‘Fairy Adventures – The Ouevre’
Wow and bippidy boppidy boo – so lovely to be redomicled on the Gold Coast after ten years of fairydom in Sydney. Since becoming Fairy Poppilina, I have had the pleasure of providing regular storytelling in two bookshops [Lesley McKay’s Bookshop, Woollahra and The Potts Point Bookshop, Potts Point], touching down in preschools, daycare centres and schools for various units of study, including fairytales, the narrative and sense of belonging and BOOK WEEK! Also, I felt so sparkly as I strummed my ukelele in Hyde Park for Australia Day and shared my literature love at a summer camp for special needs young adults in the Blue Mountains and, of course the fairy parties I had the opportunity to weave birthday joy!
During these ten years, I also continued to touchdown in other parts of Australia, including: Byron Bay Library, Noosa Libraries, Cairns and Atherton Libraries and Brisbane libraries.
There is simply no end to ‘story magic’ and the power of literature. In my opinion, storytelling and imagination saves lives. I believe in its redemptive power and its potentially world-changing emancipatory potential, which basically means it can help people and free people. I want to continue with my role as a children’s storyteller because I believe in this powerful art form.
I also consider fairytales to be “a beguiling paradox. Familiar and mysterious, earthy and ethereal, lucid and absurd. They seek to illuminate greater truths via the dark woods of our consciousness. But more than anything else, they fire our imagination, having crept into our collective psychoses as bedtime scriptures from an imaginary time and place”.