The history of Vasilisa

By KATE FORSYTH This week Vasilisa the Wise & Other Tales of Brave Young Women is finally launched into the world. To celebrate I thought I would explore the history of the titular tale, which is one of the best-known and best-loved Russian fairy-tales. An old oral tale, it was transcribed by Alexander Nikolayevich Afanasyev…Read more The history of Vasilisa

Castlemaine Launch

Last Thursday, Castlemaine Library hosted the first launch of Vasilisa the Wise and Other Tales of Brave Young Women. About seventy people came along and shared the celebration, one that's been several years in the making. The wonderful Carmel Bird gave the launch speech and began: Once in a kingdom far far away there lived…Read more Castlemaine Launch

Trailer: Vasilisa the Wise

"Morning is wiser than the evening." Vasilisa, Russian fairy tale Our proofs are at the printer and should soon be on the ship, ready for despatch to Australia - we are so thrilled. We're also thrilled to announce that Kate and Lorena will be working together on a follow-up book, Mollie Whuppie & Other Tales…Read more Trailer: Vasilisa the Wise

The Illustration Process

When you look at Lorena's illustrations, do you see paint? Ink? Paper cut outs? Her work is certainly inspired by the incredible pen and ink illustrations of Arthur Rackham and the watercolour and cut-out works of Jan Pienkowski, but she uses an altogether different method. In an extract from a conference paper she recently gave…Read more The Illustration Process

10 gift ideas for folklore & fairy tale lovers

Inspired by Vasilisa the Wise and Other Tales of Brave Young Women, we've trawled the Internet to seek out a range of gifts for the folklore and fairy tale lover in your life. From the stunning to the quirky, we're sure there's at least one thing here that will thrill its recipient. 1. Baba Yaga…Read more 10 gift ideas for folklore & fairy tale lovers

“Creatures, born of imagination…”

When Serenity Press first saw Lorena Carrington's photographic art, they knew the magic was in the air - the kind of magic needed to create a fusion of art and story. Readers are in for a treat when they get their hands on Vasilisa the Wise and Other Tales of Brave Young Women. Lorena uses…Read more “Creatures, born of imagination…”

The production whirlwind

Originally when Serenity Press contracted Vasilisa the Wise and Other Tales of Brave Young Women, a 2018 launch was planned. But after hearing repeated questions like, 'When do pre-orders open?' the release date has been brought forward to December 2017. Pre-orders will open in July! So, where are we up to in the production process?…Read more The production whirlwind

A magical conjunction of events

This post first appeared on Kate Forsyth's blog and is reblogged here with her permission. BY KATE FORSYTH I have always been a great believer in serendipity. It's as if the universe sees a lacking, or a longing in me, and nudges something I need towards me.   This time serendipity has brought about the…Read more A magical conjunction of events