Mother Goose was a Feminist: Crafting the Modern Day Fairy Tale

If the recent trend of re-making animated Disney movies as live-action, high-budget blockbusters is any indicator—we still love a good fairy tale. Fairy tales continue to be a great source of inspiration for writers, with endless variations and re-tellings. What draws us to these stories? Do their core ideas hold up to modern feminist criticism? And is it possible to write a completely modern fairy tale? Four writers, led by feminist fairytale scholar Dr. Kim Snowden, discuss.

Event Type: Panel
Annex Theatre
Date: Friday, March 15, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Cost: Pay What You Can (recommended: $12.50)
ASL Interpretation Available by Request Before February 15, 2019


Cody Klippenstein’s award-winning short stories have appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, The Malahat Review, The Fiddlehead, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from Cornell University.

Ruth Daniell is an award-winning writer and editor who currently lives with her family in Kelowna, BC. Her first full-length collection of poems, The Brightest Thing (Caitlin Press, 2019), explores fairy tales, sexual violence, love, and healing.

Heather O’Neill is a Canadian novelist, poet, short story writer, screenwriter and journalist, and author of Lullabies for Little CriminalsThe Girl Who Was Saturday NightDaydreams of Angels, andWisdom in Nonsense – Invaluable Lessons From My Father.

Elizabeth Renzetti is the author of Shrewed, a collection of essays, and the novel Based on a True Story. She is a columnist and feature writer with the Globe and Mail.


Kim Snowden is a Lecturer at UBC and teaches courses on social justice, fairy tales, science fiction & fantasy, YA literature, and monsters of all kinds.

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