Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A Series of Hats Dedicated to Fairy Tale Heroines

Melbourne has turned cold and rainy. It is, in short, perfect weather for knitted hats.

I've been thinking a great deal over the past weeks about the earlier fairy tale heroines, as you can tell by previous posts. Over Easter, I knit myself a new red hat and as I was looking at it, I dubbed it 'Finette.' It occurred to me that I could knit a series of hats named for my favourite, early fairy tale heroines.

So, here is Finette, knitted in Malabrigo. The pattern, incidentally, comes from the fabulous designer at Tiny Owl Knits, who is herself inspired by fairy tales. This pattern is called Orchids & Fairylights. I admit, I do have my eye on Free Rapunzel.

But I already have the next hat on the needles and should hopefully be posting it soon.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Call for Participation in a Fairy Tale Salon

As part of the Glen Eira Storytelling Festival, the Fairy Tale Reading Group at Monash University will be hosting an enchanted afternoon of fairy tale magic. Long before the brothers Grimm and Walt Disney, a circle of seventeenth-century French authors gathered in Paris salons to read, perform and discuss fairy tales. For one afternoon only, we will be recreating our very own Parisian salon to celebrate this French fairy tale tradition.
Come along and learn about the authors who shaped fairy tale history and first gave us the phrase, contes des fées (tales of the fairies). The afternoon is open to readings, performances and discussions about all things fairy tale. For the bold at heart, come dressed as your favourite fairy tale character and be in the running to win a prize! This event is open to anyone who has a love for fairy tales and will take place at Monash University Caulfield, on June 23rd at 2pm.
We are looking for interested participants who would like to present original work and/or papers on fairy tale. Preference will be given to material dealing with or inspired by 17th century French tales, but other material will certainly be considered.
Areas of interest:
·       Scholarly analysis of fairy tale (incl. literary studies, translation studies, film & TV, drama studies, gender studies)
·       Live performance of fairy tale (incl. new & established fairy tales)
·       Fairy tale readings (incl. new & established fairy tales)

Please send a 100-200 word summary or abstract to arts-fairytale@monash.edu by April 26, 2012 for consideration.