Sunday Salon Honours its Origins

This is a reblog from the Storytelling Australia (Victoria) blog, because

1. Stories are awesome
2. Storytellers are even more awesome
3. It is advertising a SALON about FAIRY TALES and that is so awesome that I think my head might explode.

Apparently, the whole concept of a Salon started with 17th Century women in France who gathered in their ‘salons’ to write, read, perform and discuss, Fairy Tales.  We never hear about these women, but we apparently owe them the term ‘Fairy Tale’ and they played a hugely important role in the spread and popularisation of folk tales among the upper classes.  They also wrote new tales. (For a fascinating article about the period, see this site – and if you are in Melbourne, go to the Salon!)

I can’t believe I didn’t know this already, but now that I do, it seems like fate.  This blog is all about fabulous, active, subversive women, writers, stories and storytellers and the sharing of all of those things (not least in Sunday Salon).  When I found out about this, so soon after starting this blog, well, let me tell you, it felt like a SIGN.

The repost from the Storytelling Australia (Victoria) site is after the cut.  Please have a look!

ALSO, please note that the Salon itself is in June, in Melbourne, but they are calling for papers and they want the submissions by 26 APRIL 2012.

Call for Participation in a Fairy Tale Salon

This looks like a must for all of us who love European Fairy Tale. Read the invitation below and explore this fabulous blog for more information:


As part of the Glen Eira Storytelling Festival, the Fairy Tale Reading Group at Monash University will be hosting an enchanted afternoon of fairy tale magic. Long before the brothers Grimm and Walt Disney, a circle of seventeenth-century French authors gathered in Paris salons to read, perform and discuss fairy tales. For one afternoon only, we will be recreating our very own Parisian salon to celebrate this French fairy tale tradition.

Come along and learn about the authors who shaped fairy tale history and first gave us the phrase, contes des fées (tales of the fairies). The afternoon is open to readings, performances and discussions about all things fairy tale. For the bold at heart, come dressed as your favourite fairy tale character and be in the running to win a prize! This event is open to anyone who has a love for fairy tales and will take place at Monash University Caulfield, on June 23rd at 2pm.

We are looking for interested participants who would like to present original work and/or papers on fairy tale. Preference will be given to material dealing with or inspired by 17th century French tales, but other material will certainly be considered.

Areas of interest: 17th century fairy tales, such as the tales of Marie-Catherine d’Aulnoy, Henriette Julie de Murat, Charlotte-Rose de La Force, Marie-Jeanne L’Héritier, Catherine Bernard and Charles Perrault.
· Scholarly analysis of fairy tale (incl. literary studies, translation studies, film & TV, drama studies, gender studies)
· Live performance of fairy tale (incl. new & established fairy tales)
· Fairy tale readings (incl. new & established fairy tales)

Please send a 100-200 word summary or abstract to
by April 26, 2012 for consideration.

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