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Episode 36: Kate Forsyth

The Worm Hole Podcast

Charlie and Kate Forsyth (Bitter Greens; The Wild Girl) discuss the story and history of Rapunzel - which was part of Kate's doctoral thesis - as well as the woman who told the Brothers Grimm many of their tales, and the progression of change those tales went through as the brothers pursued success. Some podcast apps do not show description links properly unless the listener subscribes to the podcast. If you can't click the links below and don't wish to subscribe, copy and paste the following address into your browser to access the episode's page on my blog: http://wormhole.carnelianvalley.com/the-worm-hole-podcast-podcast-episode-36-kate-forsyth The page on Kate's website summarising her published academic research on Rapunzel Information on Charlotte-Rose de la Force Disney's Tangled William Morris' poem Information on Giambattista Basile Plot of Basile's Petrosinella Biography of Charles Perrault Andrew Lang Jack Zipes' Spells Of Enchantment Jack Zipes' The Great Fairy Tale Tradition Hessen-Cassel Wikipedia's page on the Brothers Grimm, including a drawing of Dortchen Information on Ludwig Grimm The 1824 English translation of the Brothers Grimm stories Biography of Herman Grimm Biography of Marie Hassenpflug Kate's Cotswolds writing retreats You can contact the show at books@carnelianvalley.com Question Index 01:07 You've written a plethora of books for various ages - how much does the fantasy genre crossover between them? 13:05 What is your general feeling about the witch from Rapunzel? 17:35 So you've got these three different people literally locked away, and then you've this extra subtext of you as a child... 20:11 You've mentioned your doctorate - what sort of information can we expect from the thesis as opposed to the fiction? 21:24 Why did you choose Charlotte-Rose de la Force's version of Rapunzel? 26:10 Are there any other stories by Charlotte-Rose that we know of today? 27:49 You keep detailed notebooks for your research? 30:58 We don't know how Charlotte-Rose found out about the original Rapunzel story?... 32:50 What do you think of Tangled? 47:46 The Wild Girl - you created quite a bit of Dortchen's story yourself? 52:17 (More on the changes made from the original Brothers Grimm collection) 59:26 (More on the subject of the women who told the Brothers the stories) 1:01:43 How much time did you have to spend researching the Napoleonic Wars? 1:02:29 Can you tell us about the treatments for Asthma in the early 1800s? 1:03:49 You have writing retreats in the Cotswolds every year? Purchase Links Bitter Greens: Amazon UK Amazon US Amazon Canada Amazon Australia Waterstones Hive Barnes & Noble IndieBound Chapters Indigo The Wild Girl: Amazon UK Amazon US Amazon Canada Amazon Australia Waterstones Hive Barnes & Noble IndieBound The Rebirth Of Rapunzel: Amazon UK Amazon US Amazon Canada Amazon Australia Barnes & Noble IndieBound I am an IndieBound affiliate and earn a small commission on qualifying purchases. Photograph used with the permission of the author.

1hr 7mins

26 Apr 2021

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Kate Forsyth on being a professional writer and her latest book, "Searching for Charlotte"

Brave New Women hosted by Cecilia Poullain

Brave New Women hosted by Cecilia Poullain“I'm particularly drawn to telling the stories of women who have been unjustly forgotten by history.   Many of my historical novels are bibliographic fiction.  I tell the lives of women who once really lived and who have been unfairly ignored, whose voices have been silenced, whose achievements have been lost.” - Kate Forsyth   Dr Kate Forsyth is an internationally recognised author and poet.  She has published 45 books, including historical novels, children’s books and books of poetry.  She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Australian Aurealis Award for Excellence in Speculative Fiction (five times) and the American Library Association Prize for her best-known novel, “Bitter Greens”.  Her latest book, “Searching for Charlotte” about her ancestor, Charlotte Waring Atkinson, co-authored with her sister, Belinda Murrell, has been shortlisted for the Australian Indies Prize for Non-Fiction.  Kate talks about her journey in becoming a writer, the evolution of her creative process, the fights she had with her mother about becoming a professional writer, the reality of being a writer and a wife and mother, and how she and her sister organised themselves in writing “Searching for Charlotte”.Kate historical fiction is about women who have been written out of history.  She talks about some of the most striking of these, including the woman who was the creator of many of the Grimms fairy tales. The interview finishes with one of the most beautiful, moving calls I have ever heard to have the courage to do what we love.  For the record: this interview implies that my parents forced me into a career that was not right for me. This was not the case. They have been ever-supporting and ever-encouraging. You can find out more about Kate Forsyth here:  kateforsyth.com.auI am running a free webinar - "Women Empower Women" - on Tuesday 27 April.  Check it out here:  https://mailchi.mp/ac893611d578/gu7xgku6p7I would love to hear any comments you might have on this episode and respond to any questions.  You can find me on the Brave New World Facebook page, on Linkedin or on my website:  www.ceciliapoullain.comCecilia PoullainFounder of Brave New WomenCoach - Empowering Women to Find their VoiceMusic:  Stephen Marquis www.songsta.com.auEditing: Talal Bouroki

1hr 1min

25 Feb 2021

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4.3 Interview with Kate Forsyth and Belinda Murrell

The Community Library

This week I interviewed Australian authors (and sisters!) Kate Forsyth and Belinda Murrell about their latest book, Searching for Charlotte. Searching for Charlotte is a biblio-memoir that chronicles Kate and Belinda’s journey of writing about their ancestor, Charlotte Waring Atkinson, the author of Australia’s first children’s book. We chat about connecting to history, how exciting research can be, and the importance of storytelling. Hope you enjoy! Our book club pick for February is Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson. This is a YA contemporary novel about fame and power, with a slice of murder mystery on the side. Make sure you check out the content warnings for this book here. I’ll be discussing this on the 28th of February, and I hope you read along with me! For more links and resources, plus a full transcription of this episode, check out my website Angourie's Library. Buy Searching for Charlotte here Follow Kate! Website, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook Follow Belinda! Website, Instagram, and Facebook Black Lives Matter resources Pay the Rent My Instagram, Goodreads and StoryGraph The Community Library’s Instagram Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website


14 Feb 2021

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Researching Collection Material With Kate Forsyth And Belinda Murrell

National Library of Australia

‘Just one scribbled note from Marcie Muir led us to this amazing discovery … If we hadn’t had that serendipitous moment where Belinda [Murrell] was discovering in one book that Charlotte [Waring Atkinson] had written more than one published work, and then I almost simultaneously found this note, we would never have put the two things together and made that amazing discovery … It was a series of astonishing, serendipitous findings that led us to many of our most exciting insights.’ - Kate Forsyth.Join bestselling authors Kate Forsyth and Belinda Murrell for the second installment of their pre-recorded, two-part author talk – a discussion about researching and finding collection material at the National Library, as they had to do when writing their new book, ‘Searching for Charlotte’.


25 Nov 2020

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Intrepid and curious Charlotte Waring Atkinson — as told by Kate Forsyth


Charlotte was Australia's first children's author. She came to the colony of NSW from London in 1826, and now her trailblazing, tragic and dramatic life story has been written by her descendants, Kate Forsyth and Belinda Murrell


25 Nov 2020

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Phil chats with Kate Forsyth about “Searching For Charlotte”


Kate and her sister Belinda Murrell have written a book about their great-great-great-great-grandmother Charlotte Waring Atkinson, Australia’s first Children’s Author. Phil chats with Kate about writing with her sister, and about Charlotte.


11 Nov 2020

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14: Imagining the Past-HNSA2019-A French Affair: In conversation with Kate Forsyth and Natasha Lester

Imagining The Past

Imagining the Past’s new season features live recorded sessions from the 2019 HNSA conference brought to you by our host, Greg Johnston. Our  fourteenth episode explores the allure of France has often inspired historical novelists to conjure the romance and tumult of its history. Kate Forsyth’s latest novel, The Blue Rose, transports the reader to the perils of the French Revolution and the exotic world of Imperial China. Natasha Lester’s The French Photographer deals with more recent history of World War II France and America. Jackie Ballantyne discusses why Kate and Natasha were drawn to set their books in France, and how they discovered new stories to tell about a country that continues to fascinate.


4 Oct 2020

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Myth and Legend — Kate Forsyth on the dark origins of beloved fairytales


The stories which preceded modern iterations of Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Little Red Riding Hood were often much more disturbing (R)


7 Aug 2020

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John Marsden, Kate Forsyth, Tullara

Write Between The Eyes

In our first episode, host Adam Norris interviews John Marsden about his dual passions of writing and education, and the measures we might need to consider in order to tackle climate change. We'll also hear from Kate Forsyth as she reads a fable that sits at the heart of her 2016 novel "The Beast's Garden", and share in the heartbreak of Tullara's latest single, "Let This Go".


4 Jul 2020

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Chapter Ten: Kate Forsyth

Talking Words

Kate Forsyth is an award-winning author who has written over 40 adults and children’s books, and she holds a PHD on the topic ‘The Rebirth of Rapunzel’. Kate chats to Olivia about what happens to our brains when we read, why fairy tales never go out of style and why travel is fantastic for creativity.Books mentioned:The Blue Rose by Kate ForsythThe Puzzle Ring by Kate ForsythA Mother’s Offering To Her Children by A Lady Long Resident in New South Wales (AKA Charlotte Waring Atkinson, AKA Kate’s great-great-great-great-grandmother)The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid BlytonThe Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. LewisThe Hobbit by J.R.R. TolkienPride and Prejudice by Jane AustenThe Elements of Style by Whiton StrunkRapunzelCinderella


17 Mar 2020