Wednesday, March 30, 2016

World Storytelling Day: March 2016. 'Strong Women'

A hearty thank you to all who joined in the Storytelling Victoria celebrations for World Storytelling Day as both tellers and listeners. Here's a glimpse of the fun.

As an organisation, we decided three years ago to acknowledge this global day, beginning with a small event hosted by Teena Hartnett. In fact, we have Teena to thank for nurturing and growing our celebrations since that time.

This year our enthusiasm spread throughout March. Beginning with  a gathering at the RAW Gardenon on March 6. We were also celebrating International Women's Day when we heard stories of Strong Women washed down with plates of Ethiopian food. Stories of survival, wisdom and strength were shared in personal stories, folk tales and myths.  
  David Demant
Traveling Canadian storyteller, Sue Charters, extended her stay in Australia just so she could join us.
Sue Charters

Members of the committee met with READINGS Bookstore and a plan was hatched to host events across three stores in Carlton, Hawthorn and St Kilda on March 19 and 20. Angela Crocombe (children's book buyer) made us welcome as we snuggled in between the shelves early on Saturday morning.
Angela Crocombe and Jackie Kerin
Susan Hall traveled up from Geelong to be with us. Susan is a librarian with Geelong Libraries.

Susan Hall
And Susan Sandow delighted on and all when she swept into the store as Moth.

On Sunday Kate Lawrence zipped between Hawthorn where she joined Rosemary Sayer who shared stories that came from her interviews with refugees and asylum seekers -  'More to the Story'. And then she raced across to St Kilda to tell a story of her own.
Rosemary Sayer and Kate Lawrence
 Kim Billington
At the St Kilda store, Teena curated our signature event where Storytelling Vic members gathered to share tales of wonder and transcendence. This time washed down with wine generously provided by Readings.
Ian McNally
Teena Hartnett

So that's it .. till next year, when the theme is Transformation.
Again let me acknowledge the work of the committee in planning and promoting World Storytelling Day, especially Teena who drives it along. Chris Gordon and Angela Crocombe from Readings and the team at the the RAW Garden. And of course all the storytellers who came and shared stories and Alex Kharnam and Miles who bring cameras and tripods and document our events.

If you would like to join the SAV team and help with events, we would love to have you. Whether its slinging a tea towel, phaffing about on Facebook, putting out the chairs, cleaning up the wine glasses, mcing ... drop us a line

Posted by Jackie Kerin

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Suzanne Sandow tells Stories in the RAW Garden: 3 April 2016

Storytelling Australia Vic tellers are telling stories in the RAW Garden on the first Sunday of the month throughout 2016. In April Suzanne Sandow will be in the Garden with her magical tales.
Suzanne  took a side step from Acting and started storytelling well over 20 years ago at a Fairy exhibition for the Glen Eira City Council, she went with this exhibition to Kyabrum where she also presented Storytelling workshops for beginning tellers.  Then she moved on to be a regular storyteller at Wonderwings Fairy Shop for adult parties.  She has worked extensively as a teller in Schools, Libraries, Shops and Shopping Centers, Community Festivals and Private Parties. 
Suzanne often morphs into her Fairy Character - Moth for storytelling sessions as she recently did at the 18th Annual Kanoon Storytelling Festival in Iran.
Suzanne has also had the honour of being the President of the Victorian Branch of Storytelling Australia and has served on the Committee for the last two years.
Since becoming a Storyteller Suzanne has gained a BA Hon and a Dip Ed so she is a qualified Drama and English Teacher as well as a very fine Face-painter.
Her storytelling is relaxed and highly interactive.  She loves the way stories grow and develop in the presence of an attentive, focused and responsive audience.
Always hoping to intrigue, delight and share some wisdom Suzanne truly loves telling rich and complex traditional tales.

WHEN: 3 April 12.00 pm - 2.00 pm 
WHERE: RAW Garden 325 South Road Brighton
You can follow Suzanne's adventures as Fairy Moth on Facebook HERE and see some of her adventures in Iran.

 If you would like to tell stories in the Garden, please contact Kate Lawrence - Story Wise as there are still a few spaces.

Jan 'Yarn' Wositzky's 'Bilarni'

Dear Storytellers and lovers of a good yarn,

Would you like to host a house concert of Jan 'Yarn' Wositzky's great show 'Bilarni'? If so, Jan is doing a run of shows in June - Victoria and the NT - and is looking for a host in or around Melbourne on the weekend of June 17, 18 & 19. If you've a big enough room to hold 25 people as well as the show, then this way of having entertainment in your home is fun and you get to see the show for free! Anyone interested should contact Jan on: 0417 332 065 or

Click on posters to enlarge
Thanks for sharing Jan.
Check out Jan's website HERE

Monday, March 7, 2016

Peter Fernon: 'DOCTOR', 11 and 18 March 2016

Vic storyteller, Peter Fernon is a resident of Trentham. He works as busker and is a familiar face in city and regional festivals and markets. Peter is a writer, musician, mask maker and puppeteer. In November 2015, he launched his CD 'Happiness', a collection of poems that he has turned into songs. These include the works of Rumi, Lo Po, Auden and Dylan Thomas (piano: Charles Affleck, violin: Melvyn Cann).

Peter's love of language and literature makes him a valued member of the 'Mahabharata Project' - a raggle-taggle collection of folks from around the world, gathered into a Facebook Group; the aim being to study and learn something of the great Hindu epic at a slow and steady pace. HERE

Read more about Peter HERE


Thank you for sharing your news Peter.

Friday, March 4, 2016


Attention all teachers, librarians and anyone interested in the art of storytelling

Internationally acclaimed storyteller Vic Ann E Stewart will be running a workshop for beginners at the Dromkeen Literary Festival . Anne will discuss the basic elements of storytelling, illustrate how to build repertoire and enthuse participants to have a go at this age-old art. Anne will also entertain with stories from Australia and around the world in the last session of the day. 

WHERE: Dromkeen, Riddells Creek
WHEN: Saturday 19 March 1pm - 2pm

Bookings and details: HERE
Learn more about Anne 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

World Storytelling Day: Geelong Library and Heritage Centre 20 March 2016

The World Storytelling Day events keep coming. Thank you for sharing them with us.
Here is one for those of you who live in, or near, Geelong.

Celebrate World Storytelling Day with the Geelong Library the traditional art of oral storytelling with interactive stories of wishes, wishing wells and more. Stories to delight the whole family. All Ages.

This is a FREE event but please Book HERE
Time: 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Location: 51 Little Malop Street Geelong.
Library website: HERE

For those of you running events, check out the World Storytelling Day website. You will see how you can download the logo and you can register your celebration.

ALSO... A message from the Ballarat Storytellers.
Some of the information we sent you about WSD was incorrect. The post has been taken down and replaced a new poster. OOPS! See the new info HERE.

* Both these events are independent initiatives. They are not auspiced by Storytelling Vic.

Thank you for sharing the news!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

World Storytelling Day: Ballarat Community Garden 20 March 2016

Annual Harvest Festival at the Ballarat Community  Garden
As part of the celebrations the Ballarat Storytellers will be telling stories of  STRONG WOMEN
click on poster to enlarge

The Ballarat Storytellers look forward to seeing you there! 

Community Garden website HERE
WSD logo:  Mats Rehnam