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Kate Forsyth: Re-Spinning the Magic of Fairytales
Tuesday, May 20 2014 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Ticketed: $85/$75
State Library of NSW, Jean Garling Ante Room, Level 1, Mitchell Wing, Macquarie Street, Sydney
Kate Forsyth
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Fairy tales may well be the oldest stories in the world. Their roots are buried deep in the oral storytelling tradition. Yet they have never been more popular with contemporary audiences.

Writers of adult fiction such as A.S. Byatt and Angela Carter and writers of YA and children’s fiction such as Shannon Hale, Jessica Day George, and Gail Carson Levine have found fairytales a rich vein to mine, as has popular culture in advertisements, fashion, film and television.

Kate Forsyth has been called the Australian queen of fairytales, partly because of her own fairytale inspired fiction and partly because she is one of the first Australians to complete a doctorate in fairytales studies. Join her to learn how to weave a magical world of myths and put your own original spin on the world’s well-known (and less well-known) fairytales.

Duration: three hours
Capacity: 16

Kate Forsyth (Australian)

Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel at seven, and is now the internationally bestselling, award-winning author of 30 books. Voted one of Australia's Favourite 20 Novelists, her adult novels include Dancing on Knives, The Wild Girl, and Bitter Greens, called ‘the best fairy-tale retelling since Angela Carter’. Her children’s books include Two Selkie Tales from Scotland, The Gypsy Crown, and The Puzzle Ring. Kate is a direct descendant of Charlotte Waring, the author of Australia’s first published children’s book.

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