Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Fabled Nights at the Newport Folk Festival

FABLED NIGHTS: Saturday 29th June 7.00 pm
Newport Scout Hall, Market Street Newport.

A round of applause to all the storytellers who responded to our EoI and tossed their hats into the ring for the annual storytelling at the Newport Folk Festival.

Here is a scattering of acknowledgements and a warm invitation to come and join us by the hearth.
Cam Sharp


Alex Kharnam
















Hugs to those who make the soup, brew the chai, stoke the fire, straighten the chairs, plug in the lights, do the dishes and host.

Dave Davies









Durgah Devi Palanisamy
















Gratitude to No Worries Curries who have supplied us with their unique chai blend for over 10 years.
Ed Marshall















Thanks to Dave Davies who has our back and who is on stand-by in case someone can't make it. (Honestly don't know what we would do without Dave.)

Appreciation to Kate who travels through the cold from Macedon with gluten free cake and lights.
Jackie Kerin

Kate Lawrence






















Welcome to our musician friends who play and sing with us.
Dharma

Sarah Depasquale






















And high five to Matt for prerecording his story as he will be be away this year.

Please join us. There is always a chair by the fire.

Matt Mcarthur


Susan Hall
And ... we're on the merchandise tea towel. How cool is that!


Tuesday, May 28, 2019

StoryWorks

StoryWorks is a collaboration between two Melbourne storytellers and TEDx speakers Kate Lawrence and Sandy McDonald.


Their focus is the power of story to change how we communicate, relate, collaborate and work.

Kate and Sandy are combining their decades of thinking, teaching and telling to bring you their best in a series of keynote talks, and a culminating two day 'Storytelling for Organisational Culture' program in September 2019. Keep and eye out for events, beginning in June.

For more information about StoryWorks, about Kate and Sandy, their events and contacts, visit their:

Storytelling Sunday with Dee Palanisamy 2nd June

Me, Myself and My Story















Every Story is Us, Rumi.

Join me for Storytelling Sunday. Discover the stories that shape and design our lives. How do these stories craft our personalities? Do you enjoy the character stories?

Workshop your story with me this weekend.

Dee

Storytelling at the Newport Folk Festival 29 - 30 June

This is a small grass-roots festival hosted by the Newport Fiddle and Folk Club and managed by a small army of volunteers. It's a festival from the heart, that kicks above its weight and that opens its arms wide to embrace the broader community in a celebration of song, story and dance. The weekend offers workshops and performances with something for everyone.

The storytelling part of the program is rich and varied and largely supported by Storytelling Vic members and associates. 

SATURDAY 29th June The Newport Scout Hall

12.00 pm: The Amazing Case of Dr Ward and Other Stories

Musician Sarah Depasquale and storyteller Jackie Kerin ask the Question: when you bite into a pear and the juice dribbles down your chin, or spread a picnic rug under a shady elm or smell a rose, do you ever ask yourself: how did these plants come to be in Australia?

Passionate gardeners, Sarah and Jackie originally  developed this set of stories for the Williamstown Botanic Gardens but have gone on to share the tales at the Port Fairy Folk Festival, Stone the Crows in NSW and botanic gardens around Victoria.

4.00 pm Bush Poetry and Stories
 
Join Dave and Alan Davies on a journey back in time to the days of swaggies, shearers, stagecoaches, squatters and spielers. With Australian poems and stories from the nineteenth century, they'll take you back to the days when the bush was wild, the tracks were long and the tales were tall. 

7.00 pm Fabled Nights 
 
Come and enjoy a curated evening of spoken stories and story in song, served up with soup and chai around a crackling fire. Our wordsmiths promise to enchant with stories to suit all appetites.

Our storytellers and musicians are: Susan Hall, Matt McArthur, Ed Marshall, Dee Palanisamy, Kate Lawrence, Dharma, Sarah Depasquale, Jackie Kerin, Dave Davies and Alex Kharnam. And our MC guiding us through the evening is the wonderful Cameron Sharp.

Fabled Nights is a monthly gathering in Newport hosted by members of Storytelling Australia Victoria.

* For more information about the Newport Folk Festival, the location and how to buy tickets on line, visit their website HERE

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

FABLED NIGHTS May 17



The Newport Folk Festival has invited us to curate a night of story and *songs on the Saturday evening of the Festival - June 29 in the old Scout Hall. 

*Our singer is Dharma Picking from the Newport Fiddle and Folk Club.

In past years we've offered an open board but this year the Festival want the Fabled Nights crew to show their chops.

As part of the evening we will offer (as we have done in past years) soup and bread and chai.

While not set in cement - a plan might look like this:
  • 4 stories and a song
  • break (soup)
  • 4 stories and a song
  • chai  
So please if you wish to participate, come along to Fabled Nights on May 17 sign up and lets plan:
  • the story you wish to tell - let us hear it
  • strictly 10 minutes or less (we will ring a bell)
  • think about the atmosphere of the festival: fun, inclusive, around the fire
  • this is an all generations festival - so be aware children may be present
  • think about the balance of the evening
We'll also need need help Mcing, setting up the room, serving, welcoming people and tidying up.

We have another Fabled Nights on June 21 so you will get two chances to practice and refine your story.

*If you are keen as beans to participate but can't make Fabled Nights, please contact me and let me know. Jackie 0412 210 098

WHAT IS FABLED NIGHTS

Fabled Nights in Newport is an open-hearted space for people who want to learn to craft true tales, traditional stories, tall tales and yarns; heart to heart and without notes. We welcome beginners and experienced folks. So come and strut your stuff, share what you know, try out a new story or tell a tale for the first time.

There's room for around 10 storytellers and we ask that stories be no longer than 10 minutes, give or take. We ask that stories be said not read.

We reserve 2 - 15 minute places for people who want to try out longer stories.

Let kind hearts and commonsense prevail: racist and homophobic stories hurt people so please don't bring them to Fabled Nights.

NEXT FABLED NIGHTS

WHEN: Friday 17th May 7.30pm - 10.00pm
WHERE: Newport Community HUB 13 Mason Street, Newport
COST: $5.00 or $3.00 (Storytelling Vic and Newport Fiddle and Folk Club members). No Booking required.

*WHEEL CHAIR ACCESS
* FABLED NIGHTS is an inter-generational event. Children welcome at parent/carers discretion.

Fabled Nights in Newport is a partnership event with Hobsons Bay Libraries and is supported by the Newport Fiddle and Folk Club.

PARKING: There is free parking at the rear of the building. Coming from Mason Street, turn left at Durkin Street then left into the car park. Entry to the HUB is from the park. 


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Dee Palanisamy @ The Dock: Sunday 28th April

Take the kids along to the first of a series of Story Play Days at the The Dock Library 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade.

Easy to get to by public transport: any train to Southern Cross then hop on a tram 11, 35, 48, 70, 75

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Jan 'Yarn' Wositzky

click on poster to enlarge
A Bundle of Sticks is the musical story that celebrates the birth of democracy in Australia.

Written and performed by Jan 'Yarn' Wositzky - Bushwackers Band co-founder, musician, and renowned storyteller - in collaboration with director and writer Sue Ingleton - APG, Australia You're Standing In It, Dimboola - it's a lively, heart-felt, fun and rebel-rousing show that tells of the hitherto unknown 15,000 strong 1851 Monster Meeting of Diggers on Forest Creek (Chewton, Castlemaine).

It was Australia's first mass political protest. They created a democratic movement that won the vote and led to the 1854 bloodshed at Eureka.


Dates and venue on the poster: click to enlarge.