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Once Upon a Time: Myth & Fairytale
Saturday, May 24 2014 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Free, no bookings
Pier 2/3 The Loft, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Vikram Chandra, Tony Birch, Cornelia Funke, Kate Forsyth, Judith Ridge (facilitator)
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Albert Einstein once said, “if you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairytales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairytales”. Join Cornelia Funke, Vikram Chandra and Tony Birch as they explore both myth and the enchanting world of fairytales. What are the tales that preoccupy, entertain and guide culture today in the land of Oz? How did they make their way here? What has happened to them over time?

Tony Birch (Australian)

Tony Birch is the author of Shadowboxing, the short story collection Father's Day, and most recently Blood, which was shortlisted for the 2012 Miles Franklin Award, and won the Civic Choice award for the Melbourne Literary Prize in the same year. His most recent book is The Promise. He is a frequent contributor to ABC local and national radio, and a regular guest at writers' festivals. Tony teaches in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne.

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Kate Forsyth (Australian)

Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel at seven, and is now the internationally bestselling, award-winning author of 30 books. Voted one of Australia's Favourite 20 Novelists, her adult novels include Dancing on Knives, The Wild Girl, and Bitter Greens, called ‘the best fairy-tale retelling since Angela Carter’. Her children’s books include Two Selkie Tales from Scotland, The Gypsy Crown, and The Puzzle Ring. Kate is a direct descendant of Charlotte Waring, the author of Australia’s first published children’s book.

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Cornelia Funke (International)

Cornelia Funke started as a children’s book illustrator, but started writing when she discovered that telling her own stories was more fun than illustrating other people’s. Cornelia is the internationally best-selling and award-winning author of the Inkheart fantasy trilogy, as well as more than 40 other books. The Inkheart trilogy was named by the US National Education Association as one of the 100 best books for children. Her most recent books, Reckless and Fearless, are for older children and teenagers. A native of Germany, she lives in Los Angeles with her family and a crazy dog named Luna.

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Judith Ridge (Australian)

Judith Ridge is an internationally recognised specialist in children’s and youth literature. She has been an English teacher, editor, writer, critic and teacher of children’s literature and creative writing. She is currently the project officer for WestWords – the Western Sydney Young People’s Literature Development Project. Judith is on the Executive Board of the ASA, is a Churchill Fellow and has a master’s in children’s literature.

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Vikram Chandra (International)

Vikram Chandra is the author of Sacred Games, Love and Longing in Bombay, and Red Earth and Pouring Rain. His honours include the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Eurasia), the Crossword Prize, and a Salon Book Award. He teaches creative writing at the University of California, Berkeley. His work has been translated into 19 languages. His most recent work, Geek Sublime, looks at Vikram’s twin obsessions: writing and coding, and the relationship between the two.

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