Academics & Writers

During its time, the Monash Fairy Tale Salon aimed to bring together fairy tale researchers from around Australia. Below is a register of Australian academics who were researching various aspects of the fairy tale genre when the Salon closed in 2017. Also included are creative writers who draw on fairy tales in their work.


Dr Belinda Calderone (VIC)

Belinda Calderone Belinda Calderone recently completed her PhD in fairy tales. Her thesis is entitled Mothers, Monsters and Midwives: The Evolution of Motherhood in European Fairy Tales. She has published and given conference papers on various aspects of the fairy-tale genre and has a book chapter, “The Monster Inside Me: Unnatural Births in Early Modern Italian and French Fairy Tales” in Beyond the Monstrous: Reading from the Cultural Imaginary. View Belinda’s academic profile at


Dr Rebecca-Anne Do Rozario (VIC)

Rebecca-Anne Do RozarioRebecca-Anne C. Do Rozario teaches at Monash University, where her units include Fairy Tale Traditions and Fairy Tale in Italy, the latter taught at Monash’s campus in Tuscany. She spent her postdoctoral years writing about Disney musicals and has since been publishing on a range of topics, including Wizard Rock, picture books, fantasy lit. paratexts and, of course, fairy tales. She is currently working on a project about fashion in fairy tale and recently published her own fairy tale, “Old & Cursed” in As You Wish: The Loathly Lady Issue (Scheherezade’s Bequest). She can be found on her blog, and on twitter as @docinboots


Victoria Tedeschi (VIC)

Victoria TedeschiVictoria Tedeschi is a PhD candidate currently studying at the University of Melbourne. Her dissertation is entitled “Environmentalism in Fairy Tale Literature” and it focuses on 19th-century English translations of the Grimms and Hans Christian Andersen. She spends most of her days studying the components of magic beanstalks and impregnating flowers. She can be contacted at



Carmel Bird (VIC)

Carmel BirdCarmel Bird is an Australian novelist. Her work explores many subjects and forms, and sometimes reveals her longtime fascination with the fairy tale and its role in society. Her novel Red Shoes was short listed for the Miles Franklin Award. Visit Carmel’s website at or email her at




Dr Robyn Floyd (VIC)

Robyn Floyd

Robyn Kellock Floyd is a Primary School Vice Principal who combines her passion for teaching literature, and research into early Australian fairy tales  (pre-1910).  Robyn has also written short stories, community histories and articles for educational and parenting magazines as well as co-ordinating a combined schools project that produced bilingual children’s books in English and Auslan (Australian sign language). Robyn writes a blog reflecting on aspects of her research



Sherryl Clark (VIC)

Sherryl ClarkSherryl Clark’s first children’s book, The Too-Tight Tutu was published in 1997. She now has more than 65 children’s titles published, as well as two collections of poetry. She graduated with an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University in Minnesota in 2013. While studying there, she became interested in fairy tale picture books, and is now undertaking a creative writing PhD at Victoria University, Melbourne, in which she is researching original and modern fairy tales and writing her own. She has been teaching creative writing at TAFE and in the community for more than 20 years, and does author visits and writing workshops in schools. Visit Sherryl’s website at or email her at


Dr Tamara Jordan (VIC)


Dr Tamara Jordan is a Melbourne-based German multimedia artist, researcher and lecturer in the Department of Design at Monash University Melbourne (Faculty of Art Design & Architecture). Tamara holds a PhD in the field of Design (Monash University). The exegesis is entitled Once Upon A Time? Re-designing the Traditional Tale: Exploring the Boundaries and Opportunities of Contemporary Folktale Adaptations in Film And Associated Media. Her research interest focuses on the nature of traditional narratives, and their adaptations in visual media, film and aniation in a transcultural context. Tamara’s design practice is driven by a great passion for visual storytelling and her distinctive and illustrative imagery is often inspired by her research work on ancient stories, myths and folktales. You can visit her work on or contact her at


Helen Hopcroft (NSW)

Helen HopcroftHelen Hopcroft is an artist and writer who grew up on the island of Tasmania, completed a Fine Arts degree in Hobart and then traveled to London to complete a Masters degree in Painting at the Royal College of Art (1992-1994). After living in London for some years, she returned to Australia in 2000 to participate in the Adelaide Festival. Her publication list includes Art Monthly Australia, Ceramic Art & Perception, the Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, NAVA quarterly, 40 Degrees South 2012 anthology, unsweetened (UNSW literary review), and various other online or print media resources. The University of Newcastle published her first book, 100 women, co-written with Katharine Gillett. She is currently working on a trilogy of erotic fairy tale novels. Hopcroft’s research interests include animals in revisionist and traditional fairy tales. She is a PhD candidate in the English and Writing program at the University of Newcastle. Her thesis title is ‘The moment of transformation: women, animals and power within the context of revisionist fairy tales’. Visit Helen’s blog at


 Reilly McCarron (NSW)

Reilly McCarronReilly McCarron is a folklorist, storyteller, musician and writer with a Graduate Diploma in Australian Folklife through Curtin University. She is an accredited member of the Australian Storytellers’ Guild (NSW) and a Bard with the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. Having travelled the Fairy Tale Route in Germany in 2010, she has articles published in Museum Victoria’s folklore journal Play and Folklore, and writes regularly for inSpirit Magazine on fairy tale themes. Reilly has presented academic papers at the National Folklore Conference and the inaugural Monash Fairy Tale Salon symposium. In 2012 she wrote and performed her one woman show ‘Sleeping Kingdom, Waking Beauty’, touring across Victoria and back home for the Sydney Fringe Festival. She is the president of the Australian Fairy Tale Society. Reilly can be found at or email


Dr Kate Forsyth (NSW)

Kate ForsythKate Forsyth wrote her first novel at the age of seven, and is now the bestselling, award-winning author of 26 books, published in 15 countries. She was recently voted one of Australia’s Favourite 25 Novelists, and has been called ‘one of the finest writers of this generation’. Her historical novel for adults, The Wild Girl, tells the story of star-crossed lovers Wilhelm Grimm and Dortchen Wild, who told him many of the most world’s most famous fairy-tales. Her previous novel for adults Bitter Greens is a retelling of the Rapunzel fairy tale, interwoven with the true life story of the woman who first wrote the tale. It was called ‘the best fairy tale retelling since Angela Carter’. Kate’s books for children include The Gypsy Crown and The Puzzle Ring, called ‘a richly told tale of history, magic and intrigue by a wonderful storyteller.’ Kate has spoken at conferences and festivals around the world, most recently at Oxford University. She has run writing retreats in Australia, Fiji, and Greece, and taught writing from Scotland to Singapore, Chicago to Chichester. Her website is


T.D. Luong (NSW)

T.D. LuongT.D. (Thang Dac) Luong is a Sydney based writer and lawyer. He was born in 1971, the Year of the Pig, during the Vietnam War (1945-1975). The Year of the Pig is considered to be a lucky year in Vietnamese culture. Such luck steered him and his family to Australia as refugees on 20 June 1975, shortly after the war ended. Not surprisingly, he has been inspired by the role of pigs in fairy tales. His short story Refugee Wolf (Flying Pig Media, 2013) is a re-invention of The Three Little Pigs fairy tale. The story is a dark satire about a society of excess and how it fears asylum seekers. Thang’s interest in how animals are used in fairy tales to represent human values started in the early 1980s when he watched the TV cult classic Monkey on the ABC. He believes that regardless of how short or long a fairy tale or fable is, we can find an aspect of ourselves in them. Thang has completed a Masters of Arts in Creative Writing (UTS) and is currently working on a novel inspired by his late dad, a persecuted journalist during the war. Visit Thang’s blog at


Sophie Masson (NSW)

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Sophie Masson is the award-winning author of over 65 books for children, young adults and adults. Hunter’s Moon (RHA, 2015), latest in her series of YA novels inspired by fairytales, followed The Crystal Heart(CBCA Notable Book 2015); Scarlet in the Snow; and Moonlight and Ashes. Earlier YA novels of her based on fairy tales include In Hollow Lands (Hodder Children’s Books, UK and Australia); Cold Iron (Hodder, UK and Australia); Carabas( Hodder UK and Australia) The Firebird(Hodder Australia) and The Green Prince(Hodder Australia). Sophie is also a founding partner and co-director of Christmas Press,, a boutique children’s book publisher, focussing on traditional tales, including folk and fairy tales, retold by well-known authors and gorgeously illustrated.


Jo Haslam (ACT)

Jo Haslam

Jo Haslam works in research management at the University of Canberra as well as currently studying her honours in literature. Her plan is to look at the relationship between fairy tales and political discourse in her PhD and towards this end she is doing a case study on Oscar Wilde.  Over the past decade she has studied in various disciplines including sculpture, philosophy and religion all the way to business, and kept circling back to the same theme of fairy tales in the various areas. (Jo used little red riding hood as an analogy for why small business owners should be wary of aggressive take overs.) She worships at the shrine of fiction, reading 6 or so books a week and finds the common threads across a wide range of genres and authors fascinating and hopes to one day to scratch the surface about the literary fairy tale in the western political sphere. Contact Jo at


Danielle Wood (TAS)

Danielle WoodDanielle Wood is the author of a novel, The Alphabet of Light and Dark (2003), a collection of short stories with a fairy tale flavour, Rosie Little’s Cautionary Tales for Girls (2006), and a work of non-fiction, Housewife Superstar: the very best of Marjorie Bligh (2011). She is also co-editor Deep South: Stories from Tasmania, and editor of Marjorie Bligh’s HOME: Hints on Managing Everything. Her books have been published overseas in the USA, Italy, Russia and the Netherlands. Together with Tasmanian writer Heather Rose, Danielle is ‘Angelica Banks’, author of children’s novel Finding Serendipity (2013), the first in a planned trilogy. Danielle is a winner of the Australian/Vogel literary prize (2002), the Dobbie prize for Australian women’s writing (2004), and she has twice been named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist of the Year (2004, 2007). Her forthcoming book is Mothers Grimm, a collection of contemporary fairy tales. Danielle lives in Tasmania and teaches writing at the University of Tasmania. Visit Danielle’s website at or email her at



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