Monday, February 29, 2016

WORLD STORYTELLING DAY: March celebrations 2016


It was only a few years ago Storytelling Vic decided to celebrate World Storytelling Day. We began with a small event at The Boyd in Southbank and followed up the following year with stories in the City Library. This year we have partnered with Readings book shops and the RAW Garden and we have events scattered across Melbourne. Hopefully there is one near you.

March 6 Sunday:  12.00 - 2.00
Join us in the RAW Garden in Brighton to celebrate both International Women’s Day and World Storytelling Day, to hear stories, true and traditional. Come along and be awed, inspired and entertained by storytellers spinning tales of strong, wild and wise women. Perhaps you will have a story to share?
Location and Booking (essential) information : RAW Australia HERE

CARLTON: READINGS (for children)
March 19 Saturday: 10.30 - 11.00 
Come along to the Carlton shop with the kids and celebrate World Storytelling Day. Storytellers will share tales of strong women to inspire, delight and thrill young listeners. 
Free, no booking required.  
Location: 309 Lygon Street, Carlton

March 20 Sunday: 2.00 pm
Join writer and former journalist, Rosemary Sayer, as she shares the stories that came from her interviews with refugees and asylum seekers. These stories are collected together in the anthology, 'More to the Story: Conversations with Refugees'.
Rosemary, who also happens to be doing her PhD on storytelling, will be introduced by Kate Lawrence, from Storytelling Australia Victoria.
A glass of wine will be provided. 
Free, but please BOOK HERE
Location: 701 Glenferrie Road Hawthorn

March 20 Sunday 4.30 pm
To close our celebrations for the weekend, join us at the St Kilda shop and listen to an array of folk tales and true stories from and about strong women. Hosted by Teena Hartnett.
Wine will be provided. 
Free, but please BOOK HERE
Location: 112 Acland St, St Kilda, Victoria 

WSD logo: We thank Mats Rehnam who created and gifted the WSD logo for storytellers to use wherever they are in the world.

Some photos of us celebrating in 2015 HERE
Planning a World Storytelling Day event? 
Please send us the details. We would love to help you spread the news on our blog and Facebook.
SUBJECT: World Storytelling Day

Saturday, February 13, 2016

February Storytelling in the RAW Garden with Cadu Cinelli 2016

The RAW Garden and Storytelling Australia Victoria are working together to create a program of stories.

On the first Sunday of the month, under the trees, next to the chooks or nestled into the herb gardens, there will be a chance to hear and tell stories.

The year begins with visiting Brazilian storyteller Cadu Cinelli.

Cadu is the co founder, an art director, storyteller and visual artist with the group Os Tapetes Contadores de Histórias (The Carpet Storytellers). With his group Cadu, has performed, taught and presented exhibitions in Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguai, Peru, Nicaragua, Mexico, Benin, Portugal and Spain. Cadu will perform with textile books, carpets and embroidered boxes. These props are the landscapes and scenarios for the Andin narrative of The Mystery of Pachacamac, the Amazonic tale of The White Monkey and the Jaguar; the French Jojo's Story, the Russian fairy adventures of Wassaliza, and a Brazilian folktale,The Mother of the Water.

WHERE: 325 South Road East Brighton 
WHEN: 21 February 12.00 - 2.00pm

Read about the RAW Garden HERE

If you are a member of Storytelling Australia Victoria, and would like to tell stories in the Garden, please contact Kate Lawrence -

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky: The Go-Between: William Murrungurk Buckley. March and April dates

The Go-Between: William Murrungurk Buckley
The story of the white man who went black and came back.
Written & performed by Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky
Directed by Paul Hampton
The show is on Youtube: HERE  


 Saturday March 5 @ 7pm
Show is 75 minutes – no interval
Supper afterwards
Baynton Hall , 51 Darlington Rd
(b/w Youngs Rd & Mission Hill Rd)
Baynton, Victoria
(Between Kyneton & Heathcote, north of Lancefield)
COST: $20
Or at door on the night if seats available
All information: Martin McKenna 0427 237 144


Saturday April 2 @ 1.30 pm
Boom Gallery
11 Rutland St, Newtown, Geelong

With the exhibition William Buckley … Belonging
This exhibition attempts to share this most gallant Australian story through the eyes of artists Deb Fisher, Natalie Anderson, Ren Inei, Cricket Saleh, Viktor Cebergs and Shelley McKenzie. This major exhibition will explore and interpret each artist’s personal response to the William Buckley story.
COST: $20 adults,  $15 conc & under 18
(Suitable for 12 and over)
BOOK: HERE (Online is preferable)
Ph: 0417 555 101 / 0428 305 639
Or at the venue Mon-Sat 9-4 pm

Thanks for sharing Jan - this show has certainly grown wings. Congratulations on the success.

World Storytelling Day: Storytelling Australia Victoria partnered events March 2016


March is the time storytellers celebrate World Storytelling Day. While officially falling on March 20th, events are held around the globe, throughout the month.

The theme for 2016 is 'Strong Women'.

The first Storytelling Vic celebration will take place in the RAW Garden. RAW is an acronym for Resilient Aspiring Women. The Garden is open to the public but is in the private home of Mariam Issa.
 photo: Mariam by Scott McNaughton
 Over 15 years ago, Mariam and her family arrived in Australia as refugees from Somalia. She tells her story in her book A Resiliant Life. There is no doubting that Mariam is a ‘Strong Woman’.

 The RAW garden is created with the assistance of volunteers; there are raised wiki beds, an out-door kitchen and a fire pit.  In this garden, storytelling is valued as a way to educate and inspire young and old.

PARTICIPATE: Storytellers will share true and traditional tales that honour the strength of women around the world. If you would like to tell a story at this event, please let Kate know by Friday March 4th. Kate Lawrence -

DATE: March 6
TIME: Celebrations take place between: 12.00 – 2.00pm
WHERE: The Raw Garden 325 South Road Brighton
ENTRY: $15 (Tellers need not pay unless they would like to donate to the garden.)

Here you can see Mariam launching her book in 2012 and speaking of her love of storytelling

Storytelling Vic is anticipating that throughout March there will be several World Storytelling Day events (independent and organised by us).  We look forward to promoting, supporting and sharing these events wherever they are.

* During 2016, Vic Storytellers will be telling Tales in the RAW Garden on the first Sunday of every month February to November. If you would like to tell in the Garden please contact Kate for details.

There will also be WSD events in Readings Bookstores:
Sat 19March:
10.30am Carlton: 309 Lygon St, Carlton - Children’s storytime.
Sun 20 March:
We’ll let you know more details about the Readings events soon.
WSD logo created by Mats Rehnman

Sunday, February 7, 2016

'Tales from the Flyway' with Jackie Kerin and Sarah Depasquale: March dates

'Tales from the Flyway'

My musical collaborator, Sarah Depasquale, and I have created a storytelling show about the migratory shore birds that travel between south east Australia and the Arctic Tundra. The corridor they travel is called the East Asian Australasian Flyway.

We asked the question: 'If we could travel with the birds along the Flyway and visit countries along the way, what stories might we hear?' I've collected stories from Indonesia, Thailand, Siberia and Japan and Sarah weaves these together with pieces she has chosen that include, Bach, Massenet and original compositions.

'Tales from the Flyway' is dedicated to the people who work to maintain wetlands around the world but especially our local Rangers, Friends Groups and volunteers in Australia.

'Tales' is suitable for all ages; its light hearted and occasionally informative.

We have shows coming up in March.

March 5   Immigration Museum 2.00 pm

March 12  Port Fairy Folk Festival 11.00 am
March 13  Port Fairy Folk festival  1.30 pm

(If you're planning on going to Port Fairy, check the program in case there have been changes. We're also involved in workshops and part of a round robin with Jim Haynes and Noel Stallard, 'Celtic Connections'.)

You can read more about our show on my website and see videos: HERE
Jackie Kerin

Monday, February 1, 2016

World Storytelling Day news from our Dutch Story Telling Friends

From The World Storytelling Day committee from the Foundation for Storytelling, Netherlands.

20 March 2016  is World Storytelling Day, a day on which we celebrate the art of storytelling.  The committee of the Dutch Stichting Vertellen (Foundation for Dutch Storytelling) supports the initiatives and activities that Dutch storytellers undertake on this particular day and our Website plays and important role in this HERE.

Last year we had about 40 activities on World Storytelling Day all over The Netherlands. Stories whirled around in schools, small theatres, libraries and even bookstores. Stories mainly told in Dutch but not all of them.

We, the committee, like to encourage the world into the Dutch activities – to make a real world day. To achieve this we invite your participation.

Last year, and the year before that, a few of you sent as a short video. We load the video into our website and storytellers in the Netherlands showed them at their events. The reaction of the audience to the videos is always one of surprise and joy. We’d like to continue this tradition. To give you and idea what we are looking for

Please send the URL of your video to On our website, there is  an English page through which you can access the videos that are sent in, so you can also use them in your performances.

Another opportunity for you is to establish ‘live’ contact during one of the performance that will be taking place. For Example, by means of Skype or WhatsApp. This year, our committee is not organizing an event for 'live' exchange but we can play the role of intermediary between you and the Dutch initiatives. Let us know as soon as possible if you're interested. Email

Thank you for taking time to read this and we wish you a creative, fun, wordy and worthy World Storytelling Day 2016.

Fred uit het Broek 
(WSD committee Foundation for Storytelling, Netherlands)

World Storytelling Day HERE

Thank you Fred, your committee is inspirational. I hope that one day Victoria will be peppered with events in 'schools, small theatres, libraries and even bookstores'. 

A message from our Storytelling friend Dorte Hentschel (Germany)

Some of you will remember when German storyteller Dorte Hentschel visited Melbourne and NSW (2013-14). Several of us had the pleasure of hosting her and hearing her stories. Well.. Dorte has sent us a message.

Dear Storytellers,

The time passes. Still I do not have a blog or a web-page.

But I would like to let you know a little about what happened in my professional life in 2015. I will write most of the time about storytelling events but as well I mention some of my work as a theatre educator.


Every year since 2010 I have told stories as part of Storytellingtime, a project bringing storytellers into schools. In this project we are about 20 storytellers, national and international from Greece, Italy, Korea and Great-Britain. All storytellers in the project tell mostly in primary schools and kindergartens with a high rate of children who speak German as their second language.

The stories we tell for the children aged 3 up to 12 years old vary between chainstories, small legends, fairy tales and wonder tales – depending on the age and the length of the relationship between storyteller and group.

The German school term starts at September and ends in July. Storytellingtime is financed by Berlin Senate for Education, so the storytellers have the possibility to go every week into the schools and meet three different classes regularly.

All in all the Storytellingtime storytellers meet their audience over 30 times. On top of it we invite the children of 'our' storytelling-classes as well as their parents to the library closest to the school. Depending on time and possibilities we rehearse a small storytelling presentation for the parents in the library as well as telling a story for the families in the library.

Theatre educator

As you can see I still work a lot in Berlin.

I work there as a storyteller as well as a theatre educator.

On behalf of Storytellingtime I worked the third time together with Lilian Matzke, a great artist in the field of object theater. This year we created a play for the fairy tale 'Sleeping Beauty'. Other projects Lilian and I made in schools are named 'The Wild Goose' (2013) and 'The Brave Little Tailor' (2014).
My work as a theatre educator led me to move back to my hometown Cottbus.

There I work in the children and youth theatre Piccolo.

With children aged 6 to 8 we created two plays inspired by two fairytales. One is called 'The Carrot', in German 'Das Rübchen', and the other one is called 'The Wolf and the Seven Young Goats', in German 'Der Wolf und die sieben Geißlein'.

With teenagers aged 13 to 16 we created a play called 'Schnipselgestrüpp', English 'Scrub out of Snippets'. The play is based on a children's book with the name 'Schnipselgestrüpp'. The calm play was telling the story of a poor boy who was overcoming his limited environment by his fantasy.

Very special for all of us was that we could show pictures made by one of our actors via an old slide projector. As you can see in the pictures we used pink banana boxes for the play. Two white large boxes we used as a screen for the pictures of the slide projector.

 I feel very lucky that I continue to work with this group of teenagers. The school term 2015/2016, we work on a play with the working title 'Being a Bird in a Fish Pond'.
Next to my work as theatre educator in Cottbus I tell stories and give workshops in Cottbus.


In June I was very excited as I gave my first story-telling seminar at the TU (Technical University) in Cottbus. The storytelling-course was integrated in the schedule for students in the second term of social science.

A funny coincidence occurred at the time of the Seminar with a visitor from Australia. Angela Brynn hosted me for about two weeks on Dangar Island, Sydney. It was especially nice because Angela herself gives workshops in communication for social workers.

In autumn I was invited to tell stories in all 13 classes of Carl-Blechen-PrimarySchool in Cottbus. It was very nice to challenge myself to tell 13 different stories in one week to children aged between 6 years and 12 years.

Background and growth of the storytelling revival in Berlin and Cottbus

Theatre Work and Storytelling in Berlin and in Cottbus keeps me very busy. But all that kind of work would not be possible without all the other people working in that field, bringing in new ideas, bringing new connections, trying out, sharing their experiences and working on a network.

Since about 10 years the storytelling network grows stronger every year.

Here comes a short historical overview about how the storytelling grew in and around Berlin – from my point of view.

Kristin Wardetzky, a former professor at the University of arts brought the art of storytelling into the course of theatre education. (Kristine left)

Kristin Wardetzky invented the idea of Storytellingtime. The project leader is now is Sabine Kolbe.

Furthermore Kristin Wardetzky and a group of storytellers founded the association Erzählkunst ('the art of storytelling').

These days the association is very busy raising money to enable storytellers to work for refugees. Other projects the association is busy with are organising storytelling events as 'Offene ErzählBühne', means 'Open TellingStage', every month and 'Berlin erzählt', means 'Berlin tells' ones every year in March.

The association 'Erzählkunst' ('the art of storytelling') is part of the association of all German speaking storytellers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland called 'VEE – Verband der Erzählerinnen und Erzäler e.V.'

This year the aim of 'VEE' is to become member of 'FEST – Federation for European storytelling'.

In 2015 I was part of the meeting of 'VEE' in Hamburg as well as part of the meeting of 'FEST' in Greece for the very first time.

'VEE' was overwhelming with connections to very nice, very open poeple and I was busy with getting how the association is organised who knows whom through whom and who belongs to which city, region, country.The most interesting fact I can share from this meeting is the contact to Paul Daniel, a storyteller from Austria.
Paul Daniel organised the 'Raunachts-Telling'.The 'Rauhnächte' are known as the 'Twelve Nights' in English speaking countries. The time between Christmas and the 6th of January are famous for being magic and mystic and the Austrian storytellers in and around Vienna started to meet during this time to tell stories. I was invited to tell stories, too, but anyhow my wayled me to Bremen, far far north in the opposite direction.

Writing about Austrian storytellers brings 'Frau Wolle' in my mind. I very much appreciate Karin Tscholls work which you can find here in English language: HERE

 Last but not least I want to mention 'FEST' in Greece.
The Hungarian storyteller Zalka Csenge wrote a nice article about this meeting: HERE

For me it was great to meet so very many storytellers from all over Europe. Again I was overwhelmed by all these nice people.

The seven young Turkish storytellers impressed all with their dynamic and open appearance. Nazly Cevik is the founder of Seiba.

And in the end I want to mention that impressive idea from the Canadian storytellers to go on a walk and tell storyies every night at every station you reach in eight days.
I play with that idea every now and then ;-).


Thank you Dorte for sharing your news for Europe and keeping in touch with your storytelling friends in Australia