Isn’t it about time that “happily ever after” got a forward-thinking makeover?

Now that we have no use for gender stereotypes involving helpless maidens and bland, heroic princes, fairy tales have progressed to take on more empowering and more inclusive storylines.

In her new collection, Fierce Fairytales: & Other Stories to Stir Your Soul, Nikita Gill rejuvenates tired tropes with princesses who save themselves and modern takes on well-known villains.

Gill will be in conversation with Kirsty Logan, whose forthcoming book of feminist, literary horror stories centres on fears of domesticity, childbearing, and violence, as well as Jen Campbell, author and host of the popular YouTube series, Fairy Tales with Jen.

About The Speakers

Jen Campbell

Jen Campbell is a bestselling author and award-winning poet. Her books include ‘The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night,’ ‘The Girl Aquarium’ and a series of children’s picture books about a book-loving dragon called Franklin. 

Kirsty Logan

Kirsty Logan is a professional daydreamer. She is the author of two novels; The Gloaming and The Gracekeepers, and two story collections; A Portable Shelter and The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales. Kirsty lives in Glasgow with her wife and their rescue dog.

Nikita Gill

Nikita Gill is a British-Indian writer and poet living in the south of England. Her works include Your Soul is a River (2016), Wild Embers (2017), Fierce Fairytales: & Other Stories to Stir Your Soul (2019) and Great Goddesses: Life Lessons from Myths and Monsters (2019). With over 500,000 followers, Nikita is one of the most popular poets on Instagram.

About The Host

Jean Menzies

Jean Menzies is an online content creator, presenter and writer with a background in publishing. She is currently working on her PhD researching the lives of women in Ancient Greece. You can find her on her YouTube channel BookishThoughts and her podcast That’s Ancient History.