riding Hood brings the wolf to visit Grandma

Deb's Art 16 - Hansel and Gretel find the cake stall

Hansel and Gretel find the cake stall

Deb's Art 17 - LRRH, Wolf slayer

Little Red Riding Hood, Wolf Slayer

Deb's Art 18 - Hansel and Gretel at the table of delights

Hansel and Gretel at the table of delights

Deb's Art 19 - Cinderella's Godmother

Cinderella’s Godmother

Deb's Art 20 - LRRH and wolf

Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf

Deb's Art 5 - Who hears when apples fall into the woods

Who hears when apples fall into the woods

Deb's Art 4 - What waits as we go into the woods.jpeg

What waits as we go into the woods

Deb's Art 3 - Stories take us into the woods

Stories take us into the woods

Deb's Art 2 - Once more, into the woods, dear friends

Once more, into the woods, dear friends



A Magical Conference & A New Committee!!


Good afternoon, fairy tale enthusiasts,

Well, yesterday’s conference was simply… ENCHANTING!!!

The quality of the presentations was truly exceptional and the vibe in the room was one of warmth and inclusivity. I couldn’t have wished for a better day!

A HUGE thank you to all of our presenters:

Keynote speaker Jackie Kerin
Catherine Snell
Jo Henwood (who saved the day by offering a story in place of one of our unwell storytellers!)
Angie Rega
Nicola Burke
Robyn Floyd
Louise Fowler-Tutt
Kirstyn McDermott
Jeremy Shub
Diana Lovett

And many healing fairy wishes for our 2 presenters who couldn’t make it due to illness, Roslyn Quin and Eliza-Jane Henry-Jones.

Also, thank you to Lorena Carrington and Zeinab Yazdanfar for their gorgeous display tables (with help from the beautiful Louisa John-Krol, who also enchanted us all with her chiming fairy-scarf-wand!)

Special thanks also go the Glen Eira Council staff, Robyn Floyd and her friend Phillippa for putting in so much work with the catering, photographer Dave Jacobson, and Michelle De Stefani.

We also had our AGM during lunch and elected the next committee – woo! It is my great honour to introduce your 2016/2017 committee for the Australian Fairy Tale Society:


President: Catherine Snell

Vice President: Louisa John-Krol

Treasurer: Catherine Snell

Secretary: Penelope Clay

Ordinary Member: Jo Henwood

Ordinary Member: Gypsy Thornton (our fabulous overseas committee member in L.A, sadly not pictured above due to the giant ocean between us – we love you, Gypsy!)

Ordinary Member: Thang Luong

What a great group of people! I have all the faith in the world in them and I wish them all the very best for the year ahead.

I also wanted to say a huge thank you to the 2015/2016 committee: Catherine Snell, Sue Clancy, Nike Sulway, Jo Henwood, Gypsy Thornton, Joe Vandermeer, and Rebecca-Anne Do Rozario. It has been a true honour to serve on the committee with you all.

You’ll be hearing from the new committee soon with photos from the day and audio recordings of the presentations. Stay tuned!

This is Dr Belinda Calderone… signing off!🙂



Our 3rd Annual Conference is THIS Weekend!

Instagram banner of FINAL APPROVED Australian Fairy Tale Society 2016 Conf Program

‘Into the Woods’ is a phrase that has become closely linked to the fairytale genre. It conjures up all manner of fairytale images, such as roguish wolves waiting behind trees and lost children stumbling upon gingerbread houses. But how does it translate into the Australian fairytale tradition? The third annual conference will explore what happens when we venture … ‘Into the Bush’, and will include academic papers, readings, music and storytelling performances.

(from the City of Glen Eira website)

This year, we are having our conference in the lovely state of Victoria, at the Glen Eira Town Hall in Caulfield. You can check the great presentations we have lined up HERE.

It’s also a great opportunity to have a full day of rubbing elbows with fairy tale enthusiasts and experts of all kinds, over cups of tea and delicious offerings during the breaks too.

In addition, we’ll be live tweeting, and posting on Facebook and Instagram using #aftsconf2016. Feel free to join the conversation by using the hashtag, whether you’re at the conference or following along from afar.

Hope to see you there! (Psst! Make sure to register before Sunday!)