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Author Talk: Kate Forsyth, The Wild Girl

Tuesday, 19 March 2013 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Belmont Library
Growing up next door to the Grimm brothers in Hesse-Cassel, a small German kingdom, Dortchen Wild was the source of some of the most powerful and compelling stories in the famous fairy tale collection, and the true love of Wilhelm Grimm. This is their dramatic and passionate story - one of the greatest untold lovestories in history.
Set during the French Revolution, a time of war and poverty under Napoleon’s occupation, The Wild Girl tells the story of two poor neighbouring families, the Grimms and the Wilds. As an act of defiance to the occupation, the Grimm brothers began collecting old stories from neighbours and friends with an aim to publish a book and preserve some of the German folklore. The greatest of these sources was Dortchen Wild, she told Wilhelm the tales of The Frog King, Hansel and Gretel and Rumpelstiltskin among others.
Wilhelm and Dortchen fell in love, but due to her overbearing and abusive father and both families' extreme poverty, they were unable to marry. Their only chance to be together rested on the success of the story collection.
It is 200 years since the Grimm Brothers fairy tales were first published and they have never been more popular.
Kate Forsyth is currently completing her PhD in fairy tales and can discuss little known and interesting aspects of our long held fascination with these tales. She is the internationally bestselling author of more than twenty books, including The Witches of Eileanan and Rhiannon’s Ride series and Bitter Greens, a modern retelling of the Rapunzel story. She has won or been nominated for numerous awards, including Best First Novel and a CYBIL Award in the US, five Aurealis Awards, and a CBCA Notable Book.
Her books have been published in 13 different countries, including Japan, Poland, Spain and Turkey, and Kate is currently undertaking a doctorate in fairy tale retellings at the University of Technology.