Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Workshops.Hearth Tales: Melbourne School of Storytellers. 16 - 18 November 2012

Hearth Tales in conjunction with Melbourne School of Storytelling presents it's first STORYTELLING Weekend WORKSHOP event.

Embodying Stories.
November 16, 6.30pm-9.30pm, November 17, 10am-4pm and Sunday November 18 10-1pm.

Lead by professional storyteller Niki Pidd. A workshop that enables you to physically explore storytelling, in a supported environment. Full of creative play and story craft. Held in the comfortable Bishop's Parlour, at Abbotsford Convent, the home of Enchanted Evening. Numbers are strictly limited to allow for more feedback to participants. You may want to begin developing or to hone your skills.

We will use traditional stories as a base for our explorations. The skills learned are applicable to telling all kinds of stories.


Hearth Tales: Enchanted Evening. 28 October 2012

Truly magical evenings of story and music.

Arrive early and explore the beautiful grounds of the Abbotsford Convent.

Enjoy some companionship and a delicious meal at Lentils As Anything.

Limited seating so Bookings advised: here 


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

McKenna The Wasp Treatment: Italo Calvino’s Marcovaldo tales at the Swiss Italian Festa. 4 November 2012


The Wasp Treatment: Italo Calvino’s Marcovaldo tales at the Swiss Italian Festa

I will be performing at the Swiss Italian Festa on 4 November in Daylesford, performing three of Italo Calvino’s exquisite Marcovaldo tales. The stories take place in a very poor industrial city in northern Italy in the early 1950s, the Italy of neo-realistic movies.

I enjoyed the Calvino stories … the gusto, vitality, bravado, spirit, passion that you brought to them, and admired the way you could also offer a certain restraint that allowed the ironic humor to prevail ... each story’s ending was nicely allowed to hang in the air, and your transitional “stage business” worked well to bridge the stories. Your show was a wonderful treat, and memorable. – Daylesford Words in Winter Festival 

“Calvino is surely among the handful of living writers that can be called, without hesitation, great … in the spinning of his simple, magical stories we are captured, delighted, informed, horrified, reprimanded and rewarded; we are afraid and we are given hope. Calvino’s only subject is the world and how we may live in it…” San Francisco Chronicle.

Daylesford-based storyteller and past president of the Swiss and Italian Festa (1995 – 2001), Anne E Stewart, will also wind her way through 20 years of of Swiss and Italian Festa history. Anne will tell of her involvement, including a visit by internationally renowned author / illustrator Tomie DePaola as well as recount some of Tomie’s classic folktales.

Sunday 4 November
2pm – 4pm


$15 (performance only)
$39 for High Tea available from midday until 4pm – includes home made scones, dainty finger sandwiches and petit fours, plus freshly brewed tea & coffee.
Bookings Essential
T: 5348 2271
Or in person at Grange Bellinzona

Grange Bellinzona
77 Main Road, Hepburn Springs
T: 5348 2271 (Grange Bellinzona)
T: 0447 697 997 (Event Information)

Rocket Clock Story Slam: “Rites of Passage", November 14, 2012

Rocket Clock Story Slam: “Rites of Passage"
Rocket Clock returns with a night of stories on the theme of "Rites of Passage". 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.

Wednesday November 14, 2012
Doors open 7.30pm; slam kicks off 8.30pm. 
$5 pre-sale (+ $2 booking fee) or $8 on the door. Book tickets now via the Bella Union website:
Bella Union
Level 1, Trades Hall
Corner of Victoria & Lygon Streets
Carlton South
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.

More info:

Jackie Kerin: Children's Week. Woodend 27 October 2012

I do enjoy travelling around and sharing the story of Phar Lap the wonder horse. 

Saturday 27 October I will be in Woodend, firstly at the Library for some storytelling and later I will wander down to the New Leaves Bookshop for book signings.

The history of Woodend is closely linked to the gold rush. Arriving in Melbourne in the 1850s, many fevered hopefuls shouldered pics and shovels and marched up Mt Alexander Rd to Diggers Rest, then through the forest to emerge at Woodend. There is much to see in the vicinity and I plan to stay overnight and spend the weekend exploring the surrounds which include Hanging Rock.

I believe Woodend supports a large horse-racing community. Come and say 'Hi'.

If you can't join me in Woodend but would like to buy a copy of Phar Lap the wonder horse, just google - he's everywhere on line. Or better still, most good book stores have him in stock, especially at this time of year. If you would like a taste of the story visit me here and I will tell you personally. 

Phar Lap is written in rhyming couplets in the ballad making tradition. This makes it easy to learn by heart. The recitation of ballads still thrives at folk festivals around Australia and the bush poets are easy to spot with broad-brimmed hats, waistcoats and beards. Although the balladeering events are dominated by blokes, there are always a few women willing to recite the odd 'pome' and I am one of those.

Woodend Library (cnr Forest and High Streets): Saturday 27 October 10,30 - 11.30 am
New Leaves Book Shop (cnr Anslow and Collier streets): 2.00 - 300 pm 

Jackie Kerin

Monday, October 8, 2012

Beth Cregan. Mentone Public Library 27 October 2012

Mentone Public Library proudly presents this October…

Storyteller and founder of the educational creative literacy program: WRITE AWAY WITH ME ...

Beth Cregan

I am the Director of ‘Write Away With Me’ - an organisation dedicated to inspiring kids (and adults) to discover their inner storyteller and creative writer!

Childhood is a time full of stories. Write away With Me offers interactive storytelling workshops where children not only share a love of language and literature, but are actively encouraged to develop their own storytelling talents! Oral storytelling engages children in a fun filled and imaginative learning experience where both the teller and the listener create something magical.

Learn more about Beth Cregan  here
Saturday 27 October 

Entry: Gold Coin Donation
Address: Rear of the Community Assistance and Information Bureau,
36 Florence Street, Mentone
Bookings Required:

Sue: 03 9583-5648


Mentone Public Library…Where Print Becomes Personable      

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Ballarat Storytellers. 23 October 2012

An Invitation to Everyone Who Loves a Good Yarn!

After six years of meeting during the day, the Ballarat Storytellers (BST) thinks it is mature enough to meet during an evening as well!
The first ever evening meeting will be held on Tuesday 23rd October at The Church Retro Cafe in Albert Street, Ballarat Central, opposite the TAFE buildings, from 7.30pm until 9pm.
Tea, coffee and cake will be available to purchase from the proprietors, who are opening especially for the event.
The Ballarat Storytellers are hoping to swell their membership which is currently free. A ‘hat’ is sometimes passed around to contribute to printing and postage costs, but that is all.
Six years ago a group of like-minded people gathered at a cafe by Lake Wendouree. The aim was to maintain the ancient art of storytelling and create an opportunity for people to develop their skills. Over the years the group has entertained a variety of audiences and had a lot of fun along the way.
Since its involvement with students from the Australian Catholic University, the BST wishes to encourage as many people as possible to enjoy listening to stories being told, not just read from books. There is a world of difference between the two activities. We would like everyone to enjoy this ancient art and dive into its refreshing waters, bathed in all the emotions it arouses and surface to see the world with different eyes.
All five of your senses will be stimulated on Tuesday 23rd October at The Church Retro Cafe so come along and be entertained or entertain! Indulge in the delicious food and drink on offer and be blown away by the decor. The proprietors will show you true Irish hospitality and we hope this will be the first of many such evenings.

135c Albert St, Ballarat Central
Come and listen to stories and maybe tell one of your own.
Hosts: Noreen and her Staff and The Ballarat Storytellers