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

More about FEAST

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

Thursday, February 7, 2019

BASA - A Celebration of Filipino Children's Stories

Anna Manuel is a volunteer on the Storytelling Australia Victoria committee, a bilingual storyteller and passionate advocate of Kamishibai storytelling.

 Know more about the Philippines! Share with your children the beauty and creativity of things Filipino.

"BASA" means "to read." Stories connect human beings and cultures.

This FIRST in a series of storytelling events catered to children of Filipino parents and the diverse communities in Melbourne, aims to BRING STORIES from the Philippines, ENGAGE FAMILIES in a culture of reading bilingual stories, and INVITE PEOPLE from different cultural backgrounds to host a similar event in the future.

Hosted by international children's storyteller, writer, and reading advocate Anna Manuel, get ready to engage in stories, games, and arts from the Philippines!

Gold coin donations accepted.

BIG THANKS to Brimbank Filipino Playgroup for co-hosting!
BIG THANKS to Adarna Group Foundation Inc for donating books for telling and browsing!

Children's books will be sold at the event.

Although this session program is designed for kids 5 and below, older kids are welcome to participate! There will be books for browsing as well.

Please share with your friends and families!

Learn more about Heads and Tales Storytelling and Anna Manuel

WHEN: Tuesday February 12
WHERE: Sassella Park 119 Station Road, Deer Park (behind the tennis courts)
TIME: 11.00 am - 12.00 pm

Monday, February 4, 2019

World Storytelling Day for Adults 2019

Our favourite time of year is inching closer; that time when people gather in galleries, libraries, theatres, homes and gardens ... and share stories in the language of their choice to groups young and old, large and small.

Storytelling Australia Victoria is hosting is 5th consecutive World Storytelling Day with the 2019 theme of myths, legends and epics.

Once again, we are back in the beautiful performance space in the Library @The Dock.

This year there will be eight Storytelling Australia Vic members stepping into the light and we have two special guests from overseas who have recorded stories for us. David Novak from the US is a veteran of the Sydney International Storytelling Conference and Kamini Ramachandran from Singapore, director of MoonShadow Stories and the Storytelling Centre Ltd and creative producer of StoryFest: International Storytelling Festival.

As well at the show, we will have displays of books and resources related to oral storytelling traditions.

We acknowledge the work our volunteers contribute to creating our events: Durgah Devi Palanisamy is the director of WSD for Adults and her team this year is Anna Manuel and Jackie Kerin.

We're excited!

*NOTE this is an adult storytelling gathering. We do have a WSD show for children on earlier in the day in The Dock Activity Space. Details to come.

WHEN: March 23
TIME: 2.00 pm - 4.30
WHERE: Library @The Dock Performance Space

*Pictured Dave Davies in full flight at WSD 2018. Photo credit: Anthony Cheung.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

SAV events coming up in 2019

Out with the diaries folks, events for 2019 are in planning and we have dates and details. If you need to check, we have a calendar on the HOME page of our website. You can also follow events on Facebook.

Storytelling Sunday at the RAW Garden 
Martin Jefferd photo: Tatiana Scott
Come join us, and UK storyteller Martin Jefferd, at the RAW Garden on Sunday, 3 February. Treat yourself to an afternoon of stories, food and great company.

Martin is like the birds, he flies to Australia for the summer, all the way from Bristol. He brings with him news of our storytelling friends and colleagues in the UK.

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) and Daniela Bücheler-Scott (Dani) from Storytelling Vic are our hosts. Dee and Dani will have a mix of special guests and story games and there is always a space for friends to tell a tale.

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

*Storytelling Sunday at the RAW Garden will continue through to November on the the first Sunday of the month.

WHERE: RAW Garden 325 South Road Brighton
WHEN: Sunday February 3
TIME: 12.00 pm
COST: $15

Enter by the drive way gate.

*Photo credit Tatiana Scott 

Fabled Nights in Newport

Fabled Nights 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.

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

* 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.
*Fabled Nights will continue on the 3rd friday of the month through to Novemeber with the exception of April (Easter).

*Image kindly gifted to us by Rex Smeal

Monday, January 7, 2019


 Notice is hereby given of the Annual General Meeting of Storytelling Australia Victoria

WHERE: Library At The Dock - Performance Space 
TIME: 2pm
  • Acknowledgement
  • Apologies and Attendance
  • Minutes of previous AGM tabled 
  • Tabling of Presidents and Treasurers Reports
  • Election of Office Bearers
  • Winding up of organisation if no new office bearers
  • Any other business
As previously advised, we, Jackie Kerin (SAV President) and Kate Lawrence (SAV Vice-President), supported by the committee, have been at the helm of Storytelling Australia Victoria for over 4 years now and feel we have served well in our roles as president and vice president.

But the time is coming for us to step aside and encourage a new team to steer the ship.

At the 2019 AGM on 10th February at The Library at The Dock Performance Space, neither of us will nominate for our roles.

With respect to the succession process, we are letting you know well in advance to give those of you interested, time to consider nominating.

If you want more information about the roles please do not hesitate to contact either or both of us – Kate 0402 080 445 or Jackie 0412 210 098.

If you are interested in taking on either of these role, or joining the committee, it would help us enormously if you could let us know as soon as you decide.

Kate and I are happy to be around to hand the roles over to a new team who can take the organisation to the next chapter and we will remain available as support and a resource for the next committee.
*If you would like a proxy form to vote by proxy, please contact us via our email: storytellingvic@live.com.au
Subject heading: Proxy forms

If you have any questions or wish to send an apology or would like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us on the Storytelling Vic email. Subject: AGM.

We have booked the Performance Space at the Dock until 5.00pm. We will have access to lights, projector and screen. You are invited  to make the most of this opportunity to:
  • Rehearse the story you will be telling on World Storytelling Day
  • Share your current storytelling passion or project
  • Air your dreams and wishes for 2019
  • Teach us new story games
  • Anything 10 minutes and story related
Let’s make the most of it: think power point, PechaKucha BUT most of all think 10 minutes.
We'll play it by ear on the day but if you need to use technology please email and let us know and plan arrive at 1.30 so we can plug you in.
Following the AGM and Play Day we will go trawling Docklands for a place to eat and continue the fun.