Saturday, February 18, 2017

KATE LAWRENCE: Footy Dreams and Story Wise News

As a life member of the Victorian Women’s Football League, twenty years dreaming and waiting, brought tears of joy as I watched the AFL Women’s comp kick off.  Seeing women play footy brought back many memories, and I know I have stories to birth from my nearly ten years playing, coaching or developing women's football.  For now I will settle for contemplating, via a photo, just who is that stranger in my body and a St Kilda jumper?   (Yes, I am in the photo above!)

The kids are back at school and I have time to work. Actually, for the first time in 13 years, it’s just one kid back at school. (Big changes at home this year, my eldest son heads off to university and my 15 year old daughter is in France for ten months).

I am sitting at a desk, newly nestled into the corner of my bedroom, a clear and clean place to get me back into a writing routine.  So far so good, here I am.

As always the start of a new year brings a new era, a clean slate full of possibilities. I’m aiming to haul myself back from the burning hot vortex that is the internet much more often, and be with myself, my words and stories, and the folks who want to work with me, tell stories, listen and read. 

Story Wise (trying to separate myself from the business, conceptually at least), has lots on offer this year.  Storytelling nights begin next month and the dates and themes are up on the website. The theme for March is Chance(s).
  • StoryWise Women, begins on March 7th and continues on the first Tuesday of the month at Long Play in St George Road, Fitzroy North. 
  • StoryWise Woodend begins on March 3rd and continues on the first Friday of the month at Holgates Hotel, High Street, Woodend. And the podcast of the best stories told in Woodend over the last 18 months, is on its second season and continues to grow listeners.  Subscribe in Itunes 
  • I will be running a  public online storytelling workshop!  It will be run over two 90 minute sessions on March 14 and 28th, 9.30 – 11am and limited to ten participants.  The first session is lots of learning about story and exploring possible stories to tell.  Then we shift into choosing a story and shaping it. In between the session participants pair up to practice their stories.   It is $75.
 I am heading off to Santa Fe for the first two weeks of April, (to work with a story and story business coach), but storytelling nights will continue with gracious stand in hosts.  I have new coaching packages, more paid story coaching clients, and getting closer to bigger, longer group workshops (I dream often about running a story retreat).  More to come after Santa Fe.

Thanks for sharing with us Kate. Enjoy your time in Santa Fe (ed)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Anne E Stewart: "So who was the first gay in the village."

Back by popular demand, local storyteller Anne E Stewart tells the history of gay friendly Daylesford; using words and images Anne tells a moving, funny and poignant story of the history Daylesford.

WHEN: Saturday 11 March
TIMES: 3-4.30pm & 6pm - 7:30pm

WHEN: Sunday 12 March
TIMES: 3pm - 4:30pm

WHERE: The Story House: 52 Millar Street, Daylesford

This show is part of the ChillOut Festival.

Visit The Story House created by Anne and her sister Jane and explore the rich program on offer. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

RAW Garden Storytelling: Be Bold for Change. 5 March 2017

This month we are celebrating International Women's Day. Although IWD is marked on March 8, we cannot let this special time of the year pass us by. 

The theme is BE BOLD FOR CHANGE. Bring along your tales, true, tall story, myth or fairy tale, that celebrate women and boldness. Durgah Devi Palanisamy (Dee) from Storytelling Vic will be hosting.

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.

WHERE: 325 South Road Brighton East
WHEN: 5 March 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.
* The image above is a compilation of portraits taken by Tatiana Scott at the RAW Garden 


And if you missed the first RAW Garden Storytelling in February, it was a treat. As well as the excitement of re-connecting with old friends, missed over the summer break, we had the pleasure of welcoming new faces into the garden. Although a friend of Storytelling Vic for many years now, our UK visitor, Martin Jefferd, had not experienced RAW hospitality before. Based in Bristol, and a keen storyteller,  Martin was on fire!

Finnuala (right) treated us to another extraordinary tale. This time about a family pet tortoise who survived a dog attack, was repaired with latex, and lived to ruled the roost!

And we are all loving the new RAW kitchen. One thing we have learned over time is how people bond in a kitchen. Come and join us.

 Thanks again to Tatiana Scott for the photos.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Kim Billington: Therapeutic Storytelling: Melbourne 7 April 2017

This is a workshop for: 
Psychologists, school counsellors, social workers, counsellors, case workers, child and family counsellors, psychotherapists, pastoral workers, other allied health professionals and students of these disciplines. Provisional psychologists can attend at student rates.

Learn how the ancient art of storytelling can help to understand and tolerate the stresses of life. Experience first-hand a method to enrich therapeutic relationships and create opportunities to explore the effects of trauma and loss. Stories contain hidden messages about possible ways of overcoming adversity. Stories use metaphors that can change the way we see ourselves and our world. They help to connect us to each other and help in finding meaning and hope.  Storytelling encompasses both external therapeutic input and child-directed healing.

Rather than a day of power points, this workshop will be interactive and practical with ample demonstrations and with brief exercises to develop skills. The developmental appropriateness, value and efficacy of storytelling in therapy will be explored. You will have a chance to consider why storytelling works, how to introduce and incorporate storytelling in counselling, gain a resource of sample stories as well as ideas of where to look for suitable stories for therapy.

Included in the day will be discussion of your own experiences in hearing stories told and how particular stories address common experiences such as: fear of failure, loss of control, loss of happiness, facing evil, seeing that bad things happen, longing for peace and resolution, finding helpers along the way and discovering hope.

Facilitator, Kim Billington has a Masters in Counselling, Masters in Narrative Therapy and Community Work.

Click HERE to view flyer
For more information on Kim, the workshop, location, registration etc visit the WEBSITE.

 Thank you for sharing with us Kim. (blog ed)

Thursday, January 12, 2017

A preview of things to come ...

OK story lovers, its time to flip open the diaries and pencil in some dates for 2017.

Whether you like to tell stories or prefer to listen, we have two monthly events from February through to November where you will be welcome. We'll also be adding some special events and workshops but these are still to be finalised. If you haven't done it already, subscribe to this blog, and/or follow us on Facebook, and you'll get all the news. Become a member and enjoy a few member perks and support the growth of the organisation. In the meantime here is a preview of things to come...

Fabled Nights in Newport
Roslyn Quin, Miles Kharnam and David Demant at Fabled Nights, Nov 2016
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.

* World Storytelling Day is in March and the theme is 'Transformation' you might like to come along in Feb and practice a story 6 - 8 minutes for our celebration in Geelong at the Dome. (Details below)

WHEN: 3rd Friday of the month (First Fabled Night is February 17)
TIME: 7.30 - 10.00 pm
WHERE: Newport Community HUB 13 Mason street Newport (short walk from Newport Station).
COST: $5.00 or  $3.00 members

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

RAW Garden Storytelling (Fabled Afternoons)
Dee introducing the Raw Garden to the story behind Diwali
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. This year Durgah Devi Palanisamy (Dee) from Storytelling Vic will be hosting. Dee will have a mix of special guests and story games and there is always a space for friends to tell a tale.

WHEN: 1st Sunday of the month (First Fabled Afternoon is February 5)
TIME: 12.00 - 2.00 pm
WHERE: 325 South Road, Brighton East (short walk from Moorabbin Station)
COST: $15.00 or  $10.00 members

World Storytelling Day: theme Transformation
WSD logo created by Mats Rhenman
World Storytelling Day is a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling. Its a time when people gather to tell stories and listen to stories in as many languages and in as many places as possible.

Come along and celebrate with us, bring ears to listen or a story to share (8 mins max). There will be stories for all ages.

This event has been organised for us and will be hosted by Storytelling Vic member Susan Hall

WHEN: Sunday 19 March
TIME: 2.00 - 4.00 pm
WHERE: The Dome  (Geelong Library and Heritage Centre)
51 Little Mallop Street, Geelong.
*The Dome is a short walk from the Geelong Station: timetables HERE

And of course in addition to our events, our members are also busy creating opportunities for you to gather. As these come to hand, we look forward to sharing them with you.

OK ... pencils down. You can now pour yourselves a cuppa and start thinking about the stories you would like to share in 2017: folk, fairy, personal, tall story, Aussie yarn... we're all ears!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Best wishes from Storytelling Australia Victoria

2016 has been a year of creativity: shows, podcasts, concerts, slams but most especially informal gatherings around fires, food and stories.

Many thanks to the team who gather every month via teleconference to grease the wheels and attend to the nuts and bolts that keep a not for profit organisation like ours afloat.

This year we managed to create two monthly events where you can tell stories, listen and most importantly practice the art of storytelling, whether your passion be for traditional folk and fairy tale, tall stories and yarns or true personal storytelling. Fabled Nights in Newport and Fabled Afternoons in The Raw Garden in East Brighton will resume in February 2017 and continue to November. We'll keep you posted.

In partnership with  Mariam Issa and the RAW Garden we celebrated some special days: World Storytelling Day, International Women's Day and Diwali.
Diwali in the RAW Garden
With the Newport Fiddle and Folk Club and Hobsons Bay Libraries supporting us, we have moved into the new Community HUB and now have a venue with a beautiful kitchen and (soon) some lights and little fancy technology! To be explored more fully in the New Year.

Thank you to the storytellers who list themselves on our website and promote their adventures via our blog and Facebook. The interest in the work of our members ranges from educational, shows and applied storytelling (therapeutic, story catching with the elderly).

And to the Groups who publicise themselves on our website - we are grateful as these show a breadth of interest and possibilities for folks checking in from the outside.

Thank you to Matt McArthur and Kate Lawrence who are recording storytellers at our events for future podcasting.

And thanks to Alex and Miles Kharnam who film and take photos for storytellers. Storytellers wishing to apply for festivals and conferences and who need pics in action for the websites, have all benefited from their contribution.
Alex and Miles: Fabled Nights in Newport
Hugs to Roslyn Quin who has hosted two events in the stunning Eltham Library, Susan Hall, our gal in Geelong and Teena Hartnett who organised our end of year boat trip up the Maribyrnong. And ALL of you who have rocked up to planning days, helped with the dishes, setting up and putting away.
Our trip up the Maribyrnong
Looking forward to seeing what we can come up with in 2017. If you have ideas and dreams for Storytelling Vic, become a member and join in the shenanigans. And if you have a little energy to spare, we are always all ears!!!

So on behalf of the committee: Kate Lawrence, Teena Hartnett, Louisa John Krol, Roslyn Quin, Katherine Phelps and Ronda Gault, wishing you all a safe festive season.

Time to crack open the champagne!

Jackie Kerin (blog, Facebook and president)

Niki na Meadhra: Fair and Furious: The Women of the Táin February 2017

Devised and performed by Niki na Meadhra, for all ages. 
Photo: Caveboy Studios

WHEN: Friday 24 February @ 8.00pm and 25 Saturday @ 3.00pm
WHERE: The Celtic Club, Brian Boru Room, 320 Queen Street Melbourne
COST: $30 (full price), $20.00 (concession), $15 school children

Some academics have declared The Táin misogynistic in its treatment of female characters, but having spent time with them, as a storyteller, I can't agree - unless my only measure of women is to characterise them as whores or virgins. To me, these women and goddesses are sexually bold, potent, complex and vivid.  Niki na Meadhra

Niki is a highly experienced performer. Her family connections tie her to Ireland and she loves its mythologies, and communicates its mythology and cosmology with infectious joy.

Learn more about Niki: HERE
Follow her on Facebook: HERE