Monday, October 24, 2016

Diwali in the RAW Garden Sunday 6 November

Storyteller Durgah Devi Palanisamy (Dee) has much to celebrate. 

It is a year since Dee and her family made the move to Melbourne from Singapore and it is Diwali. Dee has been embraced by the Storytelling Australia Victoria Community and the RAW Garden; her presence has introduced new stories, new ideas and brought us closer to the storytelling communities across Asia. Come and share food and stories with Dee, her family and storytelling friends.

Dee will be cooking up one of her special delicious curries but we invite you to bring along plate with something to share. And of course we will be sharing stories, so bring a story too!

BOOKINGS: you can book online or pay at the gate. 
CONCESSION: for Storytelling Vic members: $10.00 (at the gate)

TIME: 12.00 -2.00pm
RAW Garden: 325 South Road East Brighton

RAW website: HERE

This is the final storytelling session in the Garden for 2016. We will be in recess until February 2017.

Here is Dee sharing a traditional tale at 'Stories by Fire' during the Newport Folk Festival 2016. (Kindly recorded by Alex Kharnam for Storytelling Vic.)

Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Waters Between: 19 November

A night of traditional Irish stories and Scots ballads from Niki Na Meadhra and Fiona Ross, with Michelle Burton on harp, celebrating the long history of cultural exchange between Scotland and Ireland.
Doors open 30 minutes before the show

WHERE: The Boite World Music Cafe
Mark Street Hall
1 Mark St, Nth Fitzroy
WHEN: Saturday, November 19, 8pm

TICKETS at the door: $22/$16/$10

CONTACT: 03 9417 1983 /

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky

The Go-Between: William Murrungurk Buckley
The story of the white man who went black and came back.
Written & performed by Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky
Directed by Paul Hampton
Photo: Vivienne Hamilton
Nowa Nowa - Saturday 22 October @ 7pm
Nowa Nowa Hall (10 ks from Orbost)
COST: $20 BOOK: HERE                                                                                                                   
This is part of a day called Stories on the Hill, which also features writer Graham Sheil and Bruce Pascoe talking about his book Dark Emu. Full details of whole day on Jan’s website.

Mallacoota - Sunday 23 October @ 3.00
The Muddie – Mudbrick Pavillion
Maurice St, Malllacoota
COST: $25  BOOK: Pickets Gift Shop, Mallacoota                                           

Candelo (NSW) - Saturday 29 October @ 7.30 for 8pm     
Candelo Town Hall (28 ks from Merimbula)
 Presented by Candelo Arts Society
COST: $25/ $20 concession BOOK: HERE                                                                                                      
Murrah - Sunday 30 October @ 2.30 for 3 pm
Murrah Hall                                                           
3141 Tathra -Bermagui Rd, Murrah                                               
COST: $20/$15 concession  BOOK: HERE

 Photo: Elise Dutra

Monday, October 3, 2016

Membership Time: Join or renew!

Membership of Storytelling Australia Victoria provides you with many opportunities.
  • discounted entry to SAV events
  • the right to stand for election
  • regular email updates
  • promotion of your shows via our social media platforms
  • listing of your professional profile on our website which also means you will receive all inquiries from organisations interested in booking storytellers
  • invitations to social gatherings for members and friends
We offer  Group memberships. If you facilitate a Storytelling Group why not join up and we will promote you on our website. Currently listed:
  • Mahabharata Project
  • Victorian Fairy Tale Ring
  • AKA (Australian Kamishibai Association)
  • Ballarat Storytellers
  • Melbourne True Storytelling Meetup
We have members throughout the metro area and across regional Victoria. We also value our national  and international networks and take pride in our hospitality and open sharing of the story gifts brought to us by traveling storytellers.

Membership details HERE

Photos of events in 2016 (tip of the iceberg!) Top to bottom: Members outing to the The Islamic Museum of Australia, World Storytelling Day and International Women's Day (RAW Garden), Cadu Cinelli from Brazil - presentation and performance, Fabled Nights in Newport (open floor for beginners and experienced storytellers to learn the craft and develop repertoire).

'Fabled Nights in Newport' 21 October 2016

Fabled Nights in Newport is an open-hearted space for folks who want to learn to craft true tales, traditional stories, tall tales and yarns. 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 about 10 minutes, give or take.
In September we were treated to Dave C who is working out how he can tell the stories of his ancestors in an engaging way. Did you know that once there were dairy farms in Braybrook? Mary nailed it with a perfectly crafted tale from her childhood, the sweet revenge of young school girls on a grumpy bus driver. Jackie demonstrated how she uses her kamishibai storytelling box to share a story about marriage equality. The queen of the traditional folk tale, Susan always weaves a spell. Alex and Miles, our father and son tandem tellers are building their repertoire of trad tales and David D unpacked the nursery rhyme Hickory Dickory Dock. And there was more...

A special congratulations to Matt who has been coming along to Fabled Nights and honing his skill. Matt took himself off to The Moth Fringe show and smashed it!!! So we just might crack a bottle of bubbly this month!
A feature of Fabled Nights in Newport is cake and in September, Lana Woolf (who couldn't be with us) sent along a carrot and walnut cake. Let's just say ... the cake bar has been raised. It was excellent!

COST: $3.00 members $5.00 non members
TIME: 7.30 - 10.00
WHERE: THE NEWPORT SCOUT HALL. Market Street Newport (opp The Substation and squeezed between the Newport RSL and Bowls Club).     
There will be tea/coffee and biccies.
There are food venues in nearby Mason Street. Or feel free to bring some food and wine and make yourselves comfortable.

We ask that kind hearts and common sense prevail - misogynist, racist and homophobic stories hurt people. Please don’t bring them to Fabled Nights in Newport. 

pics north to south: David C in action, Mary, Susan and Matt

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Niki na Meadhra at the Open Studio: 1 October 2016

WHERE: 204 High Street Northcote MAP
WHEN: October 1
TIME: 5.00 pm
COST: Tix @ door $10
Limited seating - get along early

Niki na Meadhra will transport you to the Otherworld, with stories from Ireland and around the globe. Niki ran "Enchanted Evening" a night of traditional stories and music for adults for two years at Abbotsford Convent. Last year, Niki toured in Ireland telling and collecting stories. Get some magic in your weekend. The craic will be very good!

National Celtic Festival, 2016 "Spellbinding!" 

Learn more about Niki HERE