Saturday, November 26, 2016

Christmas Tales in the Eltham Library: 8 December 2016

TIME: 7.00 - 8.00 pm
DATE: December 8
WHERE: Eltham Library, Panther Place in Eltham HERE

Roslyn Quin, mover and shaker on the Storytelling Victoria committee, storyteller extraordinaire, and our woman on the ground at Eltham Library, is planning another evening of tales in this beautiful building.

She invites you to jog along to listen or share a story. This will be a family friendly, all ages event. Eltham Library is close to the train station and there is plenty to explore if you decide to go early.

The tree is up and the story chair is waiting!

If you would like to register to tell a story please book your spot with Roslyn

The end of year Members and Friends Gathering

Well... the end of 2016 is fast approaching ...

The Storytelling Vic committee wanted to offer a special day to celebrate the year with a social outing and Teen Hartnett came up with the brilliant suggestion that we shout ourselves a trip on the 'Blackbird'. This tiny ferry is moored close to the Footscray Community Arts Centre near the Dynon Road Bridge.
 Skippered by Warwick and Peter, the cruise (with commentary by Peter) takes in a few kilometres of the lower reaches of the Maribyrnong River. Peter has been running his cruises for 36 years and he knows the story behind every building, park, pipe and bridge; this stretch of the water has been a hard working river, supporting many industries since the early 1800s.
This is only the second special members and friends event we have offered. Earlier in the year we visited the Islamic Museum of Melbourne. Well it seems that you have taken to the idea likes ducks to water!
Queen of Heavenly Peace
The 'Blackbird' was full to capacity - and what an adventure. The western suburbs of Melbourne are rich with stories and characters; its a place where cultures weave into a rich fabric, industry sits surrounded by parks and the Maribyrnong winds its way through it all and behind each bend is surprise.
Christine Carlton from our sister organisation in NSW joined us!
Not sure how we can top this as a social gathering. Maybe Teena has another idea tucked up her sleeve!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Kate Lawrence is podcasting.

"Story Wise Woodend" features personal stories told at the monthly events Kate holds at the Holgates Hotel, Woodend.

I recommend it.

Kate's love of people and their tales is as compelling as the stories themselves. An intro episode and two full episodes into the series and Kate's depth and breadth of knowledge about how stories work as a path between the teller and their audience is already well demonstrated.

Vibrant, passionate, real people sharing their insights, their triumphs and tragedies, their humour and their heartbreak.

A recording may never capture the visceral buzz I get from attending live story telling but it can showcase the talent and archive the tales such events bring together. I defy anyone to listen to Kate's output and not feel drawn to the nearest story telling evening.

A seed sown a year ago is germinating into something wonderful. Kate's onto a winner.

Subscribe via iTunes.
Listen online HERE

The words above come from storyteller Matt McArthur. Thanks Matt. We love it when members send in reviews, observations and updates on their adventures. And congratulations Kate on a superb series of storytelling nights that we can now all enjoy wherever, we are in the world. (Jackie K blog ed.)

Monday, November 7, 2016

Fabled Nights in Newport - 18 November 2016

* Regulars please note: there is a change of venue. We will be in the new Newport Community Hub, enter via the park. We will be in Room 2 next to the library with access to a wonderful kitchen! Maybe we can dream of more than cake!

This is our final Fabled Nights in Newport for 2016. Let's celebrate and pat ourselves on the back. We are a new storytelling gathering in Melbourne and we can only grow!

For newcomers: Fabled Nights in Newport is an open-hearted space for people who want to learn to craft true tales, traditional stories, tall tales and yarns; heart to heart and without notes. We welcome beginners and experienced folks. So come and strut your stuff, share what you know, try out a new story or tell a tale for the first time. Or, if you prefer, relax, enjoy the this growing storytelling community, and listen. We are a friendly bunch and take pride in our hospitable evenings.

There's room for around 10 storytellers and we ask that stories be no longer than about 10 minutes, give or take.

There will be tea/coffee and biccies.
There are food venues nearby in Mason Street. Or feel free to bring some food and wine and make yourselves comfortable.
The Hub is a short walk from the Newport Station.

We ask that kind hearts and common sense prevail - misogynist, racist and homophobic stories hurt people. Please don’t bring them to 'Fabled Nights in Newport'.

WHERE: Newport Community Hub 13 Mason Street Newport. MAP
WHEN 7.30 - 10.00
COST: $3.00 members $5.00 non members

This month's event banner shows some story enthusiasts huddled around the fire at the Newport Folk Festival in July. The soup was excellent!

The November Storytelling in the RAW Garden 2016

Storytelling Vic has been exploring the idea of partnerships this year.

Our first partnership is with the RAW Garden. This beautiful initiative by Mariam Issa involves her and her family opening up their garden for public engagement. The garden is based in permaculture principles and there is a fabulous outdoor kitchen area where people gather and share ideas around food and culture.

R -L Mariam and Dee (credit: Jackie Kerin)
Mariam invited us to bring storytelling into the garden and many of our members and friends have helped draw this vision into focus with a storytelling event on the first Sunday of the month.

Heartfelt thanks to Cadu Cinelli (Brazil), Jackie Kerin, Suzanne Sandow, Kim Billington, Niki Na Meadhra, Roslyn Quin, Clare Coburn, Kate Lawrence, Teena Hartnett, Sue Charters (Canada), Astrid Mendez (Chile), Durgah Devi Palanisamy and David Demant who have contributed time and stories.

We enjoyed our final gathering for 2016 with storyteller Dee (Durgah Devi Palanisamy).
                                                                                Photo:Tatiana Scott
 Dee cooked up a great pot of curry, Mariam provided the rice and others were invited to bring a plate to share.

Photo:Tatiana Scott
As well as hearing the story behind the meaning of Diwali, we celebrated Dee's move to Australia with her family, twelve months ago.
Photo:Tatiana Scott
RAW Garden Storytelling is now well established and will continue throughout 2017 with Dee holding the space for people come and share tales or listen. Thank you Dee for joining Storytelling Australia Vic, embracing this event and nurturing the storytelling community in this part of Melbourne. Through you, our relationships with tellers throughout Asia is strengthened. And thank you to Mariam who came to us and suggested a partnership and for bringing us closer to Somalian storytelling traditions and culture. How blessed are we!

(By the way, these happy chooks live under a mulberry tree that is currently dripping with fruit.)

Photo: Jackie Kerin

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Nell Bell 1926 - 2016

It is with sadness and respect we inform you that Nell Bell, founding member and former president of our association under its original name, The Storytelling Guild of Victoria, has died.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Nell's family and friends. We are grateful to Nell and to her legacy. Please take time to read about her rich life and contribution to storytelling in Australia in this article researched and written by Louisa John-Krol.

There will be a service to celebrate Nell's life on Wednesday the 16th November Between 2 and 4pm at the Northcote Town Hall.