Click here for comprehensive online teaching resources, with particular reference to the Australian Curriculum. These have been developed by the Copyright Agency's Reading Australia program, with the purpose of making significant Australian literary works more readily available for teaching in schools and universities.

On the same site is  an essay by Professor Clare Bradford"Cold War Bricolage: Ursula Dubosarsky's The Red Shoe"

Download here Kate de Goldi's essay on "The Red Shoe" for the Library for Young Europeans.

Video interview with Niven Kumar from ECRITURE about creative writing, history and "The Red Shoe", with reference to the After the Bomb HSC elective.

THE PETROV AFFAIR - extensive resources from Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.  Historic footage below. 

TEXT OF HANS ANDERSEN'S 'THE RED SHOES', the fairy tale that Frances reads to Matilda. 

POLIO IN AUSTRALIA, the illness contracted by Frances' schoolfriend

Short film about life in Australia in the 1950s.

Excerpt below from Lee Whitmore's 2006 animated film "The Safe House", set during the Petrov Affair

Theme song of 1952 western "High Noon",  a favourite of Uncle Paul

Another favourite song of Uncle Paul, "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square"

Click here to see a virtual tour of the STATE THEATRE where the children are taken to see "Roman Holiday" (trailer below)

An excerpt below of stage play by Jigsaw Theatre based on the novel

Argonauts' Club song - the radio programme that Matilda's invisible friend Floreal hops out from


Other works inspired by the Petrov Affair

* 'THE SAFE HOUSE' animation by Lee Whitmore


* 'DOCUMENT Z' novel

 'THE PETROV AFFAIR' TV mini series

For reviews of "The Red Shoe" click here.