A POWERFUL collection of 25 stories from across Europe and Central Asia

Storytelling has a transformative power to disrupt norms, challenge stereotypes, and inspire positive change. Many fairy tales were originally created by women for women, about characters who challenged restrictive gender roles, expectations, and laws of their time; these narratives were rewritten by the powers of their times to bolster harmful social norms. Awake Not Sleeping fairy tales collection aims to change how societies think about women and girls’ roles, rights, and human potential by bringing back these forgotten narratives and supporting fresh, creative dialogue. Make gender equality a lived reality for all. Get inspired and be the change!

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25 STORIES. COUNTLESS POSSIBILITIES FOR INSPIRED YOUNG READERS.

Over 100 feminist writers came together to lend their perspectives on gender equality and inspire a new generation of readers to expand their potential. Our selected 25 stories re-examine classic narratives from the dynamic lens of today’s activists, leaders, innovators, and changemakers.

Wee Little Khavroshechka
Daria Apakhonchich, Russia
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Wee Little Khavroshechka
Daria Apakhonchich, Russia
The Child Without Golden Hair
Kalina Maleska, North Macedonia
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The Child Without Golden Hair
Kalina Maleska, North Macedonia
Snow
Altyn Kapalova, Kyrgyzstan
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Snow
Altyn Kapalova, Kyrgyzstan
The Frog Girl
Ivanka Ferencic, Croatia
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The Frog Girl
Ivanka Ferencic, Croatia
The Spinning Girl
Bergrún Íris Sævarsdóttir, Iceland
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The Spinning Girl
Bergrún Íris Sævarsdóttir, Iceland
Jack and the Beanstalk
Siobhan Tebbs, England
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Jack and the Beanstalk
Siobhan Tebbs, England
Beyond the Woods
Aslı Karataş, Turkey
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Beyond the Woods
Aslı Karataş, Turkey
The Woman of Flowers
Bethan James, Wales
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The Woman of Flowers
Bethan James, Wales
The Haughty Princess
Deirdre Sullivan, Ireland
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The Haughty Princess
Deirdre Sullivan, Ireland
Hana, The Girl who Caught the Sun
Rovena Rrozhani, Albania
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Hana, The Girl who Caught the Sun
Rovena Rrozhani, Albania
The Princes and the Peas
Louise Young, Scotland
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The Princes and the Peas
Louise Young, Scotland
The Wound of a Heart too Kind
Ester Obi Smith, Switzerland
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The Wound of a Heart too Kind
Ester Obi Smith, Switzerland
The Sirens of Carraig Mhor
Laura Neimeyer, Germany
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The Sirens of Carraig Mhor
Laura Neimeyer, Germany
A Tale of Two Ševalas
Emrah Güler with Amila Hrustić Batovanja, Hatidža Gušić and Masha Durkalić, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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A Tale of Two Ševalas
Emrah Güler with Amila Hrustić Batovanja, Hatidža Gušić and Masha Durkalić, Bosnia and Herzegovina
The Discovery of Princess Jane
Khulya Jafarova, Azerbaijan
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The Discovery of Princess Jane
Khulya Jafarova, Azerbaijan
Marta
Karina Bezrukova, Czech Republic / Ukraine
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Marta
Karina Bezrukova, Czech Republic / Ukraine
The Room with Formulas on the Wall
Kalina Maleska and Irina Solomatina, Belarus
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The Room with Formulas on the Wall
Kalina Maleska and Irina Solomatina, Belarus
Aisha in the Dreamland
Ana Stjelja, Serbia
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Aisha in the Dreamland
Ana Stjelja, Serbia
The Belted Sona
Alex Chighvinadze, Georgia
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The Belted Sona
Alex Chighvinadze, Georgia
The Sleeping Castle
Tania Kasian, Ukraine
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The Sleeping Castle
Tania Kasian, Ukraine
Myrtle Tree and Pomegranate Mirror
Katerina Paouri, Greece
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Myrtle Tree and Pomegranate Mirror
Katerina Paouri, Greece
Zumrad and Kimmat
Saida Rashidova, Uzbekistan
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Zumrad and Kimmat
Saida Rashidova, Uzbekistan
House 92
Natalia Remish, The Netherlands
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House 92
Natalia Remish, The Netherlands
The Wyven of Lake Léman
Noémie Pétremand, France
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The Wyven of Lake Léman
Noémie Pétremand, France
A Tale of a Brave Daughter
Zebuniso Rasulzade, Tajikistan
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A Tale of a Brave Daughter
Zebuniso Rasulzade, Tajikistan
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