Tuesday, March 19, 2019



Our World Storytelling Day celebration for adults is now FREE.
Come and join us this Saturday, March 23 at 2.00 pm.

We are in the Performance Space at the beautiful Dock Library overlooking the water.

This venue can be reached by public transport and is fully accessible for those of you who use wheel chairs or other aids.

As part of World Storytelling Day, there will be a display and  resources for sale.

FREE but please still BOOK to help us with numbers. When you book you will see the address and map to help you find the venue.


Dave Davies will be sharing tales from the Speewah, a mythical station in the Australian outback where tall tales abound!

Sarah Depasquale and Jackie Kerin will combine their musical and storytelling telling talents and spin you a Selkie story.

Kamini Ramachandran from Moon Shadow Stories is based in Singapore. Kamini is the creative director of the International Storytelling StoryFest Singapore  and a good friend of Storytelling Australia Victoria, Kamini has recorded a message and story for us to share on World Storytelling Day.

Come and meet Kate Lawrence from Story Wise. Kate has been touring with her one woman show 'Fantastic Feminist Folk Tales' and she hosts the only women's only open mike story event in Melbourne.

Internationally recognised US storyteller David Novak has recorded a story especially for us to share with you. David is well loved in Australia and has contributed much to the oral storytelling community as the keynote at the NSW International Storytelling Conference, shows and workshops.

Anna Manuel from Heads and Tales Story Services  is not only a reading specialist but she is an enthusiastic practitioner of Kamishibai storytelling and a key member of the AKA (Australian Kamishibai Association). Anna is also well-known for her work as a bilingual storyteller (Filipino/English) and her work in this intercultural space.

Dani Bücheler-Scott from Wolf Publishing has also made her mark in the bilingual space. Dani brings her love of language and landscape from her childhood in Austria, a passion for Kamishibai storytelling and collaborative events and creations.

Matteo has been telling stories for more years than you've had hot breakfasts. He is a familiar face in schools, festivals and libraries around Victoria. He brings gentle magic and smiles where ever he goes.

Susan Hall is one of our favourite librarian storytellers. Her knowledge of folk tale and the oral tradition runs deep. When not attending to library and grandmother duties, Susan is a regular at our monthly gatherings at Fabled Nights in Newport.

What would we do without Alex Kharnam! Alex is a regular at all our events. He is our videographer, our cheer squad our walking talking encyclopedia. A writer, camera man, props builder and all round problem solver. Alex has been working on a Greek myth with a twist.

And finally our wondrous host and hard working Storytelling Australia Victoria volunteer, Durgah Devi Palinasamy from Deelightful Tales. We thank Dee for offering to curate  World Storytelling Day for the second year in a row. We know how time consuming events are to plan. We also thank the Storytelling Vic volunteers who have offered to help on the day. Without you, it wouldn't happen.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Stories, stories, stories!!!

The year is kicking off with public events for you all to participate in, group shows and individuals making their mark.

For your diary ...

FABLED NIGHTS IN NEWPORT kicks off this Friday and we have the space booked for the third Friday of the month up until November.

Fabled Nights will continue as a night to practice and share stories, give feedback, share resources and ideas, to welcome beginners and encourage the more experienced to keep raising the bar.

This month we hope that those who are planning to tell stories at World Storytelling Day will come along and have a practice. If Alex is available, he will bring us some lights so tellers can have a go under the brightness.

We'll also make time to talk about how you would like to see the year unfold, whether you would like us to set themes or plan an event where we can strut our stuff; perhaps you would like to have a go at hosting or helping on the door.

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

WHERE: Newport HUB 13 Mason Street, enter via the park
WHEN: March 15 
TIME: 7.30 pm - 10.00 pm
COST: $5.00 or $3.00 (Storytelling Vic and Newport Fiddle and Folk Club members). No Booking required.

* FABLED NIGHTS is an intergenerational event. Children at parent/carers discretion

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.


Dee (Palanisamy) and Dani (Bücheler-Scott) are working together to make these Sunday events exciting and welcoming. While we will continue to share news from the Garden on our Facebook page and blog, Dani and Dee have now created an open Facebook Group where you can connect and chat with each other and share your thoughts. You don't have to have a Facebook account to see the news. Also check out the RAW Garden website to learn more about this beautiful space.

Storytelling Sundays are on the first Sunday of the month from now until November.
This year Dani and Dee will be introducing storytelling guests into the circle and the April guest is Anna Manual from Heads and Tales Story Services. 

WHEN: Sunday April 7
TIME: 12.00 pm - 3.00 pm
WHERE: 325 South Rd Brighton East
NO BOOKINGS required, pay at the gate.
COST: $15 (for the Garden and our special guest)


Don't forget to book!!

World Storytelling Day for Adults 2.00 pm. More details and booking HERE

 World Storytelling Day for Kids 11.00 am. More details and booking HERE

There will displays and resources for sale at both events including the AKA (Australian Kamishibai Association).

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Kamishibai Display @ World Storytelling Day

STORYTELLING AUSTRALIA VICTORIA is celebrating WORLD STORYTELLING DAY with two performances: one for children and one for adults.

As part the celebrations, the AKA (Australian Kamishibai Association) will be there with a display of Kamishibai stages to drool over and stories for sale. What a great opportunity to meet some the passionate Melbourne Kamishibai storytellers.
You'll find us at both sessions. We're FREE, no bookings required.

Here's Anna at the display table at the Williamstown Literary Festival 2018

World Storytelling Day for Children is at 11.00 am in the Activity Space.
FREE but please BOOK as numbers are limited. 
World Storytelling Day for Adults is 2.00 pm in the Performance Space.
Please BOOK to ensure a seat.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

International Women’s Day at the RAW Garden: Sunday 3rd March

Every year Storytelling Australia Victoria acknowledges International Women’s Day at the RAW Garden with food and stories: stories of survival, wisdom and strength shared in personal stories, folk tales and myths.

This month, RAW’s special storytelling guest is Kate Lawrence. Kate created Story Wise, an initiative that provides story support services including workshops, key notes and mentorships. Kate is also the woman behind Story Wise Women, the only women’s only storytelling event in Melbourne.

Last year Kate, wrote, performed and toured her first solo storytelling show, Fantastic Feminist Folktales

This compelling set of stories is bold, brave, funny and heart wrenching.

Please join us for International Women’s Day, hear about Kate’s work and listen to her stories. And of course, bring a story to share if you wish.

RAW Garden monthly storytelling is now into its fourth year and has well and truly found its direction. Durgah Devi Palanisamy and Daniela Bücheler-Scott (Storytelling Vic) and Mariam Issa (RAW) hold the space for people to be vulnerable, funny, adventurous and excited about sharing.

*PLEASE bring a plate, something savoury and vegetarian is always good.

WHEN: Sunday March 3
TIME: 12.00 pm - 3.00 pm
WHERE: 325 South Rd Brighton East
NO BOOKINGS required, pay at the gate.
COST: $15 (for the Garden and our special guest)

(NEXT: RAW Garden Storytelling is April 7 *END OF DAYLIGHT SAVING)

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

World Storytelling Day for Children: March 23


Roz Quin, Matteo, Daniella Bücheller-Scott, and Anna Manuel are four specialist children's storytellers from Storytelling Australia Victoria.

They promise to delight and enchant the young and young-at-heart with stories from around the world.

Come celebrate this global day with words and wonder!

There will also be a display of storytelling books and resources

DATE: Saturday 23 March 
WHERE: Library at the Dock (Activities Room) 107 Victoria Harbour, Docklands. Melbourne
TIME: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
FREE: HERE  Bookings essential.
Please include children AND adults in your booking.
Please book ONLY if you are sure to come as space is limited. 

*Auslan interpreters from Auslan Stage Left
Suitable for children up to 12 y/o

For the ADULT session in the afternoon, please follow this link.
This is the World Storytelling Day logo. It was designed by Swedish storyteller Mats Rehnman and gifted to the global community to share at this special time of year.

Federation of Asian Story Tellers: WEBINAR


NB: Storytelling Australia Victoria is a member organisation of  FEAST (Federation of Asian Story Tellers). If you are a paid-up member of SAV, let FEAST or Shirley know when you book.

Sign up for the FEAST webinar below and you will receive a handout that you are free to use and adapt for your own workshops.


Many children enjoy listening to stories, telling stories, reading stories, but too few enjoy writing them. Discover how you can harness that enthusiasm for stories and channel it into creative writing.
In this webinar FEAST Director, Sheila Wee will show you how speaking, listening and reading activities can be woven into the writing process, to engage children in a holistic language learning environment that enhances children's creative writing.

DATE: Friday 15 February 2019
TIME: 7.30pm to 9pm (Singapore time)
Check the timing in your time zone: HERE
FEAST Members - SGD$5
FEAST Young Storyteller Members - Free
Non- Members SGD$10
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All who register will be send a recording of the webinar to watch at their leisure.
Sign up for the webinar HERE

For enquiries contact Sheila on feaststory@gmail.com

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Story Wise Women March 2019

 The first Story Wise Women for 2019, is coming up soon and the theme is ‘Women’.

Come and tell us a story about one or one thousand women in your life, from the woman who birthed you to the woman packing your shopping. Wade into the murky waters of gender roles and expectations, of the times you've been put in your place as a woman or relished in the joy of womankind. Or just bring your open-hearted listening and enjoy the ride.

WHEN: March 5
TIME: 7.30 - 10.00
WHERE: Handsome Her Cafe in Brunswick: 206 Brunswick Road Brunswick

**NOTE: Please book. There are only 12 tickets left for this event!

Story Wise Women is a themed based, true, personal storytelling evening managed by Kate Lawrence from Story Wise. The evenings take place on the first Tuesday of the month from March to November.

Read about Kate, Story Wise Women, venues and themes HERE