Kate Lawrence launched The Story Door on Friday October 2 in The Leadlight Room at Holgates. These nights are themed; the tales shared must be true, no reading, and preferably, 5 minutes long (give or take).
Storytellers rocked up from Trentham, Kyneton, Gisborne, Woodend and the suburbs of Melbourne.
For the inaugural Story Door the theme was ‘Firsts’. We heard tender tales of first love, first kisses, the first time singing at a Karaoke night, preparing a body after organ retrieval, drought, learning to ride a bike, academic life, working as a story busker and moving house. The stories shared were poignant, hilarious, revealing and generous.
Kate lives in Macedon and is keen to connect story-lovers and build a community of tellers in her region. To this end she is running workshops and monthly open storytelling.
One of the connections Kate has made is with Cassis Lumb from Kyneton. Cassis not only told a story at the inaugural Story Door, she revealed she has a stunning voice and passion for Karaoke! Cassis also hosts story evenings at Alice and Co.
Kate is a member of Storytelling Australia Vic and has enjoyed the support of members who have assisted her on the journey so far. Friend, Jackie Kerin and current president of SAV, has this to say, ‘We’re a community of creative folks with all kinds of skills. We can support each other in so many ways, technical advice, editing, directing, front of house, promotion or moral support if needed. It’s just a matter of asking and making the most of the networks we’re building for Vic storytellers.’
Visit Kate on her Website (workshops and Story Door info) HERE
You can also find Story Door on Facebook HERE
The dates for Story Door: 7.30 pm
November 6: Race Against Time
December 4: Endings
Holgates Hotel High Street Woodend
Kate is exploring recording stories with a view to podcasting (by permission). Storytelling Vic is looking forward to building the collection of stories, video and audio, on our website.