Monday, September 10, 2018

KATE LAWRENCE: FANTASTIC FEMINIST FOLKTALES

As Spring arrives and the scent of jasmine fills in the air and the buds swell and burst, settle into a warm and cosy space in the inner city of Melbourne, and be enthralled by an eclectic mix of stories, both dark and dangerous, and delightful and inspiring.

Fantastic Feminist Folktales is a storytelling performance of folktales, myths and stories from throughout the ages, inlaid completely with women’s power and potential.

It is a bold, brave and compelling first performance, in the imperfect art that is oral storytelling, from storyteller Kate Lawrence, principal of Story Wise. Kate brings her unique artful eye and feminist sensibility to the classic stories of Red Riding Hood, Joan of Arc, and Demeter & Persephone, as well as other stories.





WHERE
The Basement, Hawthorn Arts Centre
360 Burwood Road
Hawthorn, VIC 3122

BOOK HERE

Kate Lawrence aka Story Wise HERE

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Thank you Fionnuala Smyth

Storytelling Australia Victoria (SAV) runs on volunteer power. Our committee is small and live in all directions north, south, east and west of Melbourne. We meet once a month via teleconference and several times throughout the year, we gather face to face. 
Fionnuala Smyth hosting Fabled Nights in Newport
We plough through the necessary and not so exciting things like banking, budgets, agendas, minutes and spreadsheets so we can keep the creative pot on the boil. We dream and plan events and activities to keep our members connected and do our best to provide supportive spaces where they can grow their interest and skills at a pace that suits.

We are grateful to the team that keeps us afloat and to those who take on the responsibility of running events.

Fionnuala Smyth has been a member of SAV for only a short while but in that time, despite moving and changing jobs, joined the committee and attended the teleconferences. Insightful, knowledgeable and experienced, we have been lucky to have her on board. Fionnuala, as well as telling wonderful true, fictional original (who can forget her beautiful dragon stories) and traditional tales, hosted Fabled Nights in Newport, Raw Garden Storytelling (when Dee was unavailable) and World Storytelling Day.

Its our loss but Queensland's gain - Fionnuala has moved to Brisbane.

We miss you Fionnuala. Storytellers have a way of keeping the networks strong. I have no doubt we will see you again.

And thank you.

Jackie Kerin (president Storytelling Australia Victoria) and on behalf of the current committee, Kate Lawrence, Durgah Devi Palanisamy, Lana Woolf, Roz Quin, Anna Manuel and Ronda Gault.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

An Introduction to Storytelling

Congratulations to Anne E Stewart and Jackie Kerin. Both these Storytelling AustraliaVic storytellers were invited to contribute essays to An Introduction to Storytelling by Storytellers From Around the World, edited by Christine Willison for the Society for Storytelling (UK).

Other contributors include Jack Zipes, Taffy Thomas, and Liz Berg

The launch took place at Beyond the Border - Wales International Storytelling Festival this year. 

An Introduction  to Storytelling by Storytellers From Around the World is available for purchase on Amazon.

Friday, August 17, 2018

September Fabled Nights in Newport

In the September Fabled Nights, we have a special visitor - Jeremy Leong from Singapore.

Jeremy is the recipient of a professional development grant enabling him to visit Melbourne and he is an Associate Artist and Young Storyteller with The Storytelling Centre Limited, Singapore. Under the mentorship of Singapore's pioneer storyteller, Kamini Ramachandran, Jeremy has performed for adult audiences and young audiences of different abilities.

In September, he will share with us the story of Badang, an orphaned slave boy who worked for a rich farmer in the island of Singapura.

Please join with us in making Jeremy welcome and of course bring a story to share so his basket goes home full of tales from Australia.

Photography by Ahmad Fikri
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.

WHEN: Friday 21September 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.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Jan Wositzky hits the road: September - October


No, I haven't retired. If I did I'd just be doing what I do now anyway. I've had this recent winter off, to give myself space to have a decent dose of the flu, read a few books and watch too much iView, Netflix etc.

The news is that as of the first day of Spring - or as the Dja Dja Warring calendar here in central Victoria has it, the season of Poorneet, when the temperature rises but the rain continues - I'm on the road again with BILARNI starting close to home (Barfold, Harcourt Nth), then the Northern Territory (hooray!) and in October with NSW south coast dates for the new show FIE UPON PUSILLANIMITY!, all about the 1851 Monster Meeting of Diggers.

All the details are below.

And for those into furniture, that seat in the header photo ... a beautiful piece of work, with several of them around the base of Uluru. I'd just woken from a sleep on this one and got a Japanese tourist to take this photo.

Cheers, and say hello if you come to a show.

Jan.

September

BILARNI
Sat. 1 @ 7.30 pm
Barfold Hall
Kyneton - Heathcote Road, Barfold
$25 incl. supper afterwards
Book: www.trybooking.com/XAEU  
Enquiries: Sandra 0412 224 315 / 5423 4225

Presented by Barfold Hall Committee      

BILARNI
Sun. 2 @  2pm
House Concert at Keith & Jenny McKenry's
Dandura Alpacas
Fenton Drive, Harcourt Nth
$25 incl. afternoon tea
Book: 5439 6525

BILARNI
Sat. 15 @ 2.00 pm
GYRACC - Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre
328 Stuart Hwy, Katherine, Northern Territory
$20/25
Book: http://www.gyracc.org.au (under What's On)


A STORYTELLER'S GUIDE TO STORYTELLING
Workshop
Thurs 20 @ 7.00pm
Red Hot Arts,
67 Bath St, Alice Springs
$20 ($40 for workshop & BILARNI)
Book:  https://redhotarts.com.au/event/a-storytellers-guide-to-storytelling/

BILARNI
Sat. 22 @ 7.30 pm
Totem Theatre
8 Wills Terrace, Alice Springs
$25
Book:  https://redhotarts.com.au/event/bilarni/

BILARNI
Sun. 23 @ 1.00 pm
Totem Theatre
8 Wills Terrace, Alice Springs
$25
Book: https://redhotarts.com.au/event/bilarni/

BILARNI
Thurs. 27 @ evening
Tennant Creek
Details TBC


October

FIE UPON PUSILLANIMITY!
A new show about the 1851 Monster Meeting of Gold Diggers
Sun. 7 @ Steiglitz
In the Brisbane Ranges (b/w Ballan & Geelong)
this is a Greens Fundraiser and semi-private
but if any of Jan's contacts want to come contact Jan directly.

FIE UPON PUSILLANIMITY!
A new show about the 1851 Monster Meeting of Gold Diggers
Thurs 11@ 7.30 pm
The Muddie
Malacoota
$25
Book: TBA

FIE UPON PUSILLANIMITY!
A new show about the 1851 Monster Meeting of Gold Diggers
Sat 13 @ TBC
Montreal Gold Mine
Bermagui
$TBC
Book: TBC
www.montrealgoldfield.org.au

A STORYTELLER'S GUIDE TO STORYTELLING
Workshop
Sun. 21 @ 10am
Stories of Influence
Tyers Beach Hall
1 Mill Point Rd, Toorloo Arm (near Lakes Entrance)
$60 for weekend

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Fabled Nights in Newport August 17

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.

WHEN: Friday 17 August. 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 intergenerational 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.

Digital image by Rex Smeal

RAW Garden Storytelling: September 2nd

RAW Garden Storytelling is a partnership event with Mariam Issa and the RAW Garden and Storytelling Vic. 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.

THEMES: Sometimes we have a theme but we are not strict about this and will let you know if there is something in particular we would like to explore.

We value listeners and storytellers equally and take pride in welcoming newcomers to RAW.

WHERE: 325 South Road, Brighton East
WHEN: September 2nd 12.00pm - 3.00pm
COST: Free Bookings are not necessary. Enter by the drive way gate.

*photographs supplied by Tatiana Scott