Australian Fairy Tale Society’s 4th Annual Conference – highlights

A wondrous day it was, our Winter Solstice conference, full of marvels and mayhem! As part of the Glen Eira Storytelling Festival, we gathered in the Theatrette, Foyer and Gallery Annex of Glen Eira Town Hall in Caulfield, to share scholarship and creativity on the theme of mattresses… peeling back layers, disguises, self-narratives, identities, provocations and intercultural overlaps here in Australasia. Our membership renewals have been at a record-high during this June-July buzz.

Over the next days I’ll be posting highlights, starting with the exquisite illustration by member Erin-Claire Barrow (this photo pre-framing), presented to a former AFTS president Belinda Calderone, recipient of the inaugural Australian Fairy Tale Society Award:

We’ll beam more about Belinda and her award here soon, including a brilliant sculpture by glass artist Spike Deane that is now part of the Society’s permanent collection. First I’d like to thank both Bel and another former AFTS president, Catherine Snell, for participating in the conference, along with several other former, incoming or continuing committee members.

Thanks Dr Robyn Floyd for initiating and arranging delicious catering and a fairy tale cake contest, including Snow White cupcakes by Rose Gorman and Princess & the Pea cupcakes by Kellie Floyd (photos by MC/storyteller Jackie Kerin):

Lastly for today’s post, here is our Keynote, Durgah Devi (Dee) Palanisamy, who explored layers of cultural perception through use of oral storytelling and puppetry:

Further highlights will include glimpses of the fairy tale quilting workshop and photos of other contributors and their art.

To those who attended, thank you. To those present in spirit only, we hope to meet you at a fairy tale ring. If you’re in Melbourne Thursday 20th July, please join us at the Athenaeum Library for A Fairy Tale Evening 6pm, $15 or $10 for members of Australian Fairy Tale Society, Storytelling Australia Victoria or Athenaeum Library.

Fey regards,

Louisa John-Krol

President, Australian Fairy Tale Society

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