Why were the good girls always beautiful and the bad girls always ugly?
Why are stepsisters never kind?
Why couldn’t the stories have endings that weren’t about marrying someone, usually a prince?
These perennial questions about fairytales are being answered by fairytale-lover, Erin-Claire Barrow, who has turned her storytelling and illustrative prowess to a book of retellings both beautiful and bold.
The Adventurous Princess and other feminist fairy tales presents nine traditional fairy tales with a feminist twist. The charm, whimsy and magic of traditional fairy tales remains, but the diverse characters challenge stereotypes about who they should be and how they should act, stand up for themselves and shape their own futures.
Meet Erin-Claire Barrow - the author and illustrator of The Adventurous Princess and other feminist fairy tales, a book of traditional fairy tales retold and illustrated with a feminist twist.
This event is intended for adults, but children are more than welcome to attend at parent/carer discretion, on purchase of a ticket (at concession price) and when accompanied by an adult. Conversation content will take into account little ears in the audience!
Tickets: Adults $15/Kids under 12 $8 (includes a complimentary glass of house wine or juice)
Erin-Claire Barrow is an author and illustrator originally from the Adelaide Hills in South Australia. She paints in watercolours to create whimsical scenes, storybook illustrations, and bring to life the strange creatures of fairy tales and folklore. Erin-Claire is always on the lookout for ways to combine her passions for art and equality, and is particularly interested in how art can be used to raise awareness of social justice issues.
In 2018, she spoke at TEDx Canberra on retelling fairy tales for our diverse, modern society to challenge stereotypes and encourage young people (and especially young women) to see themselves as the heroes of their own stories.
Erin-Claire is the author and illustrator of 'The Adventurous Princess and other feminist fairy tales', a book of traditional fairy tales retold and illustrated with a feminist twist.
Angharad Lodwick is a public servant by day and a writer by night. When she's not reading legislation, she's reading books and reviewing them on her blog Tinted Edges. She was selected for the inaugural Literary Bloggers of the Future program with the National Library of Australia and the ACT Writers Centre. Angharad was web editor and feature writer for Lost Magazine. She has contributed to Canberra journals Feminartsy and Homer, and produced the monthly book podcast Lost the Plot.