“You and I who still enjoy fairy tales have less reason to wish actual childhood back. We have kept its pleasures and added some grown-up ones as well.” – C.S. Lewis
The trend for grown-up twists on classic fairy stories has become inescapable in recent years, developing into what can perhaps be described as an entirely new genre of adult fiction. With modern re-makes appearing on the big screen and contemporary authors bringing the tales into the 21st century; this event asks what it is about fairy-tales that makes us unwilling to leave them behind.
As children, fairy-tales are used to teach us right from wrong and, as adults, they resonate with us in a way that other stories simply don’t. Is it nostalgia, sending us back to the same old stories time and again? Or is there some special magic that keeps the fairy-tale from growing old?
Join our expert panelists, authors Zoe Marriott, Lari Don and Vivian French, alongside chair, Danuta Kean, as we consider the modern re-telling of these famous stories on the page, stage and screen and explore the adult incarnations of the classic fairy-tale.