Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Monster Meeting Gala Concert: 14 December 2012

It's a double CD, one of songs, one of story, with the launch a big story/music show - like about 25 people. It's all about how the diggers came to dig gold from the ground and dug democracy out of a government. (click on poster to enlarge)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Lyrebird! A true story. Book Launch 16 December 2012

In 2007 Jackie Kerin received the Spirit of Woodford Original Stories and Yarns Award for her tellable tale, Edith's Lyrebird. This story went on to become the text for a short film and later on, Jackie developed a more literary version for publication as a picture book. Well the book is here and you are all invited to the launch!

Launch of Lyrebird! A true story by Jackie Kerin

Newport Fiddle & Folk Club invites you to celebrate the launch of Lyrebird! A true story.

Throughout the year the Folk Club encourages musicians and storytellers, creating opportunities for collaboration and ideas to grow.

As well as the book, Jackie wrote and narrated Edith’s Lyrebird (with Malcolm McKinnon) a short film that includes archival footage by Ray Littlejohns (1930). The score was arranged and recorded by NFFC members Greg O’Leary and Michael Stewart.

Come along and see the movie, listen to some music and celebrate.

When: Sunday December 16
Time: 1.00 – 3.00pm
Where: Newport Bowls Club:  4 Market Street, Newport
Drinks at the Bar. Nibbles provided.
Signed copies available.

Lyrebird! A true story by Jackie Kerin (ill Peter Gouldthorpe pub Museum Victoria)

Friday, November 23, 2012

Bettina Nissen: Theme: Community - Creativity - Change 2012

  • Bettina Nissen, a well-loved and respected member of the Australian Storytelling community, lived with us here in Victoria for almost a decade. In that time she mentored new storytellers and visited many schools, childcare centres and libraries and performed and mcd many storytelling events. Bettina returned to her home in Queensland a while ago but we still think of her as ‘one of us’!

    Folk tales don’t beat about the bush. They have always told us about the hard times – poverty, heartbreak and injustice – and celebrate the creativity of communities to address these inequities with wry humour. Deception Bay’s Bettina Nissen will treat you to a story (they’re not just for kids) and explore the idea of folk tales in a contemporary context.

Australian Storytelling (Vic) welcomes Kerry-Anne Gaia. 2012

Kerry-Anne Gaia is an entertainer/storyteller for those who like a little magic and fairy dust.

When Kerry-Anne Gaia was born her father said she was a ‘fairy-child’ and gave her the name Kerry after the Ring of Kerry – the beautiful coastal trail that weaves through some of Irelands oldest historical sites. Anne was the name given to her by her mother and means ‘graceful’. Gaia is Italian and means ‘joy’.  Kerry-Anne says, ‘This is a true story. I am the fairy who brings joy’.

Kerry-Anne has a life-long love of stories, ‘I’ve been a storyteller all my life.’ She particularly likes traditional folk tales, some of her favourites being those from the Grimm’s anthologies. Her favourite literary story is The Wizard of OZ (Lyman Frank Baum) ‘… so clever and enchanting’.

The character of ‘Fairy Love Heart’ developed over a period of time. ‘I was nick-named ‘Fairy Anne’ and then later, as I collected love-hearts, I was ‘Love Heart’ and then came ‘Love Fairy’. So I decided to call my business ‘Love Fairies’ as I do love them and what they represent.

Kerry-Anne’s focus is entertainment with a positive message.
She specializes in children’s parties and corporate events.
Her events are designed for children 1 – 12 and as well as stories, include songs and face painting.

‘I do have other characters but that is another story...Scary Witch for Halloween spooky stories …’

You can read more about Kerry-Anne

Weribee Zoo Saturday  24 November  
Melbourne Zoo Saturday 8 December Friends of the Zoo annual picnic.

Waverley Gardens shopping Centre Wednesday 5 December 11am - 12pm Fairy love Heart Story Time and Songs finish with face painting out side Target.

Petes Ridge Festival  Kids on the Hill in the Rainbow Children's Garden 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Jackie Kerin. Mentone Public Library 8 December 2012

Mentone Public Library proudly presents … a new book about to take flight. Meet author and story-teller… Jackie Kerin

All my stories begin as spoken or told stories. For me, the story is connected to the book, like blossom to fruit.

Jackie will talk about how her tale of the first lyrebird, filmed and recorded in display, began as a spoken word piece and evolved into a book for reading. She also wrestles with the desire to share, through story, her passion and concern for the fragility and precious nature of the natural environment without being didactic.

Lyrebird! A True Story. 'Well heavens to betsy! You're no ordinary chook!'

When: 11.00 am Saturday, 8 December
Where: Mentone Public Library Rear of the Community Assistance and Information Bureau,
36 Florence Street, Mentone.
Entry: gold coin donation.
Bookings: essential as places are limited.  
‪Ms. Sue Blackford   Secretary     9583 5648 
‪Ms. Julia Reichstein   Publicity

Complimentary Tea, Coffee, Biscuits and Good Company. Signed copies available.

Mentone Public Library: Where Print Becomes Personable

A Non-profit Organisation
Lyrebird! A True Story by Jackie Kerin (illustrated by Peter Gouldthorpe and published by Museum Victoria)

Friday, November 16, 2012

Julie Perrin: Co-Creative Communities 2012

Finding co creatives…
When I told a friend I was going to a gathering at ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) called “Co-Creative Communities – Storytelling futures for community arts and media” she said, “Be careful what you wish for, they won’t mean the same thing by storytelling that you do!”  There are ways in which she was perfectly right, but there were other discoveries of good people doing beautiful work that I was really happy to meet.
Let me give you a glimpse of who was there, this is a happenstance guide, not a thorough report, and it starts with who I sat next to. First I met Phil Heuzenroeder from Wildatheart a community arts project in North Melbourne Phil was an astute and observant companion through the sessions.  I also bumped into my colleague Mark Silver there, he has done sustained projects in teaching secondary school students to gather stories from older people and document them on video – PADSIP – Positive Ageing and Digital storytelling.

From the main stage (which is really just a pocket of space under the cinema screen) Mimi Pickering spoke. She works in community radio in the Appalachian mountains in the USA and told a story that resonated through the day. She said the station realized their biggest audience was in a nearby prison. When the phone company hiked up the call costs into the prison, the station started an evening program where people could ring in with messages for their relatives inside. Mimi said it changed the way the listening community on the outside began to think of those on the inside.

Sam Gregory from Witness was also impressive, ‘Cameras for everywhere’ using video for human rights He was spare in words and strong on content.

More locally, Cath Dwyer from ABC Open has 45 producers in regional Australia facilitating storytelling via text, video, audio and photography. It made me glad to see such a thoughtful, insightful person at the head of this big story gathering enterprise. Cath remarked that ABC Open is a moderated, safe space for a certain kind of Australian story, and a distribution network. You can find out about classes, they have a monthly 500-word story invitation. This month the theme is “Someone who formed you” December is “Family Rituals”.
That’s all for now, more soon!
Other impressive presentations at ACMI were the sharp edged Carl Kuddell of Change Media (SA based) on working outside the comfort zone, “unless there’s a moment when I am embarrassed, it is not a good workshop”. He showed a video of indigenous responses to the dominant cultural ‘frame’ that was full of hilarious and serious takes of people interacting with an empty picture frame. I got to speak with Change Media’s Creative Director, Jennifer Lyons-Reid and she had a fine attentive intelligence that I really warmed to. My friend Richard Leigh from Campfire films was also really impressed by Carl's work, he was certainly a standout.

Indu Balachandran from Sydney’s Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE) was memorable, as was a glimpse of one of the programs they’d made on African parenting. Lachlan Macdowall from Victorian College of the Arts, Community Cultural Development had some useful observations about Evaluation in the Arts.
There were organisations with names like Feral Arts and Big hArt  – Scott Rankin began with virtually the only words spoken during the day about oral exchange. He evoked beautifully the membranes in the ear and the throat, and the exhalation of breath, the vibrations of sound which arise out of our craving for meaning. It seems he set off the oral storytellers at that point, both myself and the delightful Fadzai of StillWaters Storytelling Collective were hands up with comments.
I offered a quote from Ursula Le Guin about breath and story, it was picked up in the closing comments. Even though oral storytelling seems to sit at the edge of a lot of the new media, I think we can call people back into their bodies and the face-to-face power of story. Meanwhile I met an extraordinary array of “co creators” at this event – story making in its many many forms.

Julie Perrin
November 12, 2012