Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Story House and Garden: Words in Winter in Daylesford

Kissing the Blarney as it Flies 
with Storyteller Niki Na Meadhra
 
The Story House and Garden welcomes much loved Melbourne based storyteller Niki Na Meadhra to Daylesford with her show Kissing the Blarney. 
 
It is is a weave of tales about Niki’s origins; Irish immigrant ancestors who settled in and around Daylesford and Yandoit. These stories are entwined with the legends and myths collected on her 2015 storytelling tour of Ireland. Niki pays homage to the Celtic Warrior Women with snippets from her show Fair and Furious.

‘... storytelling taken to the next level - Art, a melding of fine acting and fine story-telling. She is an experienced actor, who is passionate about her Irish heritage, and relishes its extravagance, comedy and craftiness.‘                                                                          Frances Devlin-Glass The Celtic Club

WHEN
Saturday 5th August 3 - 4.30pm (Show and afternoon tea)
                                       7.30pm - 9pm (Show with Bubbles and snacks)

 Sunday 6th August 11 - 12.30 (Show with morning tea)

WHERE
Story House and Garden
52 Millar Street. Daylesford

ENQUIRIES
Info@storyhouseandgarden.com
Ph 0408 550 945

COST 
$25
 
A Spell of Poetry 
Allis Hamilton
Photo of Allis Hamilton by Fyrefly

Fresh from reading her poetry in London, Allis Hamilton will perform and read her poems, some perhaps with music. Allis is a host of Castlemaine's poetry readings: PoetiCas. Here is a chance to hear her perform her own work.
 
She is an internationally published writer of words that create a sense of wonder, myth and magic. At times funny, at times thought provoking.
 
WHEN
Sunday 6th August 1.30 -2.30 (Show with morning tea)
 
WHERE
Story House and Garden
52 Millar Street. Daylesford

Ph 0408 550 945
 
COST 
$20
 

 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

THERAPEUTIC STORYTELLING WORKSHOP with Kim Billington

Suitable for counsellors, psychologists and teachers

Friday 1st September 2017, 9 - 4pm in Ashburton


About the Workshop

Learn storytelling methods and explore folktales which can help children (and adults) who are facing challenges. Enrich your therapeutic relationships and create opportunities to explore the effects of trauma and loss and create hope and healing. 6 CPD points credit and a certificate of attendance provided.

Course overview:
Learn how the ancient art of storytelling can help to understand and tolerate the stresses of life. Experience first-hand a method to enrich therapeutic relationships and create opportunities to explore the effects of trauma and loss. Stories contain hidden messages about possible ways of overcoming adversity. Stories use metaphors that can change the way we see ourselves and our world. They help to connect us to each other and help in finding meaning and hope.  Storytelling encompasses both external therapeutic input and child-directed healing.

Rather than a day of power points, this workshop will be interactive and practical with ample demonstrations, group work and brief exercises to develop skills. You will have a chance to consider why storytelling works, how to introduce and incorporate storytelling in counselling, gain a resource of sample stories as well as ideas of where to look for suitable stories for therapy.

Included in the day will be discussion of your own experiences in hearing stories told and how particular stories address common experiences such as: fear of failure, loss of control, loss of happiness, facing evil, seeing that bad things happen, longing for peace and resolution, finding helpers along the way and discovering hope.

 
Workshop Facilitator

Kim Billington - Masters in Counselling; Masters in Narrative Therapy and Community Work

Workshop Venue

WellSpring Centre - 10 Y Street, Ashburton, Melbourne. Residential street parking and walking distance to trains and buses.

Workshop Details Email enquiries to:

Included in the workshop price:
6 CPD points/hours (12 hours for AASW members)
Comprehensive Bound Seminar Workbook
Certificate of Attendance
Lunch, Morning & Afternoon Teas
GST
9am - 4pm Training
Early bird savings for bookings made two months prior to training.
 
To Register: HERE 
Email enquiries: info@sydneycentreforcreativechange.com.au

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Fabled Nights in Newport: July 21

 
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.
 

There's room for around 10 storytellers and we ask that stories be no longer than 10 minutes, give or take. We ask that stories be said not read.
 

Let kind hearts and commonsense prevail: racist and homophobic stories hurt people so please don't bring them to 'Fabled Nights'.


WHEN: July 21

TIME: 7.30 - 10.00

WHERE: Newport HUB 13 mason Street Newport
 

COST: $5.00 or $3.00 (Storytelling Vic and Newport Fiddle and Folk Club members). No Booking required.

'Fabled Nights in Newport' is a partnership event with Hobsons Bay Libraries and is supported by the Newport Fiddle and Folk Club.

PARKING: There is free parking at the rear of the building. Coming from Mason Street, turn left at Durkin Street then left into the car park. Entry to the HUB is from the park.

* Thanks to Alex Kharman for this banner pic. Taken with a mobile phone, at the recent Newport Folk Festival.

Singing from Country

Storytelling Victoria has been sitting on the steering committee for this project alongside Community Music Victoria and the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages.

The aim is to inspire songwriters, choirs and other community members to learn about, appreciate and celebrate Country. The driver for the project was the concern that 'Many Victorians are street-wise but not land-literate' and that music and songs can turn this around. Songs tell stories and sung together, can deepen love for land, knowledge and strengthen community.

Singing from Country is an ambitious notion. This video of the pilot project tells the story so far. Enjoy.

Learn more about the project HERE

Newport Folk Festival

Many thanks to the storytellers who contributed to our events in the Newport Folk Festival. Here is glimpse for those of you who couldn't be with us.
Kate Lawrence and Durgah Devi Palanisamy conducted a 90 minute workshop How to Tell a Folk Tale. And in the  evening, workshop attendees had the opportunity to share their stories at Stories by the Fire.
The Festival had the use of the Newport Substation, a magnificent industrial building, re-purposed as an arts venue. A grand space for a workshop!

 By contrast, Stories by the Fire took place in the humble wooden Scout Hall over the road.

Kate, Dee and Jackie
Kate, Dee and Jackie enjoyed a well-earned glass of wine at the end of the day.  When all is said and done, creating welcoming spaces for people to share stories is a lovely thing to do.

Huge thanks to Alex Kharnam and Matt McArthur who lugged lights, helped set up the spaces and generally attended to organising the spaces, as well as telling stories.

And massive thanks to Fionnula Smyth who heated soup, buttered bread, brewed chai, washed cups and pots and generally kept the kitchen in order so the guests at Stories by the Fire would have full stomachs as well as full hearts.

Fionnula and Jackie
Nicola Johnson, Stephen Whiteside,Maggie Sommerville, Alex Kharnam. Alan and Dave Davies
Others of our storytelling telling family were kept busy with rhyming verse. What Australian folk festival would be complete without without a little comic verse? In a session called What Rhymes with Funnybone, Alex joined Dave and Alan Davies, Stephen Whiteside and Maggie Sommerville with a mix of trad and original poems.

And that is the end of the winter festivals for us. Its been a busy few weeks for the storytellers!


Thursday, June 29, 2017

INVITATION: A Fairy Tale Evening


  
When: Thursday 20th July 6pm

Where: Melbourne Athenaeum Library, Level 1, 188 Collins St, City Loop

What: oral storytelling, music, literature, transmedia & visual arts

Who: suitable for adults/ teens/ tweens (not young children)

Cost: $15, or $10 for members of Storytelling Australia Victoria, the Athenaeum Library and/or the Australian Fairy Tale Society

Theme: Roses - come in costume if you dare!
Light catering (no alcohol, but there is a cafe/bar adjacent to venue)

RSVP: Tuesday 18th July:
Australian Fairy Tale Society : HERE 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

EXCITEMENT AT SAV CENTRAL!!!

Its mid winter, the sky is grey and the washing won't dry!
But at SAV Central we're celebrating the refresh of our website, thanks to Kate Lawrence.

We, who meet monthly via teleconference (and other times besides) to keep the wheels turning for Storytelling Vic, are motivated by a passion for the art of oral storytelling in all its forms, and the sharing of stories to strengthen and connect communities. We are volunteers!!

So THANK YOU to Kate who has brightened our website and added more bells and whistles.

Also a  HUGE thank you to committee member Louisa John-Krol (president of the Australian Fairy Tale Society) for the work she has done on the history of this organisation. This task has taken Louisa several years of meticulous research and we are grateful.

So the next time you visit Storytelling Australia Victoria, you are in for a surprise.

Enjoy! 


REMINDER: Newport Folk Festival events: Saturday July 1

Looking forward to seeing many of you at this festival. Already several of our members have signed up as volunteers as well as contributing to events.

Work Shop: Telling Folk Tales
Facilitated by Kate and Dee
TIME: Saturday 11.30 - 1.00
WHERE: The Substation, Upstairs Studio

Open Floor: Stories by the Fire
Come and join Kate and Dee and share a tale (maybe one you learned at the workshop!)
TIME: 6.00 - 8.00
WHERE: Newport Scout Hall
Soup, chai and Cake will be served.

And look whose performing in: What Rhymes with Funnybone?
Alex Kharnam is stepping out from behind the camera and joining Alan and Dave Davies in presenting a bunch of hilarious and possibly silly poems.
TIME: 1.00 - 2.00
WHERE: The Substation, Upstairs Studio


Tickets: HERE

Thank you No Worries Curries for donating the chai for Stories by the Fire. Claudette, what would we do with out you?

Storytelling at the Williamstown Literary Festival

The Williamstown Literary Festival offered Storytelling Vic a session  to promote our organisation and our events. While inviting broad discussion and guests from afar into Hobsons Bay, the Festival has a strong local (western suburbs) focus.

The Literary Festival is situated in the Williamstown Town Hall which is  connected to the library, making a fluid space for 'festivalising'! It was particularly apt that we presented in the Library as we are fortunate to have attracted Hobsons Bay Library as a partner for our monthly gathering, Fabled Nights in Newport, giving us the Newport venue for no cost.

Several of Story Vic's 'westies' stepped up to the stage and did us proud, sharing true tales, fairy tale, and a little recitation. Dee represented our monthly event in the RAW Garden, which she now hosts for Storytelling Vic.

Our little video gives you a taste of the event.

Many thanks to the storytellers who gave of their time and talents to promote Storytelling Australia Victoria. As supporters of the Williamstown Literary Festival, we were well recognised alongside other fine organisations and individuals.

And thank you to Alex Kharnam and Miles who filmed and took stills of  'Before there were Books, there were Storytellers' so we can share something of the event with those of you who couldn't join us on the day.

You can read more about the Williamstown Literary Festival HERE

The Australian Fairy Tale Society Conference: Truth , Reality. Fiction On A European Bed

The fourth annual AFTS Conference was held in the Glen Eira Town Hall as part of the Glen Eira Storytelling Festival.

The day was a mix of academic presentations,  practical advice (grant writing) and activities.
Delegates flew in from as far away as Western and South Australia and drove into town from Ballarat and Castlemaine.

Ideas were traded in words and images, in English, Tamil and Singalese.

Dee (Durgah Devi) Palanisamy set the theme with her keynote, emphasizing the subjective tension in the notion of 'Truth'.

Dee (Durgah Devi) Palanisamy
The question of what is an Australian Fairy Tale was given a strenuous workout and the unresolved relationship, many have to the colonial past was unpacked and referenced many times throughout the day.

Cakes were baked and consumed with gusto; although it felt like an act of vandalism chomping into them.
 The Society has created a perennial award to be presented every year in acknowledgment of the work contributed to the discussion and awareness of Fairy Tale. This year the recipient was Dr Belinda Calderone: former president of the AFTS and one of the founders of the now closed, Monash Fairy Tale Salon.

Activity designed by Jo Henwood, 'A Quilt for the Mattresses'


Presenters: Lorena Carrington, Debra Phillips, Roslyn Quin, Patsy Poppenbeek, Fiona Price, Erin McCuskey, Jo Henwood, Catherine Snell and Phillipa Adgemis.
MC: Jackie Kerin.

Congratulations to the AFTS on a successful and inspiring conference. The next one will be in NSW in 2018.
Keep and eye on the AFTS website for details, become a member, and participate in this national organisation.


Check out the rich offerings from the Glen Eira Storytelling Festival

Friday, June 16, 2017

Can you help Kate find a new venue for Story Wise Women?

 
Hello Story Enthusiasts,

I’m hoping someone out there might be able to help me. I’m trying to find a new venue for Story Wise Women, a monthly storytelling night. There are no set up requirements, just chairs in rows and a space up front. Of course raked seating and wonderful ambience would be perfect, but stories can be heard no matter where they are. My preference is for a place on the inner north side of town, (or anywhere near a Tulla freeway exit as I come from out of town). Essential is a private space, a room or area that can be closed off. Desirable is a cafe and/or bar attached or nearby. Happy to pay rental per night. Numbers? I reckon 30 - 50 seats would be perfect, to give us bit more room to grow. If you have any ideas, I’d love to hear them.

Thank you
Kate Lawrence
Phone: 0402 080 445
Email: kate@storywise.com.au

(Good luck with the search Kate. Let us know when you have the new venue and we'll help spread the news. ed.)

Monday, June 12, 2017

Newport Folk Festival: Storytelling 1st July

Workshop: Telling Folk Tales 

 
Before TV, folks gathered to share stories and sing. Learn how to tell a traditional story with a twinkle in your eye. Facilitated by Kate Lawrence and Durgah Devi Palanisamy (Dee) from Storytelling Australia Vic. These two will have you telling tales before you can say 'Once upon a time..'

WHEN: Saturday, July 1 at 11:30 AM - 1 PM 
WHERE: Newport Substation: 1 Market Street Newport (BIG red brick building next to station)

Later in the evening, you can bring your story to Stories by the Fire and share them by the hearth.

Open Floor: Stories by the Fire

Following your workshop (although this is not a prerequisite), come along to  STORIES BY THE FIRE  Kate and Dee will be there to welcome and to encourage you to share your story. 

Come and listen or put your name on the board and share a tale: all genres of story welcome - 8 minutes or less.

Warm your toes by the fire at this open-hearted event. Soup, cake and chai will be served!


You can purchase a weekend or daily ticket to the Folk Festival and this will get you into STORIES BY THE FIRE  and TELLING FOLK TALES and anything else that takes your fancy. Check out the full Festival program, there is much to enjoy. 

WHEN: Saturday, July 1 at 6:00 AM - 8.00 PM 
WHERE: Newport Scout Hall: opposite The Substation in Market Street.

Ticket info: HERE  
Festival program and all info HERE

Greetings from Jan 'Yarn' Wositzky

Greetings everyone, from frosty mornings and sunny days here in Castlemaine. Hunkering down for the winter and doing the odd gig in early July, including these two BILARNI gigs if anyone is around Baynton (central Vic, near Mia Mia) and Queenscliff, both gigs hosted by great people from local community organisations.

Cheers, keep warm, Jan.

BILARNI
Acclaimed storytelling theatre. In a land where everything and nothing is black and white, ‘Yarn’ Wositzky tracks the ‘expert’ on Aborigines, the greatest yarn spinner of them all, WE (Bill) Harney (1895-1962).

July 1 – BAYNTON
WHEN Sat. 1 July @ 7.00 for 7.30 start
WHERE Baynton Hall, 51 Darlington Rd, Baynton
(between Kyneton & Heathcote, near Mia Mia)
COST $20 incl. supper
BOOK trybooking.com/QHOU
0427 237 144

July 8 – QUEENSCLIFF
WHEN Sat. 8 July @ 5pm
WHERE Queenscliff Uniting Church
(Cnr Hesse & Stokes St.)
COST $25 incl. supper (kids 5-15: $5)
BOOK http://www.unitingqueenscliff.org.au
ENQUIRE 5258 2854

News from Singapore

StoryFest Singapore 2 - 4 June 'Stories for Change' 2017

From Melbourne to Singapore is approximately 8 hours.  This positions Singapore neatly as a meeting point for storytellers living on opposite sides of the equator.

It was with great excitement, I had the pleasure of participating in the inaugural International StoryFest Singapore 2 - 4 June 'Stories for Change'.

As with all inaugural events, there was enormous good will and energy and a sense that we were contributing to a new and significant Festival.

The creative producer, Kamini Ramachandran is familiar to many Australian storytellers who frequent the Sydney International Storytelling Conference and the more distant, Beyond the Border Festival and Festival at the Edge (Wales).

This inaugural edition of StoryFest celebrated both the artistic practice of storytelling and applied storytelling and there was a rich mix of events to choose from.
Xanthe Greshem-Knight with 'The Shahnameh'
International guests premiered: Xanthe Gresham-Knight, Steve Killick and myself, Jackie Kerin and between us we presented three workshops, two children's shows, a collaborative set of tales and a solo show.
Steve Killick, Jackie Kerin, Kamini Ramachandran following 'Journey through Asia'
However the overseas guests were the tip of the iceberg: Playback Theatre conducted a session and some of Singapore's key storytelling organisations were showcased: Storytelling Association (Singapore), Singapore Monologue Slam, Story Slam SG and Telling Stories Live.

A highlight among highlights for me was A Tapestry of Tales, an evening celebrating emerging young storytellers who had come through the Young Storytellers Mentorship Project demonstrating the importance of giving future artists the chance to learn the art and craft of oral storytelling.

Having an international event so close to Australia is an exciting initiative bringing the best of world storytelling to our doorstep.

The flights to Singapore are surprisingly cheap, starting at $600 return. Accommodation in the city is pricey, as expected, but there are plenty of economical options outside of the CBD  and linked by train to the sites of Singapore. And of course, many of us are already used to further cutting costs by sharing rooms and transport. And tickets to the events are very reasonably priced.

I highly recommend keeping an eye on StoryFest Singapore. You will no doubt bump into colleagues and friends from your social networks and previous gatherings.

I had a splendid, if not hot and sticky time in Singapore. I was treated with great warmth and respect as a visiting storyteller at StoryFest Singapore. I thank Kamini and the team for their impeccable support and I'm thrilled to see an International event of this calibre so close to our shores. I am aiming to return as a listener in 2018 and you are welcome to join me! 
 
Visit the StoryFest Singapore website HERE
Follow StoryFest on Facebook HERE 


And other news...

398.2 Festival: 19 November and 25 November 2017

While in Singapore, I had the opportunity to meet  Roger Jenkins who organises the 398.2 Festival. This event takes its name from numbers in the Dewey Decimal System - 398.2 being the shelf where you will find the folk and fairy stories.
Roger Jenkins and storyteller Alice Bianchi-Clark
As the title suggests, the focus for this event is around libraries, families and children. Roger began the Festival in 2015 and its proving very popular. The heart of the celebrations is a central space with rotating storytellers delivering 15 minute family friendly sessions from 11.00am - 8.00pm. There are break out rooms which offer things like: story and craft activities, a preschool space and Other Language Storytelling (stories are told in different languages every 15 minutes).

As well as 398.2 Roger and Singaporean storyteller Sheila Wee, are working to create A Federation of Asian storytellers (FEAST). Inspired by FEST (Federation for European Story Telling). The vision is to connect storytellers across Asia via a virtual organisation. This is in contrast to FEST which seeks to connect organisations rather than individuals. Asian countries would include: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Taiwan, China ...

Roger also runs a monthly storytelling gathering called The Story Line where folks of all experience gather to share stories and practice the craft.

Visit 398.2 Festival HERE
Facebook HERE 

So there you have it ... Storytelling friends and colleagues, you were in my thoughts and I hope you find this brief summary of my trip helpful and perhaps I have persuaded you to think about a trip to StoryFest Singapore in 2018. Keep an eye on the program for announcements as they appear.

And before signing off, I'd like to acknowledge 'Fabled Nights in Newport' as the place where I practised my stories for Singapore and the support of Vic storytellers Alex Kharnam who advised and assisted on light and portable set and props and video footage, and Durgah Devi Palanisamy for her help with pronunciation.

Jackie Kerin


Monday, May 22, 2017

Williamstown Literary Festival: Before There Were Books, There Were Storytellers

Melbourne was designated the first and only UNESCO City of Literature in Australia, and the second in the world. Spoken word, as both poetry and storytelling, is part of this city’s rich literary environment. Every night of the week, people gather to tell and listen to stories: in libraries, pubs, cafes, on stages and in drafty halls. Stories maybe packaged in books and films but the gentle art of telling is a sweet pleasure all of its own.

Storytelling Vic will be at the Willi Lit Fest with a session of stories to promote our key events, associations and partnerships.

  • Fabled Nights in Newport is a monthly gathering on the third Friday of the month, held in partnership with Hobsons Bay Libraries.
  • RAW Garden Storytelling in East Brighton is another partner event on the first Sunday of the month.
 Storytelling Vic also enjoys a supportive relationship with the Newport Fiddle and Folk Club.

These storytellers are giving their time and talents to this festival in the west; a taste of the variety of tale spinning that goes on under our logo.
  • Mary O'Meara tells personal stories of life growing up in Williamstown and Foostcray in the 1960s.
  • Matt McArthur (Diver Matt) is a marine ecologist.  Living by the Bay in Altona, Matt is one of our science storytellers.
  • Dave Davies is a member of the Newport Fiddle and Folk Club and has been reciting verse and telling tall stories for over 60 years. One of his favourites is C.J. Dennis.
  • Durgah Devi Palanisamy (Dee) moved to Australia from Singapore almost two years ago. A member of the Singapore Storytelling Association, Dee is a link to our storytelling neighbours to the north. She also hosts our monthly gatherings at the RAW Garden. Dee specialises in Asian Folk Tale.
  • Jackie Kerin has a passion for working with her Hobsons Bay community in collaborative projects highlighting the local wetlands and birds and Botanic Gardens through storytelling. Several years ago, she met musician Sarah Depasquale and the Newport Folk Club and they are now a familiar storytelling duo in the western suburbs of Melbourne and beyond. Jackie also hosts Fabled Nights in Newport for Storytelling Vic.
 Check our the Lit Fest details HERE
 Our event is..
WHERE: Williamstown Town Hall. 104 Ferguson Street Williamstown
WHEN: Sunday 18 June
TIME: 2.00 pm

This event is free but BOOKINGS are essential. come along and support us and enjoy a little of the Festival buzz and a coffee or a wine in Williamstown.

Thank you to the storytellers who are supporting storytelling at the Williamstown Literary Festival.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Glen Eira City Council Storytelling Festival


 There is much to explore in the rich program of events. For the spoken word enthusiasts, there are open mic opportunities through out the festival.

And the annual AUSTRALIAN FAIRY TALE SOCIETY CONFERENCE is nestled into this festival as well

WHEN: 22 June to 9 July
WHERE: Multiple venues - check out the website
ALL THE INFO HERE

Fabled Nights in Newport: 16 June

Matt McArthur (Diver Matt) weaving his spell at the the May Fabled Night

'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.
There's room for around 10 storytellers and we ask that stories be no longer than 10 minutes, give or take. We ask that stories be said not read.
Let kind hearts and commonsense prevail: racist and homophobic stories hurt people so please don't bring them to 'Fabled Nights'.

COST: $5.00 or $3.00 (Storytelling Vic and Newport Fiddle and Folk Club members). No Booking required.

'Fabled Nights in Newport' is a partnership event with Hobsons Bay Libraries and is supported by the Newport Fiddle and Folk Club.

*The HUB has wheelchair access.

DATE: June 16
TIME: 7.30 - 10.00
PLACE: Newport HUB 13 Mason Street Newport
(close to Newport Station)
PARKING: There is free parking at the rear of the building. Coming from Mason Street, turn left at Durkin Street then left into the car park. Entry to the HUB is from the park.

In May we were taken behind the scenes of a children's birthday party in a Fairy Shop, treated to a Norwegian tale of Troll magic, driving lessons in the 1950s, the power of small gestures of love, the risks of the workplace and a pourquoi story from Korea. And Matt shared a hilarious, visceral underwater experience - delivered with great style! Thanks to all who stayed and helped put the room back in order and clean up the kitchen. Without the storytellers and the listeners, urn boilers and the cake makers, there would be no Fabled Nights!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

RAW Garden Storytelling 4 June


RAW Garden Storytelling is a partnership event with Mariam Issa and the RAW Garden and Storytelling Vic. The Garden celebrates the uniqueness and aspirations of multicultural women through gardening, storytelling, crafts and cooking. Durgah Devi Palanisamy (Dee) from Storytelling Vic is our host. Dee will have a mix of special guests and story games and there is always a space for friends to tell a tale.
WHEN: Sunday 4 June
WHERE: RAW Garden 325 South Road Brighton East
TIME: 12.00 - 2.00 PM
COST: $15.00 or $10.00 Storytelling Vic members
No booking necessary. Pay at the gate.
Tea and sweet snacks provided. Bring a small plate of something savoury to share.


 Here we are in MAY
At the May gathering we could see that the garden is shifting into winter mode. The trees are losing their leaves, the sky was grey but the storytellers were very cosy. 
 
Lucinda and Caroline had the urn boiling and rugs provided to keep us warm. Astrid came back to the garden with her traveling tale - The Pilgrim. And of course Dee kept the stories flowing.
 
Come and join us in June for more stories.

Breaking News from the Australian Fairy Tale Society


A BURSARY FOR THE AFTS CONFERENCE
 
We want as many people who are interested in exploring fairy tales from an Australian perspective to join us at our annual conference this year, and so, for the first time ever, the Australian Fairy Tale Society is thrilled to be able to offer a bursary.
Check out our website to download the application form and get it back to us by Friday 26 May. The decision will be made on or before 4 June, well in time for the conference.
Good luck! We really, really want to see you there!
Bursary includes:
  • Conference registration
  • Transport up to $250
  • Accomodation up to $100 per night for 2 nights
  • A 'fairy godmother/father" as conference mentor

Details HERE

ALSO A MEMBERSHIP OFFER ...

Join or renew your AFTS membership before you register for the conference and you can save -
$95 for non members (already pretty inexpensive for an all day conference)
or $65 for members + $25 annual membership fee = $90 total for a year of being part of our community.

Current members, now is your time. Remember membership expires on 31 May and we don't want to lose you.

Membership details HERE 

(Thanks for keeping us in the loop AFTS)

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Gael Cresp: Baking: Stories for Grown Ups.

Once again no props, no script, no recitation: just stories told in the oldest way.
This is a free event hosted by the West Gippsland Regional Library in Wonthaggi.
The stories are directed at adults, but folk of any age will enjoy themselves if they come along take a seat, open their ears and listen.

This is the second last in this series so come along and be entertained, amused and possibly even enlightened.
Gael is a life member of Storytelling Australia Victoria.

WHEN: May 2
DAY AND TIME: Wednesday at 11 AM
WHERE: Wonthaggi Library. 6 Murray Street Wonthaggi
FREE

Learn more about Gael HERE
Thank you for sharing with us Gael (Ed.)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Story Wise Women: True, Personal Storytelling Nights for Women May 2


Women's experiences are different, how we see the world, how we are treated in the world, how we make sense of the world are unique and diverse. 

Women's stories are not heard as loudly, as often, as seriously or as humourously as they could be.  

Women need space and time to tell, to be heard, to listen and connect through sharing our 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.  

This is an open opportunity eight women to tell a 5 - 8 minute true story - no notes, it happened to you, and for the rest of us to listen. There is no obligation to tell a story, in fact listeners are needed just as much as tellers. Check the event details for the monthly theme. 

May Theme: Sickness and Health
Tell us a story of the body, how a crisis of health, your own or someone around you, came to your life. Tell us about the vomit, blood, guts and pain.  Tell us about sickness in a relationship, your heart or your mind, tell us about the doctors and nurses, the patients, the tests, the fears and acceptance.


WHERE: Long Play: 318 St Georges Road, North Fitzroy 
* Get a drink, settle in, or come earlier for dinner, the kitchen opens at 6pm.
WHEN: Ist Tuesday of the month
TIME: 7.30 pm - 10.00pm
COST: $15.00 05 $10.00 concession
BOOKINGS:  HERE

Learn more about Story Wise Women and Kate Lawrence HERE
Enquiries: Kate@storywise.com.au  0402 080 445 

Story Play Day: 13 May

Your invited to the May Story Play Day - A day of playing storytelling games, of practicing and sharing our storytelling skills. This Play Day is about stretching our mind, body and storytelling muscles, picking up new storytelling tips and tricks, and practicing the story skills we already know that help to keep us on our toes.

The next Story Play Day is on Saturday May 13th 2017
(Second Saturday of the month)

Starts at 11.00am and finishes at 4.30 pm - it is an open and relaxed day so come when you can and leave when you must!

* Small children welcome! This is a family friendly event.

Costs:
$15 waged
$10 unwaged
SAV member and youth $5
Children 8 years and under free
Pay on the day!

Can I lead a Session?
Sign up to lead a story game / activity or to lead a short story skills workshop and you get free entry to the Storytelling Play Day.

Please email Lana if you would like to sign up to lead a session or for more details at lanawoolf@sparkingchange.com.au

What shall I bring?
Bring your playfulness, enthusiam, quick wit, and a plate to share for lunch - if it is lovely weather, we can eat outside in the park and have a picnic - otherwise we will go inside to the Knowledge Market for all our activities.

Herbal tea, coffee and water will be provided

What does the day look like?

11.00 to 11.30 - Registration
11.30 to 12.15 - Opening Story Circle
12.15 to 1.00 - Lunch
1.00 to 1.45 - Suzanne Sandow - Group improv story activity
1.45 to 2.00 - Break
2.00 to 2.45 - Lana Woolf - Hot Shoe Shuffle activity
2.45 to 3.00 - Break
3.00 to 3.45 - Session four. - TBC
3.45 to 4.30 - Closing Story Circle

About the facilitator:
Lana Woolf is an artist who weaves together the myth, history
and biography of her life in epic narrative form through storytelling, poetry and multimedia arts. She loves to get other people talking too! She hosts conference sessions, workshops, book clubs, radio shows and book launches, She is is passionate about teaching poetry and storytelling and is the Creative Director of Sparking Change, an Australia based organisation that uses StoryWork for Social Change.
www.sparkingchange.com.au
www.lanawoolf.com

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Jan "Yarn" Wozitsky" CANAKKALE GALLIPOLI. April 25



Hello Folks,

I've a new rendition of my long-running show CANAKKALE GALLIPOLI, this time with the superb Jack Norton, a master of Turkish music, joining me to play oud, saz, tanbur and percussion. Jack studied Turkish music in Istanbul, and he's bringing great depth to the musical side of this show.

It's on Anzac Day at Steilglitz (b/w Geelong & Ballan) & Castlemaine on FRi 28 (see below).

I’ve not performed the show since the overbearingly nationalistic and sentimental 2015 centenary, so for those who may fear this is in that vein, assuredly it’s not - it’s an alternative, human version of this story that I hope transcends, and undercuts, nationalism - and tells it from both sides.

As Ted Egan says in one of the songs I use:
“They say old soldiers never die
But young ones do and I ask why?"

All details below, and hope to see you if you're in this area.
Cheers, Jan.

Tuesday 25 April (Anzac Day) @ 2.30pm
Stieglitz Hall, Stieglitz (between Ballan & Geelong)
$20. Book with Pete or Christine: 03 5281 9253
Friday 28 April @ 8pm
Old Castlemaine Gaol

$25. Book: HERE

RAW Garden Storytelling: Sunday May 7



RAW Garden Storytelling is a partnership event with Mariam Issa and the RAW Garden. The Garden celebrates the uniqueness and aspirations of multicultural women through gardening, storytelling, crafts and cooking. Durgah Devi Palanisamy (Dee) from Storytelling Vic is our host. Dee will have a mix of special guests and story games and there is always a space for friends to tell a tale.

WHERE: 325 South Road Brighton East 

WHEN: Sunday May 7
TIME: 12.00 - 2.00 pm
COST: $15.00 or $10.00 Storytelling Vic members
No booking necessary. Pay at the gate.

Tea and sweet snacks provided. Bring a small plate of something savoury to share.

Event banner: photo by Tatiana Scott: HERE

More information about RAW: HERE

Monday, April 17, 2017

Gael Cresp: Travellers - Stories for Grown-ups

"Before there were books there were Stories" (Jackie Kerin). No props, no script, no recitation: just stories told in the oldest way.
This is a free event hosted by the West Gippsland Regional Library in Wonthaggi.
The stories are directed at adults, but folk of any age will enjoy themselves if they come along take a seat, open their ears and listen.
Gael is a life member of Storytelling Australia Victoria.

WHERE: Wonthaggi Library, Murray Street, Wonthaggi
WHEN: 19 April  
TIME: 11 AM - 12 PM
COST: FREE 

Learn more about Gael HERE 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

'Fabled Nights in Newport': April 21st

'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.
There's room for around 10 storytellers and we ask that stories be no longer than 10 minutes, give or take. We ask that stories be said not read.
Let kind hearts and commonsense prevail: racist and homophobic stories hurt people so please don't bring them to 'Fabled Nights'


SPECIAL GUEST: visiting storyteller Lavanya Prasad from Bangalore
This month we are looking forward to welcoming a special storytelling guest to Fabled Nights. Lavanya Prasad is visiting Melbourne from Bangalore. Lavanya is a Professional Storyteller, applying stories in all walks of life. She conducts workshops for children and adults using stories as a medium. She also does regular storytelling sessions in Libraries, Bookstores, and Schools for children. If you wish, you can contact Lavanya via her Facebook page HERE
 

WHERE: Newport Community HUB. 13 Mason Street Newport
WHEN: 21 April. 7.30 - 10.00 pm
COST: $5.00 or $3.00 (Storytelling Vic and Newport Fiddle and Folk Club members). No Booking required.

'Fabled Nights in Newport' is a partnership event with Hobsons Bay Libraries and is supported by the Newport Fiddle and Folk Club.

Matt McArthur: The Laborastory (April)

Story Vic science storyteller Matt McArthur rocked it at The April Laborastory. Here Matt is telling the story of William Speirs Bruce, Scottish naturalist, polar scientist and oceanographer who organized and led the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition (1902–04) to the South Orkney Islands and the Weddell Sea. 
 Matt is also a podcaster and decided to celebrated 42 episodes of his pod cast 'Ice Coffee' by baking dozens of chocolate cup cakes decorated with an image of Antarctica. (Cake has really found its place among us!)
Matt has been making good use of the Fabled Nights in Newport to craft his stories. It would be wonderful if more science communicators came along and used the evenings to shape and polish their ripping yarns.  If you are reading this and you are a science nerd, come along. We'd love to hear your stories. 

You can visit Diver Matt's website HERE
If you enjoy science stories, The Laborastory is a monthly event HERE

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Workshop: Addressing Racism: Examining our racist stories


Racism exists, and not in neat tidy boxes with big clear labels. Sometimes racism is hateful, sometimes ignorant, sometimes racism is unintentional, sometimes it is from someone you love, sometimes it is internal, sometimes racism manifests in more ways than one - what we do know is that racism is everywhere. We were taught racism at school, read racism in books, watched it in old westerns, we sang along to racist songs before we understood what racism was. But racism exists still. 1 in 5 people experience racism at sports events, 1 in 3 people experience racism in the workplace, and 1 in 3 people take a stand against racism.

Be the 1 in 3 and interrogate how systemic racism can be found in the stories we see, hear and share as a society, and use StoryWork to find out how you can make sure the stories you tell aren’t just not racist, but they are stories that combat the old racist narratives. Storytelling can help expose the dominant racial forces that materialise through lived experiences.


Hosted by Sparking Change and Lana Woolf 
 
Who is this workshop aimed at?
YOU & EVERYONE - We all live in a racist world and are bombarded with racists stories, so this workshop is aimed at everyone who wants to positively work on their racism by analysing the racist stories we are taught to live by.

How much does it cost?
$75 unwaged
$125 waged
Option to pay 1/2 deposit and 1/2 on first night workshop
$37.50 unwaged x 2
$62.50 Waged x 2

The workshop is on three consecutive Fridays:
Friday 30th June 2017
Friday 7th July 2017
Friday 14th July 2017 




LOCATION:
Knowledge Market
Shop 8-10, 892 Bourke Street, Docklands, Victoria 3008
 
The times each week are the same:
start 6.30pm and finish 9.00pm 


 Bookings: HERE

What do I need to bring to the workshop?
Please bring any snacks you may need, a pen and notebook (no computers please).
Herbal teas, coffee and water will be available.
 

Workshop Outline:
This workshop is designed to help participants to understand the origins of racist attitudes, how racist attitudes are developed, and maintained and to establish personal goals for resisting racism.

The activities, exercises and concepts in this workshop have been arranged so that participants are able to explore racial attitudes and feelings in an open environment. Each component in the workshop has a specific identified purpose, clear instructions, and specific procedures for processing your reactions. We also cover the five primary awareness orientations, Condemnation, Discrimination, Tolerance, Acceptance, and Affirmation.

The primary goals in this workshop are; increasing awareness of racial issues, building a personal involvement with the problem of racism, developing personal flexibility in responding to racism, and making a commitment to change one small part of one’s own racism (internal or external).

The workshop content includes:

  • Cultural diversity is a reality
  • The language of racism is always changing
  • Exploring myths and stereotypes
  • The myths and realities of History
  • Cultural hierarchy
  • Looking at ones’ own racist attitudes and behaviours
  • Connecting systemic racism and the individual
  • Managing diversity and difference
  • Creating cultural change and valuing ethnic diversity