The AFTS Committee


Main Committee:

President – Louisa John-Krol

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Louisa John-Krol has released several CDs of ethereal music on foreign indie labels, exploring faerielore, poetry and mythology. She has performed at international festivals such as Faerieworlds in Oregon, and published in journals, magazines and books. Her professions have spanned fey storytelling (as pioneer of the world’s first fairy shop Wonderwings), admin and teaching. Embroilments include The Elderbrook Chronicles with a soundtrack. Louisa leads Victoria’s Fairy Tale Ring, with a whimsical blog. Other memberships include Writers Victoria, Storytelling Australia Victoria, The Athenaeum Library and the fairy lion (feline) realm of rescuing cats.

Vice President – Suzanne Zammit

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Treasurer – Craig Coulson

Secretary – currently vacant

We are seeking two people to share this role: one to assist with Agendas & Minutes, the other to help maintain our membership database.

Public Officer & Ring Maiden – Jo Henwood

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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.

Social Media & Design – Spike Deane

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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, and feels she has yet to discover much magic, so never stops looking.

Grants & Anthology – Patricia Poppenbeek

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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.

Sub-Committee, Ezine:

Editor in Chief: Claudia Barnett


Sub-Editor: Erin Hallowell-Gartlan

Sub-Editor: Spike Deane

Sub-Committee, Anthology:

Leader: Patricia Poppenbeek

(as pictured in aforementioned Main Committee)

Former Committee members:

Dr Belinda Calderone, Dr Nike Suleway, Susan Clancy, Dr Rebecca-Anne Do Rozario, Joe Vandermeer, Julie Mundy-Taylor, Danuta Raine, Pam Blamey, Penny Clay, Catherine Snell, Gypsy Thornton, Thang Dac Luong, Robyn Floyd, Claudia Barnett


Jo Henwood and Reilly McCarron