© Kate Forsyth


Kate Forsyth

wrote her first novel at the age of seven, and has since sold more than a

million copies around the world. Her books for adults include Bitter Greens, a retelling of Rapunzel which won the 2015 American Library Association Award for Best Historical Fiction & The Wild Girl, the story of the forbidden romance behind the Grimm Brothers’ famous fairy tales, which was named the Most Memorable Love Story of 2013.

Kate’s books for children include the collection of fairy-tale retellings Vasilisa the Wise & Other Tales of Brave Young Women, illustrated by Lorena Carrington; The Impossible Quest, her five-book fantasy adventure series, which has been optioned for a film; and The Puzzle Ringnamed an ‘Unsung Hero’ of 2009 by international bloggers.

Kate has a BA in literature, a MA in creative writing and a Doctorate of Creative Arts in fairy tale studies. Her doctoral exegesis, The Rebirth of Rapunzel: A Mythic History of the Maiden in the Tower, won the Aurealis Convenors’ Award for Excellence in 2016 and the William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism in 2017. Kate is a direct descendant of Charlotte Waring Atkinson, the author of the first book for children ever published in Australia. An accredited master storyteller, Kate has taught and told stories all over the world.

Read more about her at her website.



Lorena Carrington is a photographic artist and illustrator. She has been an exhibiting artist and working photographer for nearly 20 years, but really can’t remember a time when a camera wasn’t in her hand. Her recent focus has been on fairy tales, in particular those with strong female protagonists. She writes about fairy tales and the creative process at The Bone Lantern.

Lorena uses digital techniques to montage her photographs, creating layered images that aim to occupy the veiled place between our world and ‘the other’. The other place may reside for some through the looking glass, in the nostalgic magic of myths and fairy tales, in scientific wonder, or in something as fleeting as a sense of poignancy in a brief human connection. The sudden glimpse of that place pierces us, and draws a tingling thread through our being. It is the goose-bump moment, when suddenly our sense of the world shifts momentarily, almost imperceptibly, and makes us pause.

To purchase works contact her directly via email.

Vasilisa the Wise and Other Tales of Brave Young Women is published by Serenity Press.