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The woman who coined the term ‘fairy tale’ risked prison to write coded messages of rebellion

RN By Anna Kelsey-Sugg for Late Night Live Updated 7 Nov 2019, 11:55am In 1600s Paris, one woman undertook an act of rebellion. Her weapon was fairy tales Marie-Catherine d’Aulnoy — who’d been married off at 15 to an abusive man three decades her elder — slipped messages of resistance into her popular stories, risking jail in the process. D’Aulnoy… Continue reading The woman who coined the term ‘fairy tale’ risked prison to write coded messages of rebellion

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The first fairytales were feminist critiques of patriarchy. We need to revive their legacy

The women who created the first fairytales were far more radical than the Brothers Grimm have led us to believe Most revolutions begin quietly, in narrative. Take, for instance, fairytales. The popular understanding is that fairytales evolved exclusively from oral folktellers – from the uneducated “Mother Goose” nurse, passing into the imaginations of children by… Continue reading The first fairytales were feminist critiques of patriarchy. We need to revive their legacy

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Writers’ Festivals: Losing my Virginity

Last week I had the great privilege of being invited to perform as an artist at the 2017 Perth Writers’ Festival (23-26 February) to promote my first novel, The Birdman’s Wife, put into print by the incredible independent Australian publisher, Affirm Press. I have been very lucky in being invited to speak at a huge… Continue reading Writers’ Festivals: Losing my Virginity

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The Birdman’s Wife: Shortlisted for Indie Book Awards

Congratulations to Jane Harper, author of The Dry, winner of the Debut Fiction category, and the Indie Book Awards Book of the Year. Well-deserved! SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2017 INDIE BOOK AWARDS January 16, 2017   Australian independent booksellers are pleased to announce the Shortlist for The Indie Book Awards 2017.   The Indie Book… Continue reading The Birdman’s Wife: Shortlisted for Indie Book Awards

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UQ graduate brings trailblazing woman out of shadows

UQ News https://www.uq.edu.au/news/node/120210 10 February 2017 A “naïve young girl…who defied convention by embarking on a trailblazing expedition” documenting Australia’s wildlife is the subject of a book by a University of Queensland graduate. In her debut work of fiction The Birdman’s Wife, UQ School of Communications and Arts alumna Melissa Ashley has reimagined the life… Continue reading UQ graduate brings trailblazing woman out of shadows