My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me
Readings & discussion on contemporary fairy tales.
Saturday, 22 September @ 2.30pm
Triskel Christchurch, Tobin Street, Cork
Click here for more about our writing workshop on Contemporary Fairytales with Kate Bernheimer.
In this event emeritus professor of folklore Gearóid Ó Crualaoich leads editor/ contributor Kate Bernheimer and contributor Ilya Kaminsky on a discussion of the place of the fairytale in adult reading in the 21st Century. There will be readings from the book and a chance for questions from the floor.
Neil Gaiman, Michael Cunningham, Neil Labute, Joyce Carol Oates and more than thirty other extraordinary writers celebrate fairy tales in this thrilling volume—the ultimate literary costume party. Spinning houses and talking birds. Whispered secrets and borrowed hope. Here are new stories sewn from old skins, gathered from around the world by visionary author and editor Kate Bernheimer and inspired by everything from Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen" and "The Little Match Girl" to Charles Perrault's "Bluebeard" and "Cinderella" to the Brothers Grimm's "Hansel and Gretel" and "Rumpelstiltskin" to fairy tales by Goethe and Calvino. Fairy tales are our oldest literary tradition, and yet they chart the imaginative frontiers of the twenty-first century as powerfully as they evoke our earliest encounters with literature. This exhilarating collection restores their place in the literary canon.
“I cannot remember a time I had more fun reading a book! Many of these contemporary tales rival the originals in creepiness, joy, and impact.” – Darcey Steinke
In this event emeritus professor of folklore Gearóid Ó Crualaoich leads editor/contributor Kate Bernheimer and contributor Ilya Kaminsky on a discussion of the place of the fairytale in adult reading in the 21st Century. There will be readings from the book and a chance for questions from the floor.
Kate Bernheimer has been called "one of the living masters of the fairy tale” by Tin House, and is the author of four books of fiction, most recently the final novel in a trilogy, The Complete Tales of Lucy Gold (FC2 2011), and Horse, Flower, Bird, a collection of stories with illustrations by Rikki Ducornet (Coffee House Press 2010). Her second story collection, How a Mother Weaned a Girl from Fairy Tales, is forthcoming from Coffee House Press in 2013. She has edited three anthologies including the World Fantasy Award winning My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales (Penguin 2010) and is currently editing a fourth, a collection of new myths for Penguin. She is a professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Arizona, and is founding and acting editor of Fairy Tale Review.
Ilya Kaminsky was born in Odessa, former Soviet Union in 1977. In 1993, his family received asylum from the American government and went to the United States. He has published several poetry collections including the multi-award winning Dancing In Odessa. Due to a childhood illness Kaminsky is deaf but this has not stopped him becoming renowned for the mesmeric qualities of his live readings which are delivered in a highly emotive Eastern European Shamanistic style