September 1, 2019

Drawing Inspiration from Fairy Tales

Drawing Inspiration from Fairy Tales BITE September 2019 I am famously fascinated by fairy tales – I love their wild beauty and their hidden claws. Many […]
June 7, 2018

Suffragette Mary De Morgan: England’s First Feminist Fairy Tale Writer

Suffragette Mary De Morgan: England’s First Feminist Fairy Tale Writer? Folklore Thursday June 7 2018 Ask anyone for the names of the great fairy tale tellers, […]
June 18, 2017

The Visual Language of Fairy-tales

The Visual Language of Fairy-tales Bare Essentials June 18, 2017 Fairy-tales are as old as language itself. Indeed, many linguistic scholars believe that language was invented […]
April 6, 2017

The Secret History of the Grimm Fairy Tales

The Secret History of the Grimm Fairy Tales Folklore Thursday April 6 2017 I was enchanted with the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales from the moment I […]
February 1, 2017

Daydreaming & Creativity

Daydreaming & Creativity Womankind February 2017 I have always been a great builder of castles in the air. My Year 5 teacher would, without any warning, […]
March 29, 2016

The Big Idea: Fairy Tales

The Big Idea: Fairy Tales John Scalzi Whatever March 29 2016 Fairy tales have been with us for a very long time. Ever since humans invented […]
January 1, 2015

Books Are Dangerous

Books Are Dangerous in The Simple Act of Reading, edited by Debra Adelaide, Random House 2015 Books are dangerous. I have known this ever since I […]
May 28, 2014

Historical Fiction Deserves a Future

Historical Fiction Deserves a Future The Conversation May 28, 2014 Historical fiction is booming. The much-publicised success of Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites, Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries and Hilary Mantel’s Wolf […]
August 1, 2013

Stories as Salvation

Stories as Salvation Griffith Review August 2013 I was only a child when I faced death for the first time. Aged just two years and four […]
April 1, 2013

The Forgotten Fairy Tale Tellers

The Forgotten Fairy Tale Tellers Aurealis #59 April 2013 Mention fairy tale tellers, and the first name to come to mind is the Grimm brothers. Next […]
November 17, 2012

Fuddling Up My Mucking Words Again

Fuddling Up My Mucking Words Again The Sydney Morning Herald November 17, 2012 Last week, teaching at a Winter Writers’ Retreat at Trinity College at Melbourne […]
November 1, 2011

The Birth of Science Fiction: Mary Shelley and the writing of Frankenstein

The Birth of Science Fiction: Mary Shelley and the writing of Frankenstein Seizure: Issue 2 November 2011 Most lovers of science fiction would agree that it […]

The Birth of Fantasy: Tolkien and his Lecture on Fairy Tales

The Birth of Fantasy: Tolkien and his Lecture on Fairy Tales Seizure: Issue 2 November 2011 The genre of fiction that we know as ‘fantasy’ was […]
April 14, 2011

Cinderella Fights back

Cinderella Fights back MammaMia 14 April 2011 Mia has said the heroines of fairy tales make her want to claw her own face off. She worries about the effect […]
September 1, 2010

Slaying Dragons – Why Fantasy Fiction is Vital Reading for Children

Slaying Dragons – Why Fantasy Fiction is Vital Reading for Children Magpies September 2010 J.K. Rowling and the boy wizard with the lightning scar. Christopher Paolini, […]
November 1, 2007

And Another Thing: Kate Forsyth Talks About Her Struggle with Stuttering

And Another Thing – Kate Forsyth talks about her struggle with Stuttering Sunday Life, The Sun-Herald November 2007 I have struggled with my stutter all my […]
July 6, 2007

Art & Agoraphobia

Art & Agoraphobia Sunday Life July 6, 2007 It may have been Emily Dickinson who struck the first spark. Certainly her story fascinated me. The eccentric […]
September 1, 2001

Five have what it takes: J.K. Rowling & Enid Blyton

Five have what it takes: J.K. Rowling & Enid Blyton Spectrum The Sydney Morning Herald, 9-10 June 2001 There could be few people left on the […]