The wonderful thing about visitors is the way they act as a catalyst and bring us together.
It’s common to have storytellers from overseas arrive on our shores over the summer break but as many of us are away, it’s not always possible to make them welcome and share stories. This year has been and exception.
Workshop and Story Share: Christine Willison and Martin Jefferd
With some quick planning, we succeeded in gathering at the Art Gallery of Ballarat where storyteller Christine Willison (based in Wales) offered a workshop: Myth and Reality (focusing on the Welsh Tales of the Mabinogion). Participants came from near and far, several gathering at Southern Cross Station and making use of the regional train service (very relaxing!).
Following the workshop was a Story Share, where tellers identified artworks in the gallery and found an image to spark a tale.
Christine is the current chair of The Society for Storytelling
Martin is based in Bristol where the Bristol Storyfest is in planning
Thanks to Ronda Gault, Anne E Stewart and Sheilagh Kentish and Art Gallery of Ballart for making it happen.
House Concert: Naomi Steinberg
By their nature, these are more private affairs as they take place in people’s homes. In a spontaneous moment, Jackie Kerin decided to offer Naomi Steinberg from Canada the use of her sunroom. Naomi arrived in Melbourne by cargo ship after spending 21 days crossing the Pacific. She is travelling the world with stories. You can follow her adventures HERE
Thanks to Teena Hartnett and Jan “Yarn” Wositzky for helping on the night.
Workshops and Performances: Taffy Thomas
Taffy will be arriving soon and is offering workshops and concerts between February 21 and March 23.Taffy is the patron of the UK Society for Storytelling and the First Storyteller Laureate.
Here's a glimpse of Taffy in action.
You can catch Taffy at the Castlemaine State Festival
Taffy Thomas: CreateAbility: Cultural Exchange
Taffy Thomas, Britain’s first Storytelling Laureate and friend of Storytelling Australia Victoria, will be appearing as himself at three performances. These shows are part of the FREE program listed under ‘Carnival of Community’ on the festival website
CreateAbility: Cultural Exchange
14th Sat: 12.30 pm
15th Sunday: 11.00 am
21st Saturday: 12.30 pm
Find the Free Events at the Caslemaine State Festival HERE
Taffy Thomas website: HERE