Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Transporting Tales – A Fairy Tale Symposium 2014


As part of the Glen Eira Storytelling Festival, hosted by Monash Fairy Tale Salon these Symposiums are a coming together of the academic, literary, oral story teller and musician – in our turn we all had chance to read, tell, sing, ask questions and generally enjoy the moosh of ideas that spin on the notion of Fairy Tale. The delight is the palpable joy the attendees express as ideas fly around the room and creative and intellectual dots are joined.

Mistress of Ceremonies was Belinda Calderone and the speakers and presenters in order: Dr Danielle Wood, Jackie Kerin, Mia Goodwin, Ali Alizadeh, Ann McCormack, Roslyn Quin, Toby Eccles and Suzanne Sandow.

This year there was a strong theme on the connection of the European folk tale tradition and how it informed the postcolonial Australian tale spinners, what happens when a story emigrates, or when the affection of a genre is transported into a new landscape?

From Storytelling Victoria, Jackie Kerin and Roslyn Quin performed stories of their own making, Louisa John Krol sang The Last Centaur (she composed both the lyric and the music) and Suzanne Sandow, dressed to kill, rounded the symposium off with a superb and hysterical retelling Tom Tit Tot.

Other tales under examination included The Handless Maid and The Black Thief and Alan Marshall’s Whispering in the Wind.
Top: Roslyn Quin and Belinda Calderone
Centre: Suzanne Sandow

Front L-R: Belida Calderone, Dr Danielle Wood 
Centre: Roslyn Quin, Jackie Kerin, Louisa John-Krol Suzann Sandow
Back: Toby Eccles, Anna McCormack

Learn more about Monash Fairy Tale salon HERE

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