Felicity Pulman

History, Mystery, Legends & Fantasy

with Felicity Pulman

THE PRESENTER

Felicity Pulman’s love of history, fantasy and crime is reflected in her numerous novels for children and teenagers, most notably Ghost Boy, the Shalott trilogy and her medieval crime series for teenagers, The Janna Mysteries, set in the 1140s at the time of the ‘Anarchy’ the civil war between King Stephen and the Empress Matilda. The first Janna Mystery, Rosemary for Remembrance, was a CBC Notable book in 2005. Book 4, Willows for Weeping and Shalott have both won the Society of Women Writers Biennial Book Awards. Her books are listed in the Premier’s Reading Challenge in NSW, VIC and SA. Felicity has many years experience speaking about researching and writing her novels (and about the history that informs many of them), and conducting workshops for students and adults across a variety of genres.

www.felicitypulman.com.au / www.youtube.com/felicitypulman

THE PRESENTATIONS

Felicity’s presentations are designed to complement History/English studies and are planned in consultation with teachers. They are tailored to suit the age of the audience and their sphere of interest: history and mystery or fantasy and legends. She uses power point presentations to show students photographs of the settings for her novels, maps, historical documents, painted representations or icons of historical or legendary figures and other illustrations to help students visualise her stories.

1. HISTORY AND MYSTERY IN THE MIDDLE AGES
Felicity draws on her research for the Janna Mysteries to initiate students into an experience of what life was like in medieval time from the highest nobles to the lowest villains, describing expectations (for men and women) and how each group might have fared at a time described as ‘nasty, brutish and short’. Familiarity with the Janna Mysteries is helpful as she talks about how she researched and wrote the novels, along with how to go about solving crimes in medieval time without the benefit of modern technology, and the dire punishments criminals faced if caught.

2. MYTHS, FAIRY TALES, LEGENDS AND FANTASY
A new interpretation for the 21st century

Babette Cole and Roald Dahl are among the many authors who have rewritten and updated fairy stories and legends, while the Arthurian legend has been written and rewritten for almost a thousand years. In her presentation Felicity draws on her research while writing the Shalott trilogy – a time slip series in which five Australian teenagers go back into medieval time to try to save the life of ‘the lady of Shalott’ and prevent the doom of Camelot, but find they are rewriting their own destinies instead. The presentation combines an overview of the development of the Arthurian legend and Felicity’s research and writing process, ending with a look at some of the fun ways other authors have subverted legends and fairy tales.

SUITABILITY:
Years 7-12
DURATION:
60 minutes (including question time)
COST PER STUDENT:
$4.00 + 40c GST
MIN PER SESSION:
$572.00 ($520 + $52 GST if less than 130 students)
REQUIREMENTS:
Laptop, projector and screen or smartboard
**Teachers’ notes available on request