After months of mostly zoom meetings, a couple of weeks ago we gathered in a cafe to reflect upon and celebrate that we are about to host a national conference in Brisbane – in person.
We realised that we had almost reached our goals and felt that it was timely to pause to be thankful, grateful and discuss the reasons we all agreed to do this in the first place – Fairy Tales.
Our passion to understand them, wherever they originate from in time, the world, the fossils of storytelling antiquities and camp fires, brought us together to bring them into flesh – into being, reality, and telling in our families and community.
We filled out thank you cards thoughtfully, colourfully, even poetically.
We connected with some of the presenters and storytellers who have inspired us with their submissions to contribute their knowledge into the conference. They have become friends along the way.
There is something about collaborating in a team to make something a reality that can create life long bonds.
Tomorrow the Australian Fairy Tale Society conference begins. Today the interstate arrivals commence. Welcome! The weather, touch wood, is looking great! And it is with great happiness we gather the storytellers, artists, creators, thinkers, of diverse cultural, and creative backgrounds together.
Acknowledging and paying our respects always to the First Nations people – and looking forward to a day when we will sit around camp fires, kitchen tables, and more sharing stories that together we all find strength, courage, truth and love in keeping – we start with a walk on country.