Thursday, September 15, 2016

Niki na Meadhra at the Open Studio: 1 October 2016

WHERE: 204 High Street Northcote MAP
WHEN: October 1
TIME: 5.00 pm
COST: Tix @ door $10
Limited seating - get along early

Niki na Meadhra will transport you to the Otherworld, with stories from Ireland and around the globe. Niki ran "Enchanted Evening" a night of traditional stories and music for adults for two years at Abbotsford Convent. Last year, Niki toured in Ireland telling and collecting stories. Get some magic in your weekend. The craic will be very good!

National Celtic Festival, 2016 "Spellbinding!" 

Learn more about Niki HERE

Monday, September 12, 2016

Kate Lawrence: RAW Garden Storytelling: 2 October 2016

Time to get story personal. 
Time to remember your past, make sense, craft stories, and be heard.

Kate Lawrence has a deep and abiding faith in the power of human stories orally told.  She takes her craft seriously and regularly tells and teaches personal storytelling.  She loves to find, craft and tell stories from her experiences, to make sense of this one precious life. 

She will tell some stories and invite you to mine your life for meaningful moments to share as stories.

WHERE: RAW Garden 325 South Rd East Brighton
WHEN: 2 October 12.00pm - 2.00pm
COST: $15 at the door
More info about the RAW  Garden HERE

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Fairy Tale Ring change of location.

Dear Storytellers,

Sunday's location for the Fairy Tale Ring has changed from 31 to 4 Templeton St, Castlemaine. (Even closer to the station!) Maurocco Bar, 2pm.

Reason being that Fig Cafe is closed Sunday but the lily pad across the road is open. They don't take bookings, Sundays are quiet, so Lorena (a local, meeting us there) recommends it.

I can pop over to Fig Cafe to ensure no fairies are waiting by the door. Or perhaps frogs?

Email Louisa for more info:

Louisa John-Krol

Australian Fairy Tale Society
Storytelling Australia Victoria
Writers Victoria & The Monash Fairy Tale Salon

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

INVITATION from the Australian Fairy Tale Society: 11 September

Storytellers are welcome to join a fairy tale afternoon tea in Castlemaine this Sunday. It’s $5 for non-members of the Australian Fairy Tale Society, and free for AFTS members.

When: Sunday 11th September at 2pm
Where: Fig Cafe (formerly Apple Annie's), 31 Templeton St, Castlemaine
(a short walk from Castlemaine Station)

The Australian Fairy Tale Society has themes of discussion every two months. This time it’s The Frog King.

Member benefits include access to a Reading List (optional pre-reading/ post-reading) and Points to Ponder (a separate word doc from our Ring Maiden Jo Henwood), as well as free meetings, discounts to conferences, access to the new Members Only section of the website, and now a new exclusive-to-members expanded Ezine (approx 30-pages of articles & pics), of which I am co-editor. More about our improved Member Benefits here.

Informal Agenda for this Sunday:

Frog King chat - Points to Ponder in the pond
Related tales, e.g. Iron Henry/ Iron John (wildman), riffing on themes
Your news: exhibitions, concerts, releases * 
Plan an eve at the Athenaeum Library (non-members of the library & AFTS are also welcome)
Suggestions for our new AFTS ezine?
Fantasy writing: chance to read brief samples aloud & seek constructive advice

Fey regards,

Louisa John-Krol

Vice President of the Australian Fairy Tale Society
Leader of the Victorian Fairy Tale Ring
Co-editor of the new AFTS Ezine
Public Officer of Storytelling Australia Victoria
Member of Writers Victoria, the Athenaeum Library & Monash Fairy Tale Salon

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Kate Lawrence: Introduction to Personal Storytelling Workshop

10.30am – 2.30pm

Monday 10 October 2016, or

Monday 14 November 2016

Footscray Community Arts Centre

45 Moreland Street

Footscray, VIC, 3011Australia

Cost:  $85 full/ $55 concession

A crafted, well told story is part gift, part message. In this workshop led by storyteller Kate Lawrence, participants will learn how to find, craft and tell stories from their life experience. You will learn story structure, how to look for story worthy memories and the crafting process that turns the clay of life into story. Participants will develop a list of possible story memories, choose one to develop, work in small groups to practice, and then tell and receive feedback from the group. And of course you will hear lots of great stories.  Numbers for this workshop are limited to six.
About tutor Kate Lawrence
Kate Lawrence is a storyteller with a passion and purpose for personal storytelling. She is an experienced and trained facilitator, teacher and storytelling coach, with sense of fun. She has a deep and abiding faith in human stories and never tires of hearing them. She takes her craft seriously and as well as telling and teaching, she regularly reads, reflects and writes about storytelling. Kate is particularly good at creating safe and respectful spaces for people to explore their stories.  Kate has delivered storytelling workshops at the Williamstown Literary Festival and the NSW International Storytelling Conference.

Email Kate to preregister.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Invitation to all members of Storytelling Australia Victoria : 25 September

Dreaming and Planning  for 2017

Come and get involved in storytelling in Victoria and have a say in what we do.

As we are spread far and wide across the state, the Storytelling Vic committee meets monthly by teleconference. A couple of times a year we meet face to face and attend to the vitality and integrity of the organisation.  

As our numbers have swollen we felt the need to offer more ways for people to participate and have a say in the direction and activities of the organisation.

What kinds of events, activities and relationships would you like to be involved with in the calendar for 2017?
  • Workshops
  • Partnerships
  • Open mics
  • Fundraisers
  • Mini Festival
  • Retreat
  • ....
What skills, time and energy do you have to contribute to our events? The more skills we have in the pot, the bigger we can dream.
  • Mcing
  • Photography
  • Recording
  • Graphic design
  • Front of house
  • Website design
  • ....
How can Storytelling Vic better support:
  • individual dreams
  • community strengthening
  • building the network across Victoria
  • …..
WHERE: North Melbourne Maternal and Child Health Centre 505 Abbotsford Street North Melbourne, VIC, 3051 Australia MAP
WHEN: Sunday September 25
TIME: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Jackie Kerin by text: 0412 210 098 
Storytelling Australia Victoria:

Lunch provided. Any special dietary requirements please let us know when you RSVP.

*If you are a member but unable to join us and wish to contribute your ideas and capacity please email your thoughts to us by September 18 and we will make sure that your ideas are recorded and discussed.

*If your membership has lapsed, you can sign upon the day.

Story Wise Women: True, Personal Storytelling Nights in Melbourne

Women's experiences are different, how we see the world, how we are treated in the world and how we make sense of the world are distinctive, and diverse.
Women's stories are not heard as loudly, as often, as seriously or amusingly as they could be.  

Women need space and time to tell, to be heard, to listen and connect through sharing experiences, through our crafted stories.  We need to make sense of our lives in a way that brings peace and hope to the events that have shaped us, as we then in turn shape them into a story. We then give this as part gift part message to our audience and know ourselves in a deeper way.  

Inaugural Story Wise Women
7.30pm - 10pm
23 September 2016  (and continuing on the fourth Friday of the month)
North Melbourne Maternal & Child Health Centre
505 Abbotsford Street, North Melbourne

(Also set up as a Meet Up group and you can access the Meet Up here.)

Here are the guidelines for storytellers:
1. Stories must be true, personal stories i.e. they happened to you the teller.
2. Stories must be told without notes and no longer than 8 minutes.
3. Let kind hearts and common sense prevail - sexist, racist, misogynist and homophobic stories hurt people. Stories should also not be used to put anyone down, to take revenge or to embarrass anyone else.
4. Stories are recorded as audio with the aim of publishing them on a podcast, but this is only done with a tellers permission, which will be given or not, on the evening.
5. Photos will also be taken, to help promote the next event, but will only be used if there is no objection from audience or tellers.