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A fairy-tale infused historical novel for adults set in the late 18 th century, moving between Imperial China and France during the ‘Terror’ of the French Revolution, and inspired by the true story of a quest for a blood-red rose.

The novel will draw upon ‘The Blue Rose,’ a fairy tale set in China about a quest for an impossible rose.


Fairy tales may well be the oldest stories in the world. Their roots are buried deep in the oral storytelling tradition. Yet they have never been more popular with contemporary audiences.

Writers of adult fiction such as A.S. Byatt and Angela Carter and writers of YA and children’s fiction such as Shannon Hale, Jessica Day George, and Gail Carson Levine have found fairy tales a rich vein to mine, as has popular culture in advertisements, fashion, film and television.

Kate Forsyth has been called the Australian queen of fairy Tales, partly because of her own fairy tale inspired fiction and partly because she is one of the first Australians to complete a doctorate in fairy tale studies. Join her to learn how to weave a magical world of myths and put your own original spin on the world’s well-known (and less well-known) fairy tales.

Duration: Can be taught as a half-day workshop (3 hours) or a full-day workshop (6 hours)