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CFP: 2018 Australian Fairy Tale Society Conference

Monday, December 4, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rosalind V. Rini Larson
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Have you ever wondered about the herbs, flowers or seeds that turn up in fairy tales? How would you like to learn a little more about the symbolism or practical uses of plants over the centuries, in relation to superstition, healing, spellcasting or storytelling? Is grass really greener on the other side of a fairy fence? Would you like a little shade with your sunshine?

The Australian Fairy Tale Society (AFTS) is now accepting proposals for presentations on the 2018 conference theme, “Gardens of good and evil: growing life, plucking death.” The fifth annual conference will take place on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, Australia.

The following forms will be accepted: creative reading, academic paper, music performance, display, dance, book launch, critique, or dramatic soliloquy. (Consult the conference committee about the acceptability of other forms.) The AFTS is interdisciplinary, intercultural and intergenerational, with a proud history of conference evaluations praising its diversity and variety. The Society loves to mix sectors, crafts, techniques, media, genres and approaches.

Possible Topics might include:

  • Healing Herbs in Fairy Tales—medicine versus perceptions of witchcraft
  • Herbs and Secrets—e.g. Rapunzel / Petrosinella (Parsley)
  • Starving in a Land of Plenty—ignorance of hidden treasure
  • Wild Wanderings—over hill, under dale
  • Potions, Plants & Princes—e.g. a magical red flower saves Jorinda & Joringel
  • Sunshine and Shadows—light, shade, diversity
  • Land Water Sky: Stories—environmental angle; eco fairy tales
  • Flower births—e.g. Thumbelina, Cecino the Italian Chic-Pea
  • Fairies as elementals (sylphs, nymphs, dryads, etc.)
  • Philosophical window on Good & Evil—binaries in fairy tales; the Seelie and Unseelie folk
  • Villains or Guides—the Will o’ the Wisp/ Jack O’Lantern, Puck/ Robin Goodfellow/ Robin Hood/ Jack in the Green etc.
  • Fairy Tale Gardens, e.g. The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde; Kensington Gardens in Peter Pan; the witch’s garden in ‘Jorinda and Joringel’.
  • Enticement, Entrapment—Jack in the Beanstalk, Briars in Sleeping Beauty

Duration:  Academic papers and creative readings will be up to 17 minutes each + 3 minutes grace time + 10 minutes question time. This includes set-up. A workshop might require more time, while a visual art display might be open all day, with focused viewing at lunchtime, morning & afternoon tea.

 There is a slot for one session that will be open to the general public of the Royal Botanic Gardens. This session must be accessible to families with young children.

Please email your proposal to by 5pm EST Friday, January 26, 2018.

 Submission Requirements:

  • Proposal (max 200 words)
  • Bio (max 150 words)
  • Profile image (300dpi)

To learn more about the Australian Fairy Tale Society, or to become a member, visit:

For a public preview of the AFTS e-zine, visit:

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