Kate Forsyth will be at the Bendigo Writers Festival next weekend.

Festival goers who have heard Kate Forsyth speak have always been enthralled with her unique interpretations of fairytales and myths.

This gift of the gab (clearly straight from the fairies) has also made her a popular guest on the ABC’s Conversations. Richard Fidler is a great fan.

Kate can hold you as she retells a fairytale woven among historical events and speaks on how tales, legends and myths become a part of our culture and how they have affected history and current times.

Her books are quite delicious and include Bitter Greens, a retelling of Rapunzel which won the 2015 American Library Association Award for Best Historical Fiction; The Wild Girl, the story of the forbidden romance behind the Grimm Brothers’ famous fairytales, named the Most Memorable Love Story of 2013; and The Beast’s Garden, a retelling of The Singing, Springing Lark set in the underground resistance to Hitler in Nazi Germany.

In her latest novel, The Blue Rose, Forsyth reveals how the French Revolution held the beginnings of feminism with The Women’s March on Versailles as the first popular uprising of women in the world. She highlights Olympe de Gouges’ Declaration of the Rights of Woman and of The Citizen in 1791 as the first feminist polemic.

But apart from political elements The Blue Rose is inspired by the real-life quest to seek China’s blood-red rose and a moving tale of forbidden love.

You can hear Kate speak Sunday 10am Strategem Studio – Romancing The Rose

Sunday 12.30pm Bendigo Bank Theatre – Mining The Past

See the Bendigo Writers Festival program online for more details.

Dianne Dempsey