Sunday, June 29, 2014

Words on the Wind: storytelling series launch: The Library at the Dock Thursday 24 July 2014

Invitation to the launch of 
Words on the Wind

 image: photo Anne E Stewart of library window designed and installed by Penguin

Words on the Wind is a series of free storytelling shows coming to the new Library at the Dock, running from July through to December 2014. Nine storytellers from Storytelling Australia Victoria have crafted six compelling tales to reflect their relationship to this part of Melbourne’s Docklands. They will explore the history and environment of Victoria Harbor, a corner of Melbourne steeped in tales of mystery and intrigue, not to mention major engineering works! 

Project Director and professional storyteller, Anne E Stewart said, “Words on the Wind is inspired by a visit to the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh where storytelling for adults is integral to the profile of the 1st City of Literature”. Anne dreamt of somewhere comparable in Melbourne, and with the support of Paula Kelly, Manager of the Melbourne Library Service the series was conceived. “For our storytellers to grow and develop repertoire, they need challenging projects, good venues and fair remuneration. The Library at The Dock is a new meeting place and a chance for traditional storytelling to shine.”

* Dates and times for your diaries: full details available soon but here is the line up of storytellers to whet your appetite! 

August 21: Niki na Meadhra Doors open 5.30 pm 
September 18Jackie Kerin and Teena Hartnett  Doors open 5.30pm
October 16: Anne E Stewart Doors open 5.30pm
November 20: Andrew McKenna and Peter Fernon Doors open 6.30pm
December 18: Simon Oats and  Roslyn Quin Doors open 5.30 pm

*Words on the Wind is supported by the City of Melbourne in partnership with the Melbourne Library Service

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Peter Fernon and Charles Affleck: 'Gilgamesh. He who saw the Deep' Global Storytelling Day 2014

The International Storytelling Network encouraged us all to celebrate Global Storytelling Day on June 21 with 'Stories to Change the World'. 

In  its fourth year, a total of 660 storytellers from 34 countries on five continents participated: Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, UK, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela.

Victorian Storyteller Peter Fernon and Musician Charles Affleck performed Gilgamesh: He who saw the Deep at a House Concert - a profane, solemn and bawdy retelling of the world's oldest written story. 

To book Gilgamesh. He who saw the Deep or learn more about Peter's work as a storyteller visit his site:  HERE

Learn more about the International Storytelling Network:

Monday, June 16, 2014

Gael Cresp: Stories for Grownups: Wonthaggi June 2014

On Friday 13 June the first of these sessions was held.

I arrived with my apples and saw 20 empty chairs. But by the time the session began all of the seats were occupied – some folk I knew from the community and some were complete strangers.

Since the session was billed as “Winter Stories” I started with the story of the apple tree who wanted the stars in her branches (see link below) then I cut the one of the apples to show not only the star but the sparkles that surrounded it.

Then I began the story of Atalanta (see link below), segued through an account of the creation of a golden ball with a secret opening mechanism and into a version of “The Frog Prince” (this one has yet to be filmed or written up).

 These stories were followed by a short question and answer session and I invited them all back next month for stories around the theme “If you can’t be a good example you’ll just have to be a horrible warning."

Information and bookings HERE

The Apple Tree (told by Gael Cresp) 
Sometimes we just need to change our way of looking at things to find the hidden secrets in side.
Atalanta (told by Gael Cresp) 
When I first read this story in the grade 3 reader I was annoyed that Atalanta could be tricked by just rolling some balls at her feet – then when I grew up (and found the story of the Apple Tree) I created this version.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Clare Coburn: Open to the Elements. Tales of gardens and what helps them grow. 10 August 2014

open to the elements
tales of gardens and what helps them grow

Sunday 10 August 2014, 2.30pm

Storyteller Clare Coburn accompanied by guitarist, Raziel Soto shares stories and poems linked to the elements of nature.

The Biodynamic Community Garden in Warranwood is celebrating winter, raising funds, and gathering members with a feast of stories, a sprinkling of poetry, and some music to warm our souls in the coldest part of the year.

Come along on 10 August at 2.30pm for an afternoon with storyteller and poet, Clare Coburn, accompanied by music from classical guitarist, Raziel Soto. Listen to the wisdom of traditional stories from across the world around themes of warmth, light, earth and water.

Entry by donation for members of the Biodynamic Community Garden. Non-members join for just $12 either by clicking this link beforehand or at the event, or donate the same amount. Children by donation. Share your own stories over a fundraising afternoon tea.  

 You are warmly welcomed!
for more information contact Clare at
or on 9876 2395


Australian Fairy Tale Society Inaugural Conference 9 June 2014

The Conference was a great success and the website has been launched! In time you will find all sorts of discussions and I believe some of the papers from the conference will be posted soon. This slide show will give you a taste of the first conference and who was there. Enjoy.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Monash Fairytale Salon: 29 June 2014

click on poster to enlarge

As part of the Glen Eira Storytelling (including the written word in this context)  Festival, a staff and post graduate reading group at Monash University, will be hosting a day exploring Fairytale migrations with a special focus on Australian Fairytales. There will also be live tellings from Storytelling Vic enthusiasts working in the oral tradition: Jackie Kerin and Roslyn Quin.

For those who are keen to learn more about this tradition and unpack the notion of an Australian Fairytale, this salon will be most rewarding. You can read a review of the 2012 event HERE

RSVP: Monash Fairy Tale Salon:

Jan 'Yarn' Wositzky: 'Bilarni' Castlemaine 8,9,10 August 2014

*Click on posters to enlarge and read the fine print - its worth it!