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Fairy Tale Symposium with Maria Nikolajeva, Terri Windling, and Jack Zipes

If you're anywhere close to Sussex, England, don't miss the fairy tale art exhibition Grimm Girls: Picturing the Princess. It opens today at the Otter Gallery in Chichester, running through January 26, 2014. Here's the description:

"Although the Grimm Brothers' Children's and Household Tales was published over 200 years ago, the potency of their fairy tales has not waned. This exhibition takes six much-loved tales to explore the changing persona of the 'princess' as seen in book illustrations and ephemera: Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Beauty and the Beast and Rapunzel. Illustrations by George Cruickshank, Gustave Dore, Arthur Rackham, Walter Crane, Harry Clark, Mabel Lucie Attwell and Wanda Gag will be featured."

Beauty and the Beast by Walter Crane

The exhibition is curated by Dr Anne Anderson, a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Chichester, in association with the University's English and Creative Writing Department and the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy. Visit the Otter Gallery website for more information.

Once upon a time there was a fairy tale symposium....

Beauty and the Beast by Ann AndersonThis  Monday (November 25), the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy (at the University of Chichester) is hosting a one-day fairy tale symposium in connection with the Grimm Girls exhibition. I'll be speaking there, along with Children's Literature scholar Maria Nikolajeva (Cambridge University) and Jack Zipes (who surely needs no introduction to fairy tale fans).

The whole thing kicks off at 4 pm and is open to all, so please come! You'll find general information about the exhibition & symposium here, and ticket information here.

For more information on the wonderful Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy, and to join their mailing list, go here. To subscribe to their excellent journal, Gramarye, go here.

Little Red Riding Hood by Gustave Doré

Gramarye Summmer 2013The illustrations in this post are by Walter Crane (1845-1915),  Anne Anderson (1874-1930), and Gustave Doré (1832-1888). The Gramarye cover art is by Arthur Rackham (1867-1939).