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
91 Nolan Street Maryborough
Saturday August 15
10.30 am – 12.00pm
Maree Stephenson 03 5461 1950
There are 10 places
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 ...