Monday 28 September 2015

Once upon a time....

Some of you may remember the "Once Upon A Time" competition held to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Brothers Grimm’s book of fairy tales. The Goethe-Institut New Zealand, in association with the NZ Listener and the IIML at Victoria Uni, invited people to write a Grimm fairytale for modern Aotearoa New Zealand.

The story had to begin with the words “Once upon a time . . .” and over 300 entries were received and posted on the Once Upon a Time blog.

Twelve of the fairy tales have now been published in a book which was launched last night at the Goethe-Institut in Wellington. It was a lovely occasion (with delicious wine and nibbles) and great to meet German teachers, students and others passionate about German language and culture.

I'm very pleased to have my story "The four brothers and the ungrateful princess" included in the collection. Congratulations to all the other authors listed here, and I'm looking forward to reading (or re-reading) their stories.