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
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

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)

Story House and Garden
52 Millar Street. Daylesford

Ph 0408 550 945

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.
Sunday 6th August 1.30 -2.30 (Show with morning tea)
Story House and Garden
52 Millar Street. Daylesford

Ph 0408 550 945


Tuesday, July 11, 2017


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
9am - 4pm Training
Early bird savings for bookings made two months prior to training.
To Register: HERE 
Email enquiries:

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!