Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Under the Banyan Tree: Victorian tellers head north

The Darwin Festival 12 - 29 August 2010.

A great line up of Storytellers from around Australia and overseas are heading north to tell stories at the Darwin Festival and surrounds.

The Under the Banyan Tree Storytelling Gathering will be held as part of the Festival from the 12 -15 of August.

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Anne E Stewart ... beating the drum (director of the Darwin Storytelling Festival)
Anne's focus is on multi-cultural storytelling, and stories shared between cultures. Along with traditional anglo-celtic stories of Australia's history (for example, the history of Victorian gold fields), Anne also has knowledge and cultural permission to pass on many Indigenous Australian stories.
Anne also brings stories from further across the globe, including Ireland, Africa, Italy, China, Japan, and East Timor.

Mary Lou Keaney, another Vic teller with connections to the Northern Territory, is known as one of the oldest fairies in the business and one of the most memorable. Having cut her storytelling teeth on pre-school story-times in the Darwin Library, she was ready to take on Melbourne’s first fairy Shop, Wonderwings. She has gone on to create Fairy Lou who is always ready with her wand, wishes and stardust and a fabulous and engaging collection of stories for everyone.


NSW STATE CONFERENCE & AGM Weaving Stories Together'

JULY 23 (Friday evening) Saturday 24 & Sunday 25.

Venue: St. Joseph's Centre 64 MacKillop Drive Baulkham Hills. Sydney, NSW

Workshops and presenter’s details are now up on the website

Early bird rates - $300 for members and $350 for non members.

Early bird closes July 4th Registration forms, and full conference details on our website.

Conference enquiries: Ph (02)9894 7489 or 0415 430 485

ACCOMMODATION at ST JOSEPHS is separate from conference fee.

You are requested to make your own bookings. Ring Christine Klaricich

(02) 9634.2317 Ext 2505 or email

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Words In Winter August 15

August 15

The Ballarat Storytellers (BST) and the the Storytelling Guild Victoria are hosting lunch and you are invited to joins us at the table. BYO story and wine.

This get-together is part of the the Daylesford Words in Winter Celebrations. The full program is available on line For lovers of words, quality discussion and debate this is a celebration worth rugging up for.

The Ballarat Storytellers have gone from strength to strength. Meeting regularly at the Known World Bookshop, they work hard supporting each other and offering stories at events in and around Ballarat. This is their first appearance at W in W. I look forward to lunching with stories and into the future.

Please book a seat at the table as we will need to know numbers. (click on poster to enlarge). See you there ....

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Kutcha Edwards - yuyukatha (Mutti Mutti - to dream)

25 June - 23 July

A moving performance of music and storytelling.

yuyukatha is a musical and story-telling performance that takes you on a cultural journey. In the great Aboriginal tradition, Kutcha Edwards tells his incredible life’s journey through a series of songs & stories - some funny, others heart rending. Kutcha shares his experience of the stolen generations as seen through the eyes of someone taken from the banks of the Murrumbidgee River as a young child. His music touches the soul and through his humour and insights we realize that with recognition of the true Aboriginal history, there can be can be hope of reconciliation.

The Band: Andrew McSweeney.Tonchi McIntosh.

photo:Nathan Miller & Mark Ferrie

Date VenueLocation
25th Jun, 2010 Plenty Ranges Arts & Convention Centre35 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang
26th Jun, 2010 Wyndham Cultural Centre177 Watton St, Werribee
1st Jul, 2010 Kingston Arts Centre979 Nepean Hwy, Moora
2nd Jul, 2010 Williamstown Mechanics Institute5 Electra St, Williamstown
3rd Jul, 2010 Williamstown Mechanics Institute5 Electra St, Williamstown
6th Jul, 2010 Wesley Performing Arts CentreCnr Roberts Ave & Urquhart Streets, Horsham
7th Jul, 2010 Swan Hill Performing Arts Centre76 Bendigo Rd, Swan Hill
8th Jul, 2010 Mildura Arts Centre199 Cureton Ave, Mildura
13th Jul, 2010 The Paramount392 High Street, Echuca
14th Jul, 2010 Tallarook Mechanics InstituteMain Road, Tallarook
16th Jul, 2010 Burrinja351 Glenfern Rd, Upwey
17th Jul, 2010 Healesville Memorial Hall235-237 Maroondah Highway, Healesville
21st Jul, 2010 Latrobe Performing Arts CentreCnr Breed and Grey Streets, Traralgon
22nd Jul, 2010 Doncaster Playhouse679 Doncaster Road, Doncaster
23rd Jul, 2010 Kyneton Town Hall129 Mollison St, Kyneton
Presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria and Regional Arts Victoria and proudly supported by the Sidney Myer Fund.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Storytelling for Children Saturday 3 July


The Newport Folk Festival has a program of events for children that includes pavement drawing, face painting and of course the good old-fashioned Bush Dance and Storytelling

1. STORYTIME - Jackie and Dharma will be telling stories and singing songs for preschoolers and primary school-age children.Jackie is a professional storyteller and a member of the Storytelling Guild of Victoria. Dharma is the imagination behind Everlasting Books - a specialist children's bookshop at 238 Somerville Rd Kingsville.

Newport Library Mason Street. 3 July 10.30 - 11.15

2. BUSH DANCE - lots of dance tunes and experienced callers - don't worry if you don't already know the dances, we will show you. Entry by gold coin donation. No alcohol please.

Senior Citizens Centre. Sat 3 July Senior Citizens Hall Mason Street Newport 4.00 - 6.00

WORDS WORDS WORDS. Newport Folk Festival July 2 -4

Newport Bowling Club 11.45 - 2.00. Market Street Newport.

The Newport Fiddle and Folk Club put on a party once a year for the people of Newport and beyond. Club members and friends throw their energies into organising a three day program of concerts, workshops, lunches, dinners and brunches. With the support of the Storytelling Guild of Victoria and Club volunteers, the spoken word event that we call WORDS WORDS WORDS is now in its second year. Our aim is to invite as many readers, writers, reciters and storytellers to the mic that we can within two hours over a delicious lunch - a celebration of language and stories. This year we will have haiku, folk tale, Henry Lawson and Ada Cambridge. Bush poets, urban poets and more. For more information on the Festival Program visit the Folk Club website.

No bookings required. Lunch includes vegetarian options. Hope to see you there!
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