Monthly Archives: February 2015

A Sweeping Tale

 

 
 

Well, it seems that Australian fairy tale authors are on fire at the moment!

Melbourne-based illustrator Kate Churchward has just written, illustrated and published an ebook based around the renowned tale “Cinderella.”

I’ve posted about it here on The Australian Fairy Tale Society website.

 

Happy reading!

Belinda Calderone
The Monash Fairy Tale Salon

 

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Let Down Your Hair

Now that February is in full swing, I’m finally coming out of holiday mode and I’m ready for a great book to sink my teeth into. At the top of my reading list is Dr. Fiona Price‘s novel, Let Down Your Hair.

 

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Have you ever wondered what the “Rapunzel” tale would look like in contemporary times? Price’s novel offers us her idea of a modern-day Rapunzel:

At 22, Sage Rampion has led a strange and cloistered life. She’s been homeschooled, and she’s never owned a cell phone, watched TV or spoken to a man on her own. Everything she’s seen, read and watched has been vetted by her grandmother Andrea, Professor of Women’s Studies and hardline old school feminist.

But before long Sage starts asking questions about the way she was brought up, and the beautiful teenage mother who abandoned her.

Price’s novel has a strong feminist flavour, and draws on the older, darker versions of “Rapunzel,” rather than the more sanitised Grimm and Disney versions.

When I asked Price what brought her to write the book, this was her answer:

“The core idea came to me when I was pregnant with my first child, and found myself pondering how best to raise a daughter in a world where women’s bodies are continually judged and sexualised. I concluded that I’d need to arm her against those messages, because there was no way I could stop her from hearing them.

Then I got to thinking. What if I did try to shield her from those messages? What would it take? For a start, I’d have to home-school her, and be draconian about vetting everything she saw, heard and read. I’d also need to be very strict about the company she kept, and teach her how to analyse media critically as soon as she was old enough to do it.

In short, I’d more or less have to lock her away from the world, rather like the Witch in Rapunzel.

And with that, Andrea Rampion, Professor of Womyn’s Studies, stomped out of the ivory tower and into my head, determined to give her abandoned granddaughter a completely feminist upbringing…”

Can’t wait to read it!

Let Down Your Hair is currently available as an ebook on Amazon, iTunes, Kobo and from the publisher Momentum Books

Happy reading!

 

Enchanted regards,

Belinda Calderone,
The Monash Fairy Tale Salon

 

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Special Fairy Tale Workshop in Sydney – Feb 20-22

 
 

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As a fairy tale researcher, I read A LOT of fairy tales. But I must admit, the Grimms’ “Das Mädchen ohne Hände” (The Maiden Without Hands) has always been a favourite of mine. There are over a hundred variants, often known as “The Handless Maiden,” “Silver Hands” or “The Armless Maiden.”

So when I was told that there was a fairy tale workshop this month in Sydney that centres around the tale, I was super excited!

This beautiful workshop is run by Heather Keens, an experienced individual and family therapist, and Joan Harcourt, an experienced body psychotherapist and group leader. Together they will help attendees explore this rich fairy tale from a Jungian psychological perspective.

As Keens and Harcourt remind us, “The Handless Maiden is a story about individuation, about developing one’s inner strength, resilience and creativity. It is a story about losing your hands, living with silver hands and finding your hands.”

The part I love the most is that these inspiring women take this tale of loss and healing, and make it personal to the attendees: “there will be an opportunity to explore your own journey to the conscious feminine and the inner positive masculine in a safe and contained setting. We work through discussion, metaphor and symbol, movement, dream work and art in this process.”

Sounds incredible!

This workshop will be of interest to health professionals, counsellors, expressive therapists, storytellers, writers or anyone engaged in their own psychological journey.

To download and print a PDF with all the details, click here: Handless Maiden Flier.

 

Magical regards,

Belinda Calderone
The Monash Fairy Tale Salon

 
 

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Fairy Tale Conference in June

Hello and Happy New Year to our fairy tale lovers!

I’m delighted to start the year by announcing that the Australian Fairy Tale Society is holding its second annual conference on June 21.

 
 

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The theme is “Transformations: Spinning Straw into Green and Gold.”

The call for papers is still open until February 27, so get in quick. See the call for papers here: AFTS Call for Papers 2015

Looking forward to a great year of fairy tale discussion!

Enchanted regards,

Belinda Calderone
The Monash Fairy Tale Salon

 

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