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

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

Learn more about Story Wise Women and Kate Lawrence HERE
Enquiries:  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.

$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

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.

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

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 

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

Monday, April 3, 2017

Dee (Durgah Devi) Palanisamy

We are lucky that as our numbers grow, more of you are stepping into roles that enable us to offer events with experienced hosts. I'd like to thank Dee for stepping into the role of host for the RAW Garden Storytelling afternoons. These events are in partnership with RAW and Storytelling Vic. The Raw Garden is in Brighton East and the storytelling is the first Sunday of the month: February - November.
Marian Issa (co founder of RAW) and Dee
If you haven't met Dee (Durgah Devi) Palanisamy, she  is a passionate Storyteller and is fascinated by all kinds of stories across the world. She is an avid advocate of the Arts and enjoys Drama, Theatre and Storytelling. She is a Speech and Drama Educator with more than a decade of experience in the field. After graduating with a Masters of Education, specialising in Drama from NIE (Nanyang Technological University), Dee completed the graded Speech and Drama exams offered by Trinity College (London). She is constantly striving to create spaces and programs that encourage discovery, education and entertainment.

After migrating to Melbourne in 2016, Dee founded Deelightfultales, which is a Storytelling company that aims to renew the oral traditions of the spoken word. She maintains her networks in Singapore and visits  annually. Dee specialises in Storytelling for children, Asian Folktales, Stories from India and Tales from the Mahabharata. She also facilitates targeted Storytelling workshops for children and adults.

Being born and raised in Singapore, Dee is proficiently bilingual in English and Tamil. She also speaks conversational Mandarin, Malay and Singlish.  As a versatile performer, she connects with her audience and truly believes in the Power and Magic of Storytelling.  

Dee is available for:
Folktales and Fables
Storytelling performances for preschool and primary school children.
Interactive Stories for Children
Use of Puppets and Props
Thematic stories
Workshops on oral communication skills and drama techniques
Storytelling skills training
Storytelling Workshops (For Children and Adults)

+61 450091979

Here is Dee on a mid winter's night in the old Newport Scout Hall at the annual Newport Folk Festival 2016.

Posted by Jackie Kerin (president Storytelling Vic)

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Jackie Kerin: Tales from the Flyway: April, May and October

Tales from the Flyway is a storytelling show I developed with violinist Sarah Depasquale. Sarah and I share a love of wetlands and birds, especially those found at our doorstep in Hobsons Bay in the south-east  corner of Australia.
Together we will take you on a journey following the path of migratory shore birds, from Australia to Siberia, along the East Asian Australasian Flyway. The show is playful and occasionally enlightening.

There are some significant celebratory days for the birds in the calendar and Sarah and I developed our show to highlight these.

April 12 - 16
We are heading of to NSW for the Stone the Crows Festival. As well as Flyway, we'll be kept busy with workshops and presentations, and in the evening, Bed Time Tales. You can follow the festival on Facebook.

May 10
Tom the red-necked stint (10 minute kamishibai story from the show).
As part of the World Migratory Bird Day celebrations.
TIME: 10.30 am (Children's Storytime).
PLACE: Altona Meadows Library, Central Square, 2 Newham Way Altona Meadows
FREE event

May 10
Tales from the Flyway
As part of the World Migratory Bird Day celebrations. 
TIME: 6.45
PLACE: Melton Library and Learning HUB
Balam Balam Lecture Theatre. 31 McKenzie Street Melton
FREE event but booking required HERE

May 13 
Tom the red-necked stint (10 minute kamishibai story from the show).
As part of the World Migratory Bird Day celebrations. 
TIME: 10.30
PLACE: Newport Community HUB 13/15 Mason Street Newport
FREE event

October 28 
Tales from the Flyway
As part of National Bird Week
PLACE: Melton Library and Learning HUB
Balam Balam Lecture Theatre. 31 McKenzie Street Melton
FREE event
Details to come HERE