Thursday, September 21, 2017

Storytelling @ RAW Garden: 1st October


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.
We value listeners and storytellers equally and take pride in welcoming newcomers to RAW.
 
*photographs supplied by Tatiana Scott 
 

WHERE: 325 South Road Brighton East
WHEN: 1st October

TIME: 12.00 PM - 2.00 PM
COST: FREE
 

Bookings are not necessary.
Enter by the drive way gate.


Here's what we were doing in the garden in October last year: learning about crafting and telling personal stories with Kate Lawrence.
 *photographs supplied by Tatiana Scott  

Friday, September 15, 2017

The ART of ORAL STORY TELLING JOURNAL: Launched at 'Fabled Nights in Newport'

Last night at Fabled Night in Newport, our regular monthly gathering of storytellers, we launched The Art of Oral Storytelling Journal!!

Congratulations Vic member Lana Woolf, you have created a wonderful on-line resource and meeting place for storytellers around the world. Thank you Asha Sampath (Chennai) for braving our experiment and appearing via Skype. The inaugural edition has contributors from Kenya, Italy, Singapore, India, Brazil and Australia.

Check it out. AOST is open for the next round of submissions. 
Many thanks to our Newport partners, Hobsons Bay Library for supporting us in our vision to make use of the available technology. As well as Skype we were able to enjoy some videos of the contributors. This is Cadu Cinelli and the Tapetes Contadores de Historias (The Carpet Storytellers).


And in the mix of the night, we also enjoyed stories from our regulars and new comers. Thank you Alan, Dave, Alex and Miles (father son tandem), Karen, Jackie and Sarah, Lily-Anne, Niki and a HUGE thanks to Cam for hosting and helping with photos.

 
 

School Stories: Seniors Week. October 13


From the warm bottles of milk to the ink wells and shelter sheds, school days evoke fond and not so fond memories! Bring along an artefact from your school days and join local storytellers and musicians for a trip down memory lane in this interactive storytelling session not to be missed.

This is an open story circle and we want to hear about your school days.



Mary O'Meara
With Jackie Kerin, Dave Davies and Mary O'Meara from Storytelling Australia Victoria and Michael Stewart from the Newport Fiddle and Folk Club.


Dave Davies
 WHERE: Altona Library 123 Queen Street Altona
WHEN: October 13 at 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM 
BOOKING: FREE but we recommend booking a place HERE
 


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Stories on the Hill: Nowa Nowa October 21 - 22. BILARNI: 26 & 28 October

Click on poster to enlarge

For all the information, video and bookings HERE

Also at Mallacoota and Bermagui you can catch Jan Wositzky

BILARNI  
26 & 28 October           

WHERE: The Muddie, Malacoota      
WHEN: Thurs 26 October @ 7.30       
COST: $25/ $20 Conc.   
TIX: Pickets Gift shop 

WHERE: Murrah Hall (20 mins south of Bermagui)
WHEN: Sat Oct 28, 7.30 p.m & Sunday 29, 3pm
COST: $20
More about Jan Wositzky and his shows HERE

Thank you Jan for sharing with us. ed.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Story Girl: 7 October

 Story Girl 
Celebrating the power of girls in folk tale, myth and true story.

Come join us in celebrating with story the International Day of the Girl Child (Day of the Girl). This day is observed annually in October to highlight issues concerning the gender inequality facing young girls. Declared by the United Nations, in 2012, the aim is to raise awareness of the importance of nurturing girls globally and in developing countries in particular.

The 2017 theme: “The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030.”

Storytelling Australia Victoria members received an open invitation to bring along a story to share that honours girls and they responded with enthusiasm. 


Come hear from the storytellers: 
  • Alex and Miles Kharnam
  • Roslyn Quin
  • Suzanne Sandow
  • Dee Palanisamy
  • Kate Lawrence
  • Katherine Jones 
  • Louisa John-Krol  
  • Lily-Anne Matthews-Fabian 
Our host is Kate Lawrence from Storytelling Vic. Kate is also the creator of Story Wise Women, the only Women’s storytelling night in Melbourne (in the Good Room as it happens!)  

*Bring your little sister, daughter, niece and young friends; at Story Girl, we want to hear girl’s voices.

This idea for Story Girl came from a seed sown and a relationship nurtured by Story Vic member Teena Hartnett. Teena attended at evening at The Good Room and was touched by the compassion and vision of the founders, Gracie and Katrina Lolicato.  


WHEN: October 7
TIME: 7.30 - 10.30
WHERE: The GOOD ROOM - Foundling Archive 390A Lygon Street, Brunswick East (entry via laneway between Hickford and Blyth Streets)
BOOKINGS:  HERE

* The Good Room is accessible to wheel chair users.
Light supper provided and refreshments available.
Learn more about the Good Room HERE
* Banner photo: Story Vic storyteller, Lily- Anne, supplied by Alex Kharnam.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Workshops in Murrindindi in October!

At Storytelling Victoria we get very excited when members offer events outside of the metro area. Lana Woolf has created some wonderful opportunities for those of you living in or near the Murrindindi Shire
 
Magic Mirror Workshop for the young: Oct 3

“Magic Mirror” is a two hour workshop for primary school students who are interested to develop personal storytelling skills. Lana will take the participants through a series of processes to develop a personal story (about whatever the participant chooses) and then lead some group activities to develop the story structure. The participants will practice their stories in groups, with peer feedback and leave the workshop with a personal story.

A tried and true workshop loved by young and old alike, the Magic Mirror workshop uses a simple storytelling technique to develop a personal story in an engaging and fun way. The idea behind Magic Mirror is to give participants an opportunity to develop the skills necessary to tell personal stories about experiences in their lives.

Who: Young People aged 6 to 12
When: Tuesday 3rd October 2017
Time: 10am to 12pm
Cost: $35.00 for single workshop
BOOKINGS AND MORE INFO: HERE



Brave New Voices workshop: Beginning Oct 6

Brave New Voices is a 5 week course.

This workshop aims to explore our voice through the genre of biomythography. ‘Bio’ meaning my story, and ‘myth’ meaning the stories we use to understand the world. Weaving these two elements together to create poetry in the style of biomythography.
In each module we will be discovering a new aspect of how we understand and create bio-myth poetry. The workshop will be filled with lots of theory, lots of activities and games, and lots of examples. We will be creating lots of small bits of poetry individually and as a group throughout the workshop. There will be lots of time for 1:1 mentoring and for feedback through out the process.

Module One: The history of Spoken word and how it has empowered communities
Module Two: Biomythography
Module Three: S.O.R.P.L.U.S.I methodology
• Self Knowledge
• Orality
• Rhythm
• Political content and context
• Language of Communication
• Urgency
• Sacredness
• Integrity
Module Four: Creating your poetry toolkit
Module Five: Performance techniques
Module Six: Putting it all together


Where: 52 Downey Street Alexandra
When: Beginning October 6 then every Friday night for the next four weeks
Time: 6 to 9pm  
Cost: $120.00 waged $85.00 unwaged $35 deposit - all money must be paid by Friday 6th October unless otherwise arranged with Lana 

BOOKING AND MORE INFO: HERE
 
Contact: Lana Woolf
Email: bula@lanawoolf.com
W: lanawoolf.com

Sparking Change: Workshops Melbourne CBD: November 7, 16 and 17

Sparking Change (SPARKS) is a social justice organisation using the power of story to spark social change. Lana Woolf from Story Vic is a co founder, alongside Emily Dwyer.

SPARKS is a community arts development organisation that uses StoryWork methodologies to support vulnerable and marginalised communities to take strategic social change action. 

Using story for advocacy: November 7

This workshop encourages people to explore their own experiences, knowledge, beliefs and stories. The program uses a range of methods, including presentations, individual reflection, working in pairs, and small and large group discussions.
At the end of this workshop, people who take part will be able to:
*Explain what advocacy is
*Outline examples of different types of advocacy.
*Describe some of the barriers that people face when engaging in advocacy, and some possible solutions to this.
*Explain the role that story telling plays in advocacy and campaigning.
*Outline some key considerations when using storytelling in advocacy and campaigning.
*Explore how to create suitable stories for advocacy purposes.
*Discuss some tricky questions that advocates might face, and how to handle these.

When: Tuesday 7th November 2017 (Public Holiday)
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Laneway Learning Shop 22 Bennetts Ln, Melborune
Cost: $125 waged payment $75.00 unwaged 

BOOKING AND MORE INFO: HERE

Bring your lunch, a notepad and pen. tea, coffee, water and snacks will be provided.
No computers please unless you need them for access purposes.

This space is wheelchair accessible.

Storytelling has always been a powerful tool for grassroots organisers, but now more than ever, personal narrative strategies are at the heart of successful social change toolkits and activities. 


This one day intensive workshop is for peer workers, advocates, social change makers, and activists. As advocates and social change makers working at the coal face, our task is not just to calculate the best response to public opinion. Our task is to shape public opinion to support real solutions and structural change. The best way to build this capacity while keeping it anchored in democratic and accountable organising is to grow it from the ground up. Sparking Change supports leaders and communicators to actively engage in social justice through personal strategic storytelling. We combine our capacity building training program with ongoing partnership, embedded sectoral support and convening our growing network of practitioners.
Join our next workshop and lets start sparking some change through strategic storytelling.


Strategic Storytelling for Social Change: Nov 16 and 17


2 day workshop for Peer Workers - Self Advocates - Social Change Agents - Activists - Campaigners

We tell stories all day every day - What we had for lunch, why we do what we do, and why we do it. A story can connect and influence - create change. Stories can tell us what is happening and how those happenings impact on people and the environment. Stories can also show us what change we can create in the world, and if it is a really good story, it will tell us what we can do to help facilitate that change. This workshop takes people through a process of using strategic StoryWork to lean how to tell the story of your ‘lived experience’ , the story of the of the social justice issue you are working on, and a story that will move people to action on your particular social justice issue. You will learn how to tell your story in ways that foster community, explore shared values, create hope and influence others on a path of social justice in action orientated ways.

When: Thursday 16th and Friday 17th November 2017 

Time: 10am to 4pm.
Cost: $150 unwaged $225 Waged
There is an option to pay a 50% deposit on the Trybooking website and pay the rest when you come to the workshop
Where:  22-24 Bennetts Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000

BOOKING AND MORE INFO: HERE

For more information
W: www.sparkingchange.com.au
E: hello@sparkingchange.com.au
 

Kids Tell Stories: a workshop for kids September 25 - 29

Holiday fun in the Murrindindi Shire

“Kids Tell Stories” is a five day workshop (two hours per day) for primary school students who are passionate about learning how to tell a fictional story (folk, fable, myth) in a performative way for an audience. 

Lana will guide participants to choose a story that resonates with them, to get to know the ‘bones’ of the story and learn how to map stories. 

Participants will then learn how to start and finish a story using ‘traditional European folk’ strategies. 

Participants will be guided in developing their story tools (voice, eyes, hands, face, body) to develop their story performance skills. 

Finally each participant will put the knowledge together to practice and then perform a story for family, friends and peers.

Who: Young People aged 6 to 12 years
When: Monday 25th September to Friday 29th September 2017
Time: 10am to 12.00pm each day 

Where: 52 Downey Street Alexandra
Cost: $120.00 for whole workshop
Book at: HERE

For more information contact Lana Woolf
E: bula@lanawoolf.com
W: lanawoolf.com
For more information about what Lana does www.sparkingchange.com.au.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Fabled Nights in Newport: September 15

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'.


WHERE: 13 Mason Street Newport
TIME: 7.30 - 10.00

COST: $5.00 or $3.00 (Storytelling Vic and Newport Fiddle and Folk Club members). No Booking required.
*WHEEL CHAIR ACCESS
* Fabled Nights in Newport is an inter generational event. Children welcome at parent/carers discretion

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.  

SEPTEMBER FABLED NIGHTS IS SPECIAL
WE ARE LAUNCHING AOST!!!!

This September Fabled Nights is hosting the launch of the new online journal, The Art of Oral Storytelling (AOST). The AOST journal is the initiative of Lana Woolf a member of Storytelling Victoria, is locally based in Victoria, Australia it has contributions from all over the world.
 

The theme for the first edition is 'A Storyteller's Tale’ and included are articles from:
  • A Spanish and English translated article from Cadu Cinelli on his journey with the ‘Tapetes Contadores de Histórias’ (The Carpet Storytellers) and how the Greek mythological character, Penelope has inspired him. 
  • Asha Sampath shares with us her personal journey to become a storyteller, and how she started the Chennai Storytellers Group. 
  • Included is an interview with Githanda Githie from Kenya about his storytelling culture. 
  • Zerena Zampolli shares an article on the ‘Highlights on the history of oral storytelling from an Italian/European/Mediterranean perspective’. 
  • Matt McArthur shares with us his experience of ‘finding his feet’ as a storyteller. 

Find out more to read the articles online at www.aostjournal.wordpress.com

***Come join us in launching AOST. There will be bubbles!!! (And if we can get on top of the technology), we may even Skype in one of the contributors for a story.


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

Monday, August 14, 2017

Gael Cresp Stories: from school days in the 50s and 60s

Gael Cresp, Story Vic storyteller and Wonthaggi resident invites you to ...

Stories from school days in the 50s and 60s. No props, no script. Come along, listen then think about what you remember from days gone by...

WHERE: Wonthaggi Library 6 Murray Street Wonthaggi
WHEN: August 16
TIME: 11.00 am - 12.00 pm 
FREE

Visit Gael's website HERE

Thanks for sharing with us Gael. ed

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Dreaming and Planning for 2018

This is a day to connect, dream and plan about all the things that we could do, as an organisation, to nurture the art of storytelling in Victoria. 


24 September, 2017

10.30am - 3.30pm
 
Maternal & Child Health Centre
505 Abbotsford Street, North Melbourne

 

Come and get involved in Storytelling Australia Victoria (SAV)
and have a say in what we do.

It is facilitated by Kate Lawrence, Vice president of SAV, a trained and experienced facilitator, who will aim to encourage all voices, ideas and collaborations.

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 2018?
  • 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 
  • …..

RSVP: 16 SEPTEMBER:
Jackie Kerin by text: 0412 210 098
OR
Storytelling Australia Victoria: storytellingvic@live.com.au

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.

Vic Storytellers on the move!

These two storytellers are on the move: one is heading north and the other, south. If you live in Brisbane or Tasmania, this is an opportunity to connect, share a tale or two and strengthen the network of story makers that criss-crosses the continent.

Jan 'Yarn' Wositzky
For One Night Only
BILARNI
Saturday August 19 
7.00 for 7.30 pm

Samford Steiner School
Narrawa Drive, Wights Mountain
(just on the other side of Samford Village)

$20/ $10 students
Suitable for 12 years and over. Contains strong language.
Book: HERE
Two years ago Jan 'Yarn' Wositzky performed his amazing one man show BILARNI at Magda’s - and you could hear a pin drop.
This night from one of Australia’s great storyteller musicians is simply not worth missing!

Any questions please email or call Shez: 0407 964 948 or brisbanefolknews@gmail.com
Visit Jan's website HERE
Jackie Kerin
Also One Night Only
THE LABORASTORY MAKES ITS TASMANIAN DEBUT!
Hosted by celebrated Melbourne storyteller Jackie Kerin, this is one you won't want to miss! 

Saturday August 19  
8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Dunn Place Hobart

The Laborastory brings together five scientists to tell the stories of their science heroes in ten short minutes. Hear stories of tragedies and triumphs and maybe learn a little bit along the way.

The Laborastory in Tasmanian is making its debut at BeakerStreet@TMAG, a pop-up science bar at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery 18-20 August! 

Full Beaker Street Program HERE 

BeakerStreet@TMAG is FREE and open to the public but designed for an adult audience.  

Registration for talks is not required and does not guarantee a seat, but it will be a great help to the organisers (scientists like numbers). 

* The Laborastory is a regular Melbourne event. Check it out. Science Storytellers rock!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Fabled Nights in Newport: August 18


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.


WHERE: The HUB 13 Mason Street Newport
TIME: 7.30 - 10.00

WHEN: August 18
COST: $5.00 or $3.00 (Storytelling Vic and Newport Fiddle and Folk Club members). No Booking required.

Tea and snacks.

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.

*WHEEL CHAIR ACCESS


Our host for August Fabled Nights in Newport is Vic member Kate Lawrence, also known as Story Wise. Kate runs the only women's storytelling night in Melbourne, Story Wise Women. She also established and now co hosts Story Wise Woodend and she is passionate about the power of personal stories.

Check out Kate's website, sign up to her newsletter and get involved! HERE


RAW Garden Storytelling: September 3


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.
We value listeners and storytellers equally and take pride in welcoming newcomers to RAW.
*banner photograph supplied by Tatiana Scott.

WHEN: Sunday 3rd September

TIME: 12.00 - 2.00 pm
WHERE: 325 South Road Brighton East
COST: FREE
Bookings are not necessary.
Enter by the drive way gate.


In August, it was so cold, we had to decamp to the Community Centre over the road. But we'll be back in the garden for September. Thank you Tatiana Scott for the beautiful photos and to all the storytellers and listeners - brilliant tales of travel, risk and adventure!
One of the delights of the afternoon was the presence of mother and son: Mariam and Abdul. Abdul shared with us his memory of moving to Australia from Kenya as a ten year old. He thought he was going to see snow but the family arrived in Melbourne in November. He held onto the notion that he would eventually see snow in June but that was not to be. He has still never seen snow. And it never snows in Brighton East!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Peter Fernon: Words in Winter 19 August Trentham


Check out the full program for Words in Winter HERE
 Thanks for letting us know Peter (ed.)

Susan Day: Words in Winter Festival. 12 August. Maryborough

Join Susan Day from Storytelling Victoria as she tells stories from her book ...
 Clarence the Snake from Dunolly
SUSAN AND CLARENCE THE SNAKE
 STORYTELLING, GAMES, ACTIVITIES & MORE!
WHERE: KATE' S CASTLE BOOK EMPORIUM
170 HIGH ST
MARYBOROUGH VIC
(Park at Woolworths around the corner)
WHEN: SATURDAY, AUGUST 12
TIME: 11 AM
COST: CHILDREN AGED FROM 6 AND UP
$5 ENTRY FEE
Check out the full program for Words in Winter: HERE
Thanks for letting us know Susan. (ed.)

Saturday, July 29, 2017

RAW Garden Storytelling: August 6

Mariam Issa and Durgah Devi Palanisamy
***RAW Garden Storytelling is now a FREE event 

In July, RAW Garden Storytelling took a month off as you were all invited to join us at Stories by the Fire at the Newport  Folk Festival.

So its been awhile since we've seen some of you and the garden will now be showing some small signs of life as winter is slowly coming to an end.

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.

Dee will have just returned from the Festival at the Edge. This is the oldest storytelling festival in England. She will be bursting at the seams with ideas and news from our story-loving cousins in the northern hemisphere.

We value listeners and storytellers equally and take pride in welcoming newcomers to RAW.

WHEN: Sunday 6th August  12.00 - 2.00 pm
WHERE: 325 South Road.  Brighton East
COST: FREE
Bookings are not necessary. 
Enter by the drive way gate.

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!