Press Release – Australian Fairy Tale Society’s Annual Conference

Herewith our announcement to media & arts promoters, presenting our 4th Annual Conference. Do feel free to download this PDF, for sharing it hither and thither. Perhaps you live near a library or university campus? A bookshop, gallery or performance cafe? Let your community know about us, and hey… if you haven’t yet joined or renewed your membership, or registered for this event, now is a great time to do so! Australian Fairy Tale SocietyMay-June 2017Press Release-

Bursary invitation!

The Australian Fairy Tale Society is offering a bursary for attendance at our 2017 Conference, ‘So Many Mattresses:  Truth, Reality, Fiction on a European Bed’, to be held at Glen Eira Town Hall, Melbourne on Saturday 24 June.  This bursary will cover:

  • Conference registration
  • Transport up to $250
  • Accommodation up to $100 per night for 2 nights
  • A “fairy godmother/father” as conference mentor.

Here are two ways you can submit the form: Bursary Application Form

(1) print, fill by hand, scan & email to us; or (2) ask Jo or I to email you the word doc as an attachment, so you can type into it, and return that to us:

We look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible this year!

Fey regards – from your dedicated committee.

Australian Fairy Tale Society 2017 Conference Programme – Overview

AFTS Conference Programme 

Keynote, MC, Presenters, Activities

“So Many Mattresses: Truth, Reality, Fiction, On A European Bed”

What lies beneath?

storytelling, academic papers, discussion panel, workshop, multi-media,

art displays, writing, cuisine, music & more.

Explore the manifold layers of Australian fairy tale

from lotus petals to swags; brumbies, bunyips, bilbies, gumnuts & provocative peas…


Announcing Our 2017 Conference!




. . .

The Australian Fairy Tale Society

. . .

Invites you to attend our 4th Annual Conference

. . .


.Our theme this year is:

“So Many Mattresses: Truth, Reality, Fiction On A European Bed”

Would we recognise an Australian fairy tale if it came to our doorstep, lacking robes of “once upon a time”, looking a little bedraggled? How do we sort truths from transplants?

Many “mattresses” have unrolled in Australia – historical, cultural, interpretative, creative – and more await stimulation by that provocative pea (or gumnut), inducing dreams and imaginings.

Awaken to the kiss of curiosity! What lies beneath? How might you respond, or create your own?

Learn! Create! Meet! Explore! Discuss! Enjoy!

Join us as we venture into layers of possibility…

What: Australian Fairy Tale Society 4th Annual Conference, as part of the 2017 Glen Eira Storytelling Festival

When: Saturday 24th June 2017, 8:30am registration, 9am commencement, 5pm closing

Where: Glen Eira Town Hall, Caulfield, Victoria

Who: All adults welcome. We are a national, intercultural, intergenerational, interdisciplinary non-profit group, also a registered charity. We focus on collecting, preserving, discussing, sharing and creating Australian fairy tales. Our aim is to encourage academics, writers, artists, performers and enthusiasts from around the country to network and share all things fairy tale through a national website, annual conferences and local fairy tale rings.


  • $65 members of the Australian Fairy Tale Society ($25 to join)
  • $85 students & Glen Eira council residents
  • $95 full price



ABN: 31539717636

[Note – Image: “Exotic” © Kathleen Jennings, used with permission]