Issue 2 - 5 April 2021
Monday, 05 April 2021
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Drag queens Fairy Ferocious and Princess Prawn visited CDU’s Alice Springs campus to take part in Drag Queen Story Time as part of the FABalice Festival. Photo: Emma Murray
Drag queens Fairy Ferocious and Princess Prawn visited CDU’s Alice Springs campus to take part in Drag Queen Story Time as part of the FABalice Festival. Photo: Emma Murray

Storytime queens in Alice Springs

By Jessica Evans

It was all colour, glitter and the magic of stories as the queens took the limelight for Drag Queen Storytime as part of the FABalice Festival at Charles Darwin University in Alice Springs last month.

The magical morning saw Drag Territory’s storytellers in sparkly fancy dress read children’s picture books, as well as singing and dancing to a crowd of young Territorians, their carers and families.

Drag Queen Storytime is an established library storytime program that celebrates self-acceptance and acceptance of others within a diverse community.

CDU Academic and Research Librarian Kathryn Bailey said the event promoted the value of reading to children and the importance of acceptance of diversity.

“Our community here in Alice Springs is incredibly diverse and accepting and it was so wonderful to see the local community embrace this event,” Ms Bailey said.

“The performance allowed families to initiate a conversation with their own children, should they wish, about inclusion and openness.

“It was a great chance to introduce the campus spaces and facilities available to students to families.”

The Drag Territory team performs storytime across the Top End in Palmerston and Darwin.