Thursday, July 18, 2013

Enchanted Evening: Taking Flight - Stories of Winged Creatures 28 July 2013

Enchanted Evening: Taking Flight - Stories of Winged Creatures. Sunday July 28

Hosted by: Niki na Meadhra
Guest storyteller: Jude Murphy
Musician: Joanne Saunders

This will be our 5th Enchanted Evening for 2013 and our twelfth night of traditional stories in the Bishop's Parlour, at Abbotsford Convent.

Enchanted Evening takes place on the fourth Sunday of the month, in the Bishop's Parlour, throughout the year. Hosted by Niki na Meadhra, accompanied by a guest storyteller and musician, we invite you into a magical night of vivid traditional tales from around the world.

What a venue! If the walls could speak...the stories they could tell!

A tasty supper will be provided at the event. The Bishop's Parlour is an intimate venue, so seating is limited. Our shows often sell out quickly, so book soon! 
Tickets: $29.00

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Ladders to the Moon – Traditional Storytelling in Northcote: monthly

Thank you Ladders for the ride, hopefully this is temporary and we will see you all again soon.

Storytelling Australia (Vic)

 A new monthly storytelling evening was launched on 16th June 2013 at Bar 303 High St, Northcote. There was a packed house of over 50 people who gathered on a wet winter’s Sunday evening to hear traditional and personal stories that warmed the soul.  

This is to be a regular event at 303 where storytellers can share in the magic of traditional storytelling with stories that come from all over the world. There will be 8 tellers on the night each telling a tale around 10 minutes in length. Our aim is to have 4 or 5 experienced tellers as well as some new storytellers. 

We want to create an inspired space for storytellers and listeners to come together for the love of STORY and to expand our storytelling community.

303 High St, Northcote
Cost is $10. 


If you are interested in telling please contact:
Simon Oats  0423 467 068 or 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Radio National: NOW HEAR THIS. Story Slams now in Melbourne 2013

NOW HEAR THIS is a night of people coming together to hear and tell stories. Your story can be funny, moving or silly, all in a few spellbinding minutes. It just needs to be inspired by the night’s theme, and run no longer than five minutes. Eight storytellers will be selected randomly to vie for the position of Slam Champion after being judged by three teams from the audience. The winning stories will be played across ABC radio.
Melbourne dates now confirmed!

Venue: The Toff, Level 2, Curtin House/252 Swanston St, Melbourne.
Time: Doors/registration opens at 3pm, slam starts at 4pm. Entry is free.
August 11The First Time
October 13Unexpected
December 15It Happened in 
Details: HERE

Clare Coburn: Last Friday of the Month Story playshop: 26 July 2013--the heart of story

Dear lovers of story in all its forms

This week I found a way to slip in a powerful story about justice 'The Pear Seed' as part of some corporate training--maybe you told a story somewhere too? Stories can be ways to open our hearts and help us consider life from a fresh perspective.

The next Friday playshop will focus on coaching you as a storyteller--whether you're a new storyteller or an old hand--to explore possible paths to the heart of the stories you are telling, to stay in your heart when you're telling, and ways to more deeply engage the hearts of your listeners.

You may be telling a personal story from your own life, a traditional story you love, an anecdote you tell often, or something new you're exploring. You may be a 'public' or a 'private' storyteller or someone who just wants to connect with others who love sharing the power of story.

If you have one, bring along a story, I'll also have a couple of mini-stories that you can use if you don't have a story on the tip of your tongue or close to your heart.

This will be encouraging and gently stretching work and play, and you'll also have the pleasure of hearing excerpts of stories from other tellers.

When: Friday 26 July, 7-9.30pm and please stay for a cuppa afterwards
Where: 319 Auburn Road, Hawthorn
$25/ $20 (concession)

Bring yourself, a story if you have one, and your hearts and minds ready to hear other stories and to support and encourage other storytellers.

Please let me know if you're coming.

Also, I'm preparing for the Singapore International Storytelling Festival where I'm keynote speaker as well as offering a masterclass and workshop. Let me know if you know a good story about empathy. Lots of other amazing storytelling events in Singapore in the first week of September:


Clare Coburn

Courage is a heart word. The root of the word courage is cor - the Latin word for heart. In one of its earliest forms, the word courage meant 'To speak one's mind by telling all one's heart.'...Speaking from our hearts is what I think of as "ordinary courage.”

Bréné Brown

Last Friday of the Month Story Playshop more information HERE

Monday, July 15, 2013

Storytelling at Words in Winter. Daylesford 2013

Storytelling at Daylesford Words in Winter has been programmed by Anne E Stewart from Storytelling Australia.


Sweeney Of The Birds
What is madness, when the sane are slaughtering one another? Sweeney of the Birds is based on an ancient Irish epic, centring around King Sweeney, who in the thick of battle ‘levitates in a frantic cumbersome motion, like a bird of the air’. Performed by Andrew McKenna.

Bookings:  0423 934 192
Where:  The Rex Cinema, in the Arcade 
When:    Friday 9th August 
Time :     8-9pm
Cost: $15/$10

Storytelling Australia presents - Alex Dawia – from Bougainville
Healer, storyteller and social activist, Alex Dawia shares folktales from his homeland and tells the inspiring story of how the humble vanilla bean has brought new hope to his community.

Where:  The Rex Cinema                                                                           
When:    Saturday 10th August                                                                                              
Time:    10.30-11.30 am
Cost:   Adults $5 Children free
Kamishibai Stories - Jackie Kerin

Hailing from 1920′s Japan, the Kamishibai storyteller would strap a small wooden stage to their bicycle with illustrated cards and trays of handmade sweets, pedaling from town to town with tales of adventure.
Join storyteller Jackie Kerin as she revives this sweet experience with her Kamishibai rig and enjoy tasty tales from all over the world. Brought to you by Storytelling Australia (Vic)
Where:  The Rex Festival Hub                                                                                           
When:    Saturday 10th August                                                                                                 
Time :     11am1pm                                                                                                                            Cost :     Gold coin
A Sheltering Spirit -  Andrew McKenna and Caithlin Meave
Tales and songs of love and loss
A woman braves a crazed wolf to save her lover; a gorgeous poetic vision of The Dream of Angus, where a young man is plagued by dreams of a girl and wakes each morning with a white feather on his chest; and a father lost to the river for ever … Andrew McKenna and Caithlin Meave perform stories and songs about great acts, noble deeds and people going to the edge for love.
Bookings: 0423 934 192
Where:  The Rex Cinema, in the Arcade                                                                             
When    Saturday 10th August                                                                                              
Time      9.30pm10.30am                                                                                                                   Cost :     $15/$10
Children’s Storytelling with Andrew McKenna
Where:  The Rex Festival Hub 
When:    Sunday 11th August 
Time:    11.30am 
Cost:     Gold Coin

The Inaugural Maurice May Story Slam
Patriarch of Captains Creek organic farm and a natural born storyteller, Maurice May’s passion for the environment has been passed on to his granddaughter Stephanie Hodgins May. To honour his memory she’s looking for your story of the land and environment.5 minutes per story, 3 guest judges from the audience, great prizes and glory, supporting Stephanie’s Federal campaign for the Greens.
Register for Story Slam by Aug 9 with Anne E Stewart

Where:  The Rex Festival Hub 
When    Sunday 11th August 
Time     12-2pm 
Cost     $5

Children’s Storytelling - Fairy Lou and Matteo
Storytelling Australia (Vic) presents two of the finest fairies in the business. Fairy Lou is always ready with her wand, wishes and stardust and Matteo has been variously described as a genie, a funky pirate or a gypsy. Even the grownups will love them.
Don’t miss two of Australia’s premier storytellers at this year’s Words in Winter Festival!
Where:  The Rex Festival Hub 
When:    Sunday 11th August 
Time:      3pm 
Cost :    Gold Coin

See complete Words in Winter program HERE