Friday, July 31, 2015

FREE tix to The Moth: True Stories Told Live at the Melbourne Writers Festival

You are eligible to put you name in the hat if you are a financial member of SAV.
The draw takes place at our AGM
9 August at 2.00 – 4.00 pm
Ross House: 247 Flinders Lane Melbourne
The Hayden Raysmith Room
Level: 4. Meeting room: 1

* If you are running late and can’t access the building 
text 0412 2100 98

August is AGM time and a time to reboot, re-energise and think about the possibilities for the year to come - 2016. In doing so, it’s kinda nice to reflect on what SAV storytellers have been up to. Here’s a glimpse of some of you and your shenanigans over the past 12 months. In no particular order and randomly selected from the files.

Please record your events and use this blog to promote and celebrate your activities. We are spread around Victoria and love nothing more than sharing your news. If you need help recording or photographing, let us know, some of our members have skills to share and may be able to help you.

Our Members NEWSLETTER will be launched at the AGM. This will provide you with another space to build your networks.

Check out the SAV website, contribute to the growing resources page and if you have recorded a complete story (video or audio) why not send us the link.
SUBJECT: For Website or Blog:

pics north to south: Peter Fernon, Toby Eccles, David Demant, Kate Lawrence, Lana Woolf , Alice Maun, Suzanne Sandow, Teena Hartnett, Jackie Kerin, Gerry Nelson, Katherin Phelps, Louisa John-Krol, Roslyn Quin, Anne E Stewart, Jan Wositzky, Niki Na Meadhra

Monday, July 20, 2015

WORKSHOP: Words in Winter MARYBOROUGH: Saturday 15 August 2015

Before there were books, there were storytellers

Ronda Gault is a Maryborough local with a passion for the art of traditional oral storytelling. ‘Being told a story is very different to listening to someone read or recite.’

It is this love of the art form that has kept Ronda actively engaged with Storytelling Australia Victoria for many years. ‘Most of the storytelling events happen in the metropolitan area but I’m keen to see a circle of storytellers grow in my region.’

To this end Ronda, together with Daylesford based storyteller Anne E Stewart, oganised a workshop at the Art Gallery of Ballarat with visiting Welsh storyteller, Christine Willison and an event to mark World Storytelling Day at the Central Goldfields Art Gallery. ‘I feel that now, the time is right, to offer a workshop here in Maryborough.’

Before there were books, there were storytellers is an introductory workshop. Participants will:
·      experience listening to a story
·      learn a story to tell without notes
·      will be introduced to resources so the journey can continue

‘As a beginners workshop, we will focus on traditional tales as they are easy to learn. But down the track I would like to explore other kinds of storytelling like ‘true story’, ‘fictitious tales’ and ‘personal stories’.

Ronda has the support of Storytelling Australia Victoria for this workshop that will be co-facilitated by Jackie Kerin (Melbourne) and Suzanne Sandow from Kyneton. Storytelling Vic  is committed to supporting regional groups in the their goals to set up storytelling circles.

Suzanne Sandow was captured on video as Fairy Moth at the Macedon Ranges Sustainable Living Festival earlier this year.  Based in Kyneton, Suzanne will appear as herself, share a story and some of her journey as a storyteller.

 Other Storytelling opportunities outside of Melbourne:
·      Ballarat: The Ballarat Storytellers
·      Mt Macedon: Kate Lawrence is running workshops throughout August Story Wise

Before there were books, there were storytellers is offered as part of the Words in Winter Festival

Maryborough Library
91 Nolan Street Maryborough

Saturday August 15
10.30 am – 12.00pm

 Maree Stephenson 03 5461 1950
There are 10 places

FREE/Gold coin

Around the campfire 
With children before sleep
Sharing with friends
The words are within
Hands are free
and with your eyes
shape the story shared ...


Sunday, July 12, 2015

Notice of AGM to be followed by a General Meeting: 9 August at 2.00 – 4.00 pm 2015

Notice of the Storytelling Australia Victoria
to be followed by a 
General Meeting 

9 August at 2.00 – 4.00 pm
 Ross House: 247 Flinders Lane Melbourne
The Hayden Raysmith Room
Level: 4. Meeting room: 1

Proceedings will include the election of the committee and voting on other matters relating SAV. All current financial members are eligible to vote, whether in person or by proxy.

If you have any questions about nominating, voting by proxy, or any other matter related to the AGM, please contact Jackie Kerin or  0412 2100 98.

SAV elects its committee each year at the AGM. The committee currently consists of:

  • President: Jackie Kerin
  • Vice President: Kate Lawrence
  • Treasurer/Membership/ Minutes: Teena Hartnett
  • Secretary /public officer: Louisa John-Krol
  • Four general committee members: Suzanne Sandow, Cindy-Lee Harper, Ronda Gault, Lana Woolf

 Each year, all committee positions are vacated and any financial member may nominate/be nominated for election for any committee position.

Positions are voluntary and not remunerated. Members will be asked to commit to attending a minimum number of committee meetings, usually by teleconference for 1 hour once a month. A position on the committee is rewarding but it does require you to make a commitment of time and energy to advancing the interests of the membership.

Members will receive via email, all documents prior to the meeting including proxy and nomination forms. These will also be available on the day.

General Meeting

The AGM will be followed by a General Meeting, to which you are also invited.

I hope you can attend. We have many new members and we would love to meet you in person, welcome you into the SAV community and hear about your wish list for Storytelling in Victoria.

Looking forward to a feisty and creative meeting followed by celebratory drinks at some mutually agreeable watering hole!

Jackie Kerin

Friday, July 10, 2015

Great Forest Storytelling: Saturday 18th July 2015

Storytelling Victoria Australia members are welcome to attend Great Forest Storytelling (and family, friends and other folk).

Where: Strathvea Guest House at 755 Myers Creek Road, Healesville, Vic 3777.
When: Saturday 18th July.

Share fairy tales, wonder stories and other yarns by the fire in the beautiful 1920s ambiance of Strathvea Guest House, surrounded by the tall trees of Toolangi in the Yarra Ranges.
There will be two storytelling sessions on Saturday: family-friendly afternoon session at 2.30 pm, and evening session 7.30 pm. 

Each session is $15, or $25 for both. 

You are welcome just to listen, or share a tale. 

Shared meal 6:30pm (bring a plate - vegetarian or free-range/organic meat please). 
Optional: overnight stay with Sunday activities. 

From Healesville, follow Myers Creek Road into the hills of Toolangi, heart of proposed Great Forest National Park, last homeland of endangered Fairy Possum. 

Strathvea (of Deanne & Toby Eccles) is 15min drive north of Healesville, just over an hour from the start of Melbourne’s Eastern Freeway. 

To stay overnight, reduced rates apply, this weekend only: $130 to $165. 

Breakfast ingredients provided. Guests can prepare breakfast in the Guest House kitchen.

Although accommodation appears fully booked on public view, there are still spaces for SAV.

Strathvea has offered this email for bookings, but please copy me in personally so I can assist in following up your communication.

Warm thanks,

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Kate Lawrence: Missive from Mt Macedon

It is true, I am on a campaign to build a storytelling and story listening community in the Macedon Ranges, and in particular a storytelling community centred on contemporary autobiographical storytelling.

So far in my quest I have told a personal tale at Mount Players, a 100 seat theatre in my home town of Macedon, run some introductory workshops, and with the help of Jackie Kerin, Suzanne Sandow and Peter Fernon, had a ball telling and spruiking and slamming at the Macedon Ranges Sustainable Living Festival.  

All of these events have chipped away at people's understanding, experience and enthusiasm for storytelling in the Macedon Ranges.

The story I told at Mount Players was about my teenage friend Vicki and the time I helped her and another girl, Diedre run away.  The story was videoed and you can watch it HERE. The feedback from the performance was heart warming, with one woman saying it brought a tear to her eye as she thought about her Dad.  To be able to touch someone else’s life with a story from my life is very satisfying. 

Next up were the workshops and thanks to Jackie Kerin for her great support, the first workshop could go ahead with one signed up participant and Jackie!   Then at the last minute a woman arrived un-booked; she had seen me tell at Mount Players and was inspired to want to do the same thing!  A big whoop and air punch from me. 

The workshops were so much fun.  It was great to be able to put into practice and verbalise many of the things I know and have learned about personal storytelling, and create fun and interesting exercises that get people thinking, talking, telling and crafting.

At the end of each session, after all the hard work and talk, I sat back and listened to people tell stories about their lives.  There were stories from East Timor, the centre of the Australian Continent and Holland, stories about a trapped cat, the steps of the Australian Parliament on November 11, 1975 and a marriage dissolving in fits of laughter.  It was moving and oh so rewarding.

Running these workshops, I realise people struggle to commit to multiple dates so I will now offer a Level 1: “this is what its all about, see if you like it” introductory workshop of 3 hours.   If participants want to learn more, they can do Level Two, a one day intensive workshop that builds on from the introductory session.   

I have now set dates for these workshops to be run in Riddells Creek and Woodend in August, September and October.  And while I haven’t set a date yet, the plan is to culminate all this activity with a performance night in November. 

Click HERE for more information, to see the dates and times and to book online.

pics: Rocket Clock Storytelling Slam and the Macedon Ranges Sustainable Living Festival