Thursday, March 31, 2011

Lee Fox: Woodend Winter Arts Festival 10-13 June

More fun with kamishibai storytelling ...

Lee Fox – young children’s author is telling stories in Woodend.

In this fun and interactive session Lee uses a Japanese kamishibai (kah-mee-she-bai) storytelling theatre to tell the tale of Ten Little Hermit Crabs. Both young and old alike will marvel at this ancient and unique form of storytelling and delight in all the surprises along the way.

Lee will also read and talk about her new picture book Ella Kazoo Will Not Go To Sleep.

Storytelling Theatre – Ten Little Hermit Crabs

Woodend Library

Saturday 11 June, 10.30 - 11.30am


Children aged 3-8 years

Woodend Winter Arts Festival Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to bringing international and Australian artists in various fields to the community of Woodend each year. 2011 is the seventh Festival and each year the committee endeavours to bring new and exciting performers to the Macedon Ranges.

Sponsored by Friends of the Macedon Ranges Libraries.

Learn more about: Woodend Winter Arts Festival

Learn more about: Lee Fox

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Bernard Caleo and kamishibai: Sergei's Pram

Storyteller, comic book maker, raconteur, editor of The Tango Collection 2009 ... Bernard Caleo is planning a series of anarchic nights of story and pictures for Readings Bookshop.

The series is called What It Is? and Bernard includes other comic book creators in lively debate and demonstration.The first What It Is? featured the mind and artwork of the amazing Michael Camilleri.

Pictured is Bernard in action telling the story of Sergei's Pram. The tale of the pram that was seen bouncing down the steps in Eisenstein's film The Battleship Potemkin.

These strong drawings, framed in the kamishibai and along with Bernard's storytelling are spellbinding.

Keep an eye on the Readings calendar of events. There is much to interest the curious mind.

The next What It Is? : June 27

Learn more about Bernard and other comic book makers in Melbourne: Cardigan Comics

Rocket Clock story slam: 2011 Trades Hall

There will be two Rocket Clock Story Slams in April, during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival!

Wednesday April 6, 2011.
Rocket Clock Story Slam: “Lesson Learnt”

We’re looking for stories of learning the hard way: when leaps of faith fall short, cunning plans backfire, and best intentions go awry. That hangover from hell. That lasting legacy. That thing you will never, ever, ever, do again.

Wednesday April 13, 2011
Rocket Clock Story Slam: “Secrets”

We’re looking for stories of secret passageways, secret shames and secret weapons. Magic ingredients. Painful confessions. Covert operations. Buried treasure. Skeletons in the closet. Don’t worry – we won’t tell anyone.

For both nights:

Pre-register your intent to tell by emailing, or register on the night. Everyone is welcome to come along and listen, laugh, drink, cheer & weep.

When and where:

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

Bar open from 8pm. Slam starts 9pm.
Free entry!

What is Rocket Clock?

Rocket Clock is a monthly story slam competition. 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.

Who is the force behind Rocket Clock?

Chloe Boulton click through and learn more about Chloe and her taste in ice cream.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ballarat Storytellers at the Annual Harvest Festival 27 March

Annual Harvest Festival

The Ballarat Storytellers invite you to celebrate the Harvest.

Wood-Fired Pizzas

Harvest Produce

Trash & Treasure

Book Stall, Plants

Music and Storytelling

Information about gardens and gardening

Fun for Everyone!

When: Sunday 27 March 11 – 4pm

Where: Cnr: Dyte Parade & Queen Street

For further details call 0417 347 395

Or visit the website at

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Australian Bush Dance meets Kamishibai: Newport Fiddle and Folk Club

Autumn is a wonderful time of year in Melbourne. The wind drops out and the heat fades. Festivals spring up in the regional towns and in the city.

At this time every year, in Newport, only 12 kilometres from the CBD, the local Fiddle and Folk Club host a classic event - the Aussie Bush Dance. The setting is an old blue stone quarry that has been carefully revegetated with indigenous plants. Now full of wildlife, wild flowers and tall eucalypts, Newport Lakes Park is a small piece of bushland nestled in suburbia.

This year over 300 people turned up for the dancing, singing, storytelling and bush ballads.

Vic Guild Storyteller, Jackie Kerin entertained the crowds with her Kamishibai (paper theatre) , made by folk club friend Ted Smith. Mounted onto the back of her bike, she was able, like the Kamishibai storytellers of old, to ride to the park and work from her portable elevated stage.

Jackie is enjoying planning her festival appearances for 2011 where she will be performing and speaking about the art of traditional oral storytelling and her work as a writer for children.

Learn more about: Jackie

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Venues, festivals and opportunities in Victoria

Interstate and overseas storytellers frequently ask us for suggestions for storytelling venues and events where they can perform or participate. While we can’t do the legwork, we have come up with a list of links for storytellers to explore. This is an evolving and ever-changing list. As we receive feedback we’ll add or subtract suggestions. You’ll find asterisks by the links that we know have been receptive to storytelling.

If you know of any other possibilities or if you discover any of the links are no longer working please let us know:


* National Gallery Victoria NGV The Gallery has two campuses in the CBD: International and Australian (The Ian Potter Centre).

* Mornington Regional Art Gallery This small and dynamic gallery supports storytelling. It’s out of town and a little difficult to get to if you don’t have a car


Museum Victoria NB there are 3 campuses: Melbourne, Scienceworks, Immigration


* State Library Victoria

* List of suburban public libraries in Melbourne

Libraries are generally near public transport. Story time for children happens throughout the metropolitan area.


* Newport Fiddle and Folk Club


Some of these are in Country towns. Hard to get to in some cases. Most spoken word seems to be poetry and Australiana. Trying to broaden tastes but some festivals are set in their ways. But have a look just for fun. Times are a changin’!

* Maldon

* Port Fairy

* Newport Folk Festival

* Yackandandah



Melbourne Writers Festival

*Williamstown Literary Festival

White Hat list of Literary Festivals This is really worth trawling! White hat also list some of the most beautiful historic homes in Melbourne and surrounds. Many of these can be used as venues.

* Midsumma Festival

Australian Festivals (list of festivals around Australia)


Gemco Situated in the Hills accessble by public transport

Trades Hall Situated in the CBD

Mechanics Institute Williamstown

The Theatrette Glen Eira


Dromkeen The home of Australian Children's Book Illustration

Newport Substation

Footscray Community Arts


**** Re-enchantment a new transmedia documentary project exploring the hidden meanings of fairy tales

Explore the enchanted forest with its six different story spaces (Red Riding Hood, Hansel & Gretel, Bluebeard, Cinderella, Rapunzel and Snow White); the Gallery where you can scroll through artists' interpretations of fairy tales and, if you like, upload your own artwork; and the Forum where you can have discussions with people from all around the world.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Julie Perrin wins the Pat Glover Award: Port Fairy Folk Festival 2011

The Pat Glover Memorial Storytelling Award has been part of the Port Fairy Folk Festival for many years. Named after a local storyteller, the aim of the award is to celebrate and preserve the art of oral storytelling. Over the years it has been won by both amateur and professional storytellers and reciters.

The event is hosted by the indefatigable Jim Haynes from NSW. Jim performs, hosts and organises a packed program of spoken word events for the Folk Festival every year.

This year the award attracted a stella lineup of tellers from the country and the city performing polished tales in verse and prose. However the judges were unanimous when it came to Julie Perrin's story, The Lost Dog is Home.

The standard of this event is ever growing and Julie did well against such old hands at the Pat Glover like Rob England, Mick Coventry and Terry Rooney.

Thankyou to Jim Haynes, to Rosemary and David Stewart who Stage Manage the Pat Glover every year, to Jamie Mckew (Festival Director) and of course to Pat, without whom there would be no award.

Julie ... the Storytelling Guild Vic are proud of you!

Learn more about Julie Perrin.

pic: Julie with Margaret (Pat's daughter) and Rob England

Monday, March 14, 2011

JB Rowley: the story of Sheherezade

Once upon a time there were two brothers who ruled Arabia and Persia. King Shahryar had his palace in Baghdad and his brother King Zaman had his palace in Samarkand. The two brothers ruled their kingdoms and lived contented lives until one day disillusionment and unhappiness entered both their lives.

Calamity first came to King Zaman when he set out on a journey to visit his brother. However, he had not gone far when he had to return to his palace for a precious gift he had forgotten to take with him. When he returned he discovered, to his horror, his wife asleep in the arms of a giant slave. Shortly after, King Shahryar discovered that, when he was away, his wife was in the habit of organising and enjoying erotic orgies with the handsome young slaves at the palace in Baghdad. Of course the faithless wives were executed and Zaman and Sharyar came to the conclusion that women were not to be trusted. Sharyar set about killing the beautiful young virgins of Baghdad and there might have been no limit to his madness had it not been for his chief minister’s daughter, the beautiful, wise and intelligent Sheherezade who became a legendary oral storyteller.

The story of Sheherezade is often in JB Rowley’s storytelling programs. High school students are enthralled by the story and, in 2009, JB told Sheherezade’s story to very receptive audiences as part of the dinner program while on a storytelling tour of the bushfire affected areas of Murrindindi shire. Out of that tour evolved the story of The Flowerdale Tattoo which won the Hope 2011 story competition at ABC POOL. Now, as a way of contributing to POOL, JB is working on a project to honour Sheherezade and her stories, starting with, of course, Sheherezade’s story.

Healing the Mind through the Power of Story: the Promise of the Narrative Paradigm

Dr Lewis Mehl-Madrona, University of Vermont

Date | 22 March 2011

Time | 1.00 – 2.00 pm

Venue | Melbourne School of Population Health,

Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie St, Carlton

ABSTRACT: A movement in psychology and medicine is arising that sees lives as stories and people as storytellers. This movement has allowed European-based psychology to connect to the world's indigenous cultures, since these cultures think in a similar vein - that lives are stories enacted in the world. In this talk, Dr. Mehl-Madrona will consider the relevance of this approach for mental health and discuss his use of this narrative paradigm with aboriginal people in Canada and the United States, comparing this approach to that of traditional elders in those cultures.

BIO: Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, PhD, is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine (US). He completed both of his residencies in family medicine and in psychiatry at the University of Vermont, where he currently resides in Brattleboro and serves as a core faculty to the Clinical Psychology Graduate Program at the Union Institute & University as well as practicing family medicine, geriatrics, and psychiatry. From his own Native American background, he has also studied extensively with traditional healers and combines knowledge from both worlds. He is the author of the Coyote trilogy (Coyote Medicine, Coyote Healing, Coyote Wisdom) about the wisdom that indigenous North American culture has to offer modern medicine, as well as Narrative Medicine and his most recent book, Healing the Mind through the Power of Story: the Promise of Narrative Psychiatry.


Contact Erminia Colucci for more information:

Anne E Stewart asks, 'So who was the first Gay in the Village?'

So who was the first Gay in the Village?

A History of colourful Daylesford

Award winning local storyteller, social historian and writer Anne E Stewart has put her research skills into gear to uncover little known facts, legendary characters and the origins of the Chillout Festival. The show explores why and when our little village became so GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender) friendly.

Highlights include photos, documents and oral histories that tell the story of our town. Anne will also feature photos and discussion behind her last contribution to Chillout, the 2010 St Dorothy of Daylesford’ float featuring the fabulous Miss Mille Minogue.

Where: The Convent Gallery Chapel

When: Saturday 12 March

Time: 3.30pm Altar Bar, Drinks available

Show: Starts 4pm

Tickets: $20

Contact: The Convent on 5348 321

pics: Dr Gwenyth Wiswould (Trentham Doctor)

Captain Moonlite (The Gay Bushranger)

Robert Lindsay (brother of Norman )

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Rocket Clock story slam: 2011 Trades Hall

Have you visited Rocket Clock yet?

Rocket Clock is a story slam competition. 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.

Chloe Boulton is the organaising force behind Rocket Clock. I asked Chloe to tell us the story behind this fabulous event.

In October 2009, I was lucky enough to be in Chicago for work (I run a children's film festival called Little Big Shots and was on my annual film finding mission) when I first saw a story slam. The experience blew me away and my most overwhelming thought was, "why isn't this happening in Melbourne?". When I got home, it was impossible to shake the idea and, though it took me almost a year to start up Rocket Clock, it was never far from my mind. I approached Bella Union about being the venue for the night, as I really like the relaxed feel of their bar and stage, and the Trades Hall building certainly has a strong tradition of storytelling and speeches. The fact that it was also close to the most delicious (hazelnut) gelati on Lygon St was purely a coincidence, I swear! My favourite thing about Rocket Clock is the variety of different people who have come along to tell stories, and the really diverse range of stories that they've told. We love funny people at Rocket Clock, but we're definitely looking for stories, not stand-up routines: something that has a consistent narrative, and a beginning, middle and end. The name Rocket Clock came to me after I was brainstorming different times and places in which people tell stories. I thought of how I loved the Rocket Clock stories on Play School when I was a kid, and liked how that name implied the element of time (as in, each storyteller only has five minutes) and also an element of movement and excitement (that you could never be too sure in which direction the stories were going to take off). It's been fantastic fun so far, and I hope it continues on for a long time.

Check EVENTS under Links on this blog for more details.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

‘TALK STORY’ CAMP Kualoa Park Camp, O‘ahu July 15- 17, 2011


The Alliance for Culture & Arts, host for the 2009 Talk Story Conference in Waikiki, presents TALK STORY CAMP 2011 in association with The City & County of Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation. Come soak up Hawaii’s stories, culture, ocean, and peoples at the private Park’s Department Kualoa Camp site.

KUALOA CAMP will be the setting for this unique story ‘get-away’, located RIGHT ON the beach of Kaneohe Bay, Windward Oahu. Kualoa Camp offers continual swimming, a spectacular views of the entire bay, the dramatic cliffs of the Koolau Mountain Range behind, and 'Chinaman's Hat’, a small island just off the coast. Large army tents will shelter participants from the occasional rain squalls which wash these magnificent cliffs rising just behind the camp area. (

AUDIENCE: The Camp intends to collect local Oahu families and mainland storytelling enthusiasts, for story mixing, informing, teaching, and sharing with each other...’talking story’! Slippers, sun-hat, swimwear & shorts are the required dress code.

PROGRAM: The Talk Story Camp will feature three workshop strands: one by local tellers, one by national 'guests’ (workshops and performances), and a strand for tales and activities especially for kids. Workshops will run two hours in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings. This allows both focused sessions and unstructured time to swim, walk, eat, talk, relax and share. This is a ‘camp’, not a ‘conference’- programming won’t fill every minute. Hula will definitely be involved.

Friday evening 7/15: settle in, opening & swaps. Saturday 7/16: Workshops (2 hrs.) morning, afternoon & evening, an evening ‘concert’ & late night ‘spooky’ swap session.

Sunday 7/17: Workshops (2 hrs.) in morning & afternoon, closing). Story Swaps through evening for those able to remain at Camp.

Oahu Tellers Committed: Drama Educator Dan Kelin II, slam poet Kealoha, and Children’s Librarian Brenda Freitas-Obregon and bubble artist Karen Force already for kids; Tongan Emil Wolfgramm will imu (traditional earth oven) the Saturday night dinner, and tell tales of the food prepared. DPR’s Drama Specialist & storyteller, Jeff Gere is producing and hosting the Camp.

Mainland Tellers Committed Lyn Ford (Ohio) gave her husband an airplane ticket to Hawaii to join this event.

WORKSHOP PROPOSALS are being accepted

Now through April 1, 2011 (see below).

BEDDING & MEALS: The camp's kitchen will provide 6 fixed menu meals (Friday dinner through Sunday lunch with an 'imu' (traditional hot stones/ground oven) cooking Saturday's dinner. Kualoa Camp has canoes, sailboats, and lifeguard. Some ‘Family Tents’ provided (to share), cots are being priced. Bring light bedding and a tent (you won't need much) if you can or ask for our help. Some ‘bunk bed dormitories’ (cheap) are in the area. Prepare for a 'camp', not a 'hotel'. Voice your concerns. There are B&B rentals in the for those who prefer such accommodations. Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate special needs and to connect guests to car-pool and room-sharing.


COSTS: TBA (should be very affordable compared to other Storytelling Conferences due to the low cost of the camp and a ‘not for-profit’ kitchen staff).


Wednesday 7/13- arrive & get settled.

Thursday 7/14- Polynesian Culture Center, poi factory dinner nearby in Waihole,

Friday 7/15- Summer Fun Kids at Story Camp (a chance to tell stories to Oahu kids)

Alternative: hike (4.5 miles, fairly easy) to Sacred Falls

Saturday 7/16 & Sunday 7/17- Story Camp

Monday 7/18- AM: Reppun kalo/taro farm & afternoon tour of North Shore, Waimea Valley, & Spooky Waialua (Lopaka Kapanui).

Tuesday 7/19 Honolulu: Mission Houses, Iolani Palace, State Art Museum, Honolulu Ghosts (Lopaka Kapanui). Night in Waikiki.

Wednesday 7/20 Honolulu: Academy of Arts, Bishop Museum, Waterfall house swim.

Neighbor Island - ‘suggestions/ directives’ for story people/events will be provided.


send to Jeff Gere by April 1. Notice of coices by April 8

1. Contact Info (include for all presenters):Name, address, website, email.

2. Type of Session: what is it? Workshop, Storytelling, Story & Arts/crafts/ Game, Drama?

3. Length of Session: 1 hour or 2 hours?

4. Title of Session:

5. Target Audience: Kids (lower el, upper el, teens), Families, Storytellers (beginner, intermediate, &/or advanced)

6. Session description (upto 75 words, sell it!)

7. Objectives: At the end of the session, participants will be able to...

8. Method (upto 400 words) How will you use the time? What will you do?

9. Technical needs? (Keep it simple. This is a Camp!)

To submit your Workshop Proposals (due April 1, notifications by April 8) please email proposals (and questions and concerns)to Camp Producer/Host/Storyteller Jeff Gere,