fairy tales

British Academy Literature Week gets seriously fey

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

  The British Academy Literature Week 2015, now under way, is offering a program heavily weighted towards fairy tales, ghost stories, fantasies, folk myths, and other deliciously imaginative genres. The British Academy, “the UK’s expert body that supports and speaks for the [...]

National Tell A Fairy Tale Day: The most charming unofficial national holiday?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

On February 26th, the U.S. celebrates National Tell A Fairy Tale Day, which could displace International Talk Like A Pirate Day as my favorite unofficial holiday. Although its origins appear shrouded in almost complete mystery, National Tell A Fairy Tale Day is widely attested, as the occasion to [...]

Are German fairy tales still the domain of Nazism?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 16, 2014 // 5 Comments

Speaking recently at this year’s Telegraph Bath Festival of Children’s Literature, celebrated German children’s author Cornelia Funke talked about the difficulty of writing imaginative literature based on folklore in the long shadow of Nazism. “The fascists used myth and [...]

Book Review: In the Forest of Forgetting

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 23, 2013 // 0 Comments

World Fantasy and Rhysling Award-winning Hungarian-born American writer Theodora Goss has fast established herself as one of the frontier dwellers in the border country between different traditions and genres.  As Terri Windling writes in the introduction, “She is a master at evoking [...]

Public domain and piracy: Once Upon a Time and my epiphany

By Chris Meadows
November 20, 2012 // 5 Comments

When I was visiting relatives over the weekend, I had a fairly potent reminder of the enduring power of the public domain—and I finally succumbed to the inevitable realization, that in some cases, piracy is just too much work. On Saturday night of our stay, it turned out we didn’t have time to [...]

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