Saturday, April 22, 2017

Story Wise Women: True, Personal Storytelling Nights for Women May 2

Women's experiences are different, how we see the world, how we are treated in the world, how we make sense of the world are unique and diverse. 

Women's stories are not heard as loudly, as often, as seriously or as humourously as they could be.  

Women need space and time to tell, to be heard, to listen and connect through sharing our experiences, through our crafted stories.  We need to make sense of our lives in a way that brings peace and hope to the events that have shaped us, as we then in turn shape them into a story. We then give this as part gift part message to our audience and know ourselves in a deeper way.  

This is an open opportunity eight women to tell a 5 - 8 minute true story - no notes, it happened to you, and for the rest of us to listen. There is no obligation to tell a story, in fact listeners are needed just as much as tellers. Check the event details for the monthly theme. 

May Theme: Sickness and Health
Tell us a story of the body, how a crisis of health, your own or someone around you, came to your life. Tell us about the vomit, blood, guts and pain.  Tell us about sickness in a relationship, your heart or your mind, tell us about the doctors and nurses, the patients, the tests, the fears and acceptance.

WHERE: Long Play: 318 St Georges Road, North Fitzroy 
* Get a drink, settle in, or come earlier for dinner, the kitchen opens at 6pm.
WHEN: Ist Tuesday of the month
TIME: 7.30 pm - 10.00pm
COST: $15.00 05 $10.00 concession

Learn more about Story Wise Women and Kate Lawrence HERE
Enquiries:  0402 080 445 

Story Play Day: 13 May

Your invited to the May Story Play Day - A day of playing storytelling games, of practicing and sharing our storytelling skills. This Play Day is about stretching our mind, body and storytelling muscles, picking up new storytelling tips and tricks, and practicing the story skills we already know that help to keep us on our toes.

The next Story Play Day is on Saturday May 13th 2017
(Second Saturday of the month)

Starts at 11.00am and finishes at 4.30 pm - it is an open and relaxed day so come when you can and leave when you must!

* Small children welcome! This is a family friendly event.

$15 waged
$10 unwaged
SAV member and youth $5
Children 8 years and under free
Pay on the day!

Can I lead a Session?
Sign up to lead a story game / activity or to lead a short story skills workshop and you get free entry to the Storytelling Play Day.

Please email Lana if you would like to sign up to lead a session or for more details at

What shall I bring?
Bring your playfulness, enthusiam, quick wit, and a plate to share for lunch - if it is lovely weather, we can eat outside in the park and have a picnic - otherwise we will go inside to the Knowledge Market for all our activities.

Herbal tea, coffee and water will be provided

What does the day look like?

11.00 to 11.30 - Registration
11.30 to 12.15 - Opening Story Circle
12.15 to 1.00 - Lunch
1.00 to 1.45 - Suzanne Sandow - Group improv story activity
1.45 to 2.00 - Break
2.00 to 2.45 - Lana Woolf - Hot Shoe Shuffle activity
2.45 to 3.00 - Break
3.00 to 3.45 - Session four. - TBC
3.45 to 4.30 - Closing Story Circle

About the facilitator:
Lana Woolf is an artist who weaves together the myth, history
and biography of her life in epic narrative form through storytelling, poetry and multimedia arts. She loves to get other people talking too! She hosts conference sessions, workshops, book clubs, radio shows and book launches, She is is passionate about teaching poetry and storytelling and is the Creative Director of Sparking Change, an Australia based organisation that uses StoryWork for Social Change.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Jan "Yarn" Wozitsky" CANAKKALE GALLIPOLI. April 25

Hello Folks,

I've a new rendition of my long-running show CANAKKALE GALLIPOLI, this time with the superb Jack Norton, a master of Turkish music, joining me to play oud, saz, tanbur and percussion. Jack studied Turkish music in Istanbul, and he's bringing great depth to the musical side of this show.

It's on Anzac Day at Steilglitz (b/w Geelong & Ballan) & Castlemaine on FRi 28 (see below).

I’ve not performed the show since the overbearingly nationalistic and sentimental 2015 centenary, so for those who may fear this is in that vein, assuredly it’s not - it’s an alternative, human version of this story that I hope transcends, and undercuts, nationalism - and tells it from both sides.

As Ted Egan says in one of the songs I use:
“They say old soldiers never die
But young ones do and I ask why?"

All details below, and hope to see you if you're in this area.
Cheers, Jan.

Tuesday 25 April (Anzac Day) @ 2.30pm
Stieglitz Hall, Stieglitz (between Ballan & Geelong)
$20. Book with Pete or Christine: 03 5281 9253
Friday 28 April @ 8pm
Old Castlemaine Gaol

$25. Book: HERE

RAW Garden Storytelling: Sunday May 7

RAW Garden Storytelling is a partnership event with Mariam Issa and the RAW Garden. The Garden celebrates the uniqueness and aspirations of multicultural women through gardening, storytelling, crafts and cooking. Durgah Devi Palanisamy (Dee) from Storytelling Vic is our host. Dee will have a mix of special guests and story games and there is always a space for friends to tell a tale.

WHERE: 325 South Road Brighton East 

WHEN: Sunday May 7
TIME: 12.00 - 2.00 pm
COST: $15.00 or $10.00 Storytelling Vic members
No booking necessary. Pay at the gate.

Tea and sweet snacks provided. Bring a small plate of something savoury to share.

Event banner: photo by Tatiana Scott: HERE

More information about RAW: HERE

Monday, April 17, 2017

Gael Cresp: Travellers - Stories for Grown-ups

"Before there were books there were Stories" (Jackie Kerin). No props, no script, no recitation: just stories told in the oldest way.
This is a free event hosted by the West Gippsland Regional Library in Wonthaggi.
The stories are directed at adults, but folk of any age will enjoy themselves if they come along take a seat, open their ears and listen.
Gael is a life member of Storytelling Australia Victoria.

WHERE: Wonthaggi Library, Murray Street, Wonthaggi
WHEN: 19 April  
TIME: 11 AM - 12 PM

Learn more about Gael HERE 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

'Fabled Nights in Newport': April 21st

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

SPECIAL GUEST: visiting storyteller Lavanya Prasad from Bangalore
This month we are looking forward to welcoming a special storytelling guest to Fabled Nights. Lavanya Prasad is visiting Melbourne from Bangalore. Lavanya is a Professional Storyteller, applying stories in all walks of life. She conducts workshops for children and adults using stories as a medium. She also does regular storytelling sessions in Libraries, Bookstores, and Schools for children. If you wish, you can contact Lavanya via her Facebook page HERE

WHERE: Newport Community HUB. 13 Mason Street Newport
WHEN: 21 April. 7.30 - 10.00 pm
COST: $5.00 or $3.00 (Storytelling Vic and Newport Fiddle and Folk Club members). No Booking required.

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

Matt McArthur: The Laborastory (April)

Story Vic science storyteller Matt McArthur rocked it at The April Laborastory. Here Matt is telling the story of William Speirs Bruce, Scottish naturalist, polar scientist and oceanographer who organized and led the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition (1902–04) to the South Orkney Islands and the Weddell Sea. 
 Matt is also a podcaster and decided to celebrated 42 episodes of his pod cast 'Ice Coffee' by baking dozens of chocolate cup cakes decorated with an image of Antarctica. (Cake has really found its place among us!)
Matt has been making good use of the Fabled Nights in Newport to craft his stories. It would be wonderful if more science communicators came along and used the evenings to shape and polish their ripping yarns.  If you are reading this and you are a science nerd, come along. We'd love to hear your stories. 

You can visit Diver Matt's website HERE
If you enjoy science stories, The Laborastory is a monthly event HERE