Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Anne E Stewart: Q'ld State Library October 15

Anne E Stewart is preparing to head north again.

This time she will be working at the State Library of Queensland

Storytelling Workshop with Anne E Stewart

Friday 15th October 2010

10.00am – 1.00pm

When Anne E Stewart started telling stories over 30 years ago it was all about developing a love of language and literature in young readers. But over the years she came to realise that storytelling caters to all ages and is an important tool for sharing cultural understanding, reflecting issues of social justice and supporting the unique makeup of various Australian communities.

In this workshop Anne will talk about these aspects while providing practical advice on developing programs for libraries. She will tell of the knowledge she has garnered working with indigenous stories and offer protocols she has developed over many years. The basics of storytelling will be explained and supported by an exploration of various libraries and their unique resources and clientele.

Anne is passionate and enthusiastic about her work and will inspire participants to develop their own storytelling skills and programs.

“Not a clever sharing of the mind alone, but rather a sharing of heart and spirit” Ruth Sawyer The Way of the Storyteller

Anne will also be part of the State Library of Queensland – Stories in the Parkland marquee at the Queensland Multicultural Festival, Sunday 17th October 2010, Roma Street Parkland.

When - Friday 15th October, 2010

Where - The Studio, Level 1 - State Library of Queensland

Time - 10.00am – 1.00pm (the workshop will be followed by lunch)

Cost - Free

RSVP to Lyn Thompson by the 8th October 2010.


Ph: 07 3842 9979

Kamishibai : Storytelling

Chris Downes, Sarah Howell, Ben Hutchings, Jo Waite,
and Bernard Caleo.

To learn more about these comic artists http://www.cardigancomics.com/

These guys are enriching our ideas about storytelling by combining spoken tales with comic art in the style of the Japanese kamishibai storytellers. Last night was the launch of their show. Kids in Berlin was packed with a crowd of storytelling and comic art enthusiasts. Hopefully these pics will tempt you to visit the exhibition or better still the performances ( check dates below).

At: Kids in Berlin, 472 Victoria Street, North

Exhibition: from Tuesday 28 September until Sunday 10 October (yes it goes past the Fringe dates)

Opening night: Tuesday 28 September, 6 - 8pm

Performances: Tuesdays 28 September, 5 October, 12 October, 6 - 8pm


Bernard Caleo in full flight

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Kamishibai : Storytelling

click to enlarge pic

In the 1930s in Tokyo, there was a form of storytelling - kamishibai - wherein the storyteller would cycle through the streets, park their bike, kick out the stand, sell lollies to the gathering crowd of kids, then narrate the story depicted by a series of pictures, revealed one after another, framed by a wooden theatre mounted on the rack of the bike.

This year, for their 4th Melbourne Fringe comics exhibition, Jo Waite and Bernard Caleo present

'Paper Theatre' original kamishibai stories by
Chris Downes, Sarah Howell, Ben Hutchings and Jo Waite,

with Bernard Caleo performing the stories live on the Tuesday nights of the season.

At: Kids in Berlin, 472 Victoria Street, North Melbourne

Exhibition: from Tuesday 28 September until Sunday 10 October (yes it goes past the Fringe dates)

Opening night: Tuesday 28 September, 6 - 8pm

Performances: Tuesdays 28 September, 5 October, 12 October, 6 - 8pm


Julie Perrin: Restoring the world, re-storying the world

Celebrating Story Conference: Bringing People and Work to Life

“Restoring the world, re-storying the world”

Eco-philosopher David Abrams says “in order to re-store the world we need to re-story the world”. In this participatory workshop people will be encouraged practice telling a story from memory. Julie offers ways into waking up the underused muscle of memory and a place to practice listening and telling.

See and hear examples of bi-lingual storytelling offering students traditional stories in their first language. Observe a short video of student storytellers confidently taking the lead.

Julie has been telling stories for 20 years. She says “I tell hardy folktales, holy fool tales and tales of human folly... mostly my own!” Julie offers storytelling performances and workshops for adults as well as residencies in schools. She helps establish a community of listening and teaches people to select and tell stories from their own experience as well as to re-tell traditional tales. Recently Julie has been working with Bi-lingual storytellers from the City of Hume in projects with student storytellers. Julie began her working life as a teacher of drama and English, her M.Ed thesis the Tale of One Teller was nominated for the Freda Cohen prize at Melbourne University. Julie now directs Tellingwords and her mission is to re-awaken people to the joy of telling stories from memory. www.tellingwords.com.au

This conference is for you if you are:

A story or narrative practitioner in any guise.

Interested in learning more about the many and diverse ways of working with story and narrative across business, community and government

Seeking new (or old) ways to help bring meaningful connection, relationship and work to fruition within the workplace and beyond.

7-8 October 2010 Abbotsford Convent.


Thursday, September 9, 2010

JJ Retailer of Tales: Telling stories for Channel 31

John Sheills... later celebrated as JJ, was first captivated by puppetry’s magic and the thrall of stories well told, as a boy in Orbost. JJ has been variously involved in education and the performing arts for over 25 years.

JJ welcomes opportunities to dispel the popular notion that storytelling is just for kids. He offers stories for community events anniversaries, senior citizen functions, restaurants, exhibition openings, book launches …wherever.

JJ’s mission is to bestir the collective sense of wonder in keeping the stuff of story alive by sharing his stories with all who love to hear a story well told.

Here he is in action telling stories to children as part of Channel 31’s new Storytime program. JJ is part of the team of Vic Guild tellers who participated in supporting Bret Dalgleish’s vision of a program for preschool age children.

Storytime is scheduled to air sometime in November (dates to be revealed) and then, and in JJ’s words … ‘Stories will blow across borders …settle quietly …take root…and flower.’

Bookings: (03) 5968 2492

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Rocket Clock: Time to Tell. October 6 Trades Hall

Rocket Clock Story Slam: Wednesday October 6, 2010

Bella Union Bar
Level 1, Trades Hall
Corner of Victoria & Lygon Streets
Carlton South

Free entry. Doors open 7.30pm; slam kicks off 8pm.


Inaugural theme: “Firsts”

Ten people each have five minutes to tell a story around a particular theme. Judges in the audience rate each story on both content and performance. Everyone has a great time.

1. Check out the Rocket Clock theme of the month. Plan your story. Write it down. Read it to your cat. Think about your first line and your last line. Don’t neglect the bits in the middle. Try it out on your cat again.

2. Pre-register your intent to tell by emailing rocketclockss@gmail.com, or register on the night. Gather a support crew. Arrange a babysitter for your cat.

3. Make yourself known to the Rocket Clock crew on the night. Await your turn patiently. Dazzle the generous crowd. Win great prizes.


Come along and let us know you’re keen to judge. Score the tellers out of ten. Be open to liquid bribes.


Listen, laugh, drink, cheer & weep. No interrupting. No heckling

The fine print

Rocket Clock is a place for stories. True stories. Personal narratives. Stuff that really happened to you. Sure, we won’t be fact checking every detail, and some poetic licence is welcome, but that one about the time you had to defeat your new girlfriend’s seven evil exes is not your story. It’s Scott Pilgrim’s.

Rocket Clock is not a place for preaching, venting, ranting or selling. It’s a place for sharing, and for celebrating the art and craft of storytelling. Humour is encouraged, but don’t see this as an opportunity to hone your new stand-up routine. It’s not.

Rocket Clock is about telling not reading. No notes allowed. It’s a good idea to write your story down and then practice reading it aloud. Multiple times. In the car, in the shower, at Sunday lunch. Practice makes perfect. Your mum always said so. She was right.

Each teller will have five minutes to share their story. Five minutes only. There will be a warning bell with one minute to go. You may be forcibly removed from the stage by the MC if you attempt to exceed the five minute limit. You have been warned.


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