Monday, December 18, 2017

Opportunities in 2018 with our Partners and Associates

We do our best at Storytelling Australia Victoria to share as much storytelling news as we can gather that we believe is of interest to Victorians.

On Facebook we share any and all Victorian storytelling news, regardless of the membership status of the storytellers. This is a public site and is embedded in the HOME page of our website so you do not have to be a member of Facebook to check it out. There is always a lot to explore.

However this blog (which is free) is reserved for the news of our members, partners and associates. And some our good friends are hosting conferences and events and you might wish to toss your hat into the ring. So for those of you who have missed the posts on Facebook, here is the latest!


The call is out for:
  • Workshops: submissions close January 19th.
  • Performances: Submissions close January 31st
  • Posters: Submission close March 19th

If you are interested visit the  NSW website and read more ...

This conference has proved to be a fertile ground for developing national and international relationships and collaborations, stretching minds and strengthening old friendships, both individual and organizational.

Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney


'Gardens of Good and Evil: growing life, plucking death' is the theme.

The AFTS invite you to open your mind and creativity to how we can express Australian responses to the world of fairy tales in the world of living things around us. Be part of another diverse, entertaining and stimulating conference.

Submissions close: Friday January 26th
For more information visit the AFTS website

NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL June 29th - July 1st 2018


The Newport Fiddle and Folk Club is a great supporter of Storytelling Australia Victoria. As well as promoting us in their newsletters, several of their members are also keen storytellers and regulars at our monthly gathering: Fabled Nights in Newport.

The storytellers have hosted an annual open floor session for the Folk Festival for many years; Stories by the Fire and last year we also offered a workshop.

However you might have an idea for a show or workshop that you would like to offer the festival.
Performer application is HERE

Submissions Close January 20th

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Thank you Louisa John-Krol and Teen Hartnett

  The story year is drawing to close.

Before we at Storytelling Australia Victoria central take a break from dreaming and planning, we have a few acknowledgements and thank yous to make.

The re-visioning of SAV over the past three years has been a slow and committed process from a small committee. After many voluntary hours, two of our members have decided to step to the side. We’d like to thank, from the depth of our hearts, the contributions made to the organization by Louisa John-Krol and Teena Hartnett.

Teena Hartnett
Teena stepped into multiple roles: administration secretary, membership secretary and treasurer. She has painstakingly set up systems, prepared our yearly statements ensuring the ongoing health and sustainability of our organisation. Teena also supported us in establishing World Storytelling Day as an annual event in our calendar, negotiated venues and graciously hosted. She has also hosted Stories by the Fire for us at the Newport Folk Festival.

In addition to these roles Teena has kept the communication open with members and planned our end of year celebrations. She also instigated the idea that we deepen our relationship with the Newport Fiddle and Folk Club and library partnerships. This has led to a Partnership with Hobsons Bay Libraries who now support us with a beautiful venue for our third Friday of the month gathering: Fabled Nights in Newport. Teena also introduced Storytelling Australia Victoria to the Foundling Archive and the Good Room and laid the groundwork for our inaugural event celebrating International Day of the Girl.

Louisa John-Krol
We wish to acknowledge the support offered by Louisa who took on the unexciting but essential role of Public Officer and the task of setting up our insurance. These roles can take one into labyrinthine spaces on the Internet and Louisa showed great perseverance and got us sorted!

However the greatest gift she has given, is the history of Storytelling Australia Victoria and the stories of our life members. With the wave of new people joining us, it was apparent that we did not know the history of the organization. Louisa spent well over a year researching, interviewing, and collating information and images. Her work is meticulous and it gives us great pride to see it up on the website. It is also a reminder that Storytelling Australia Victoria will be celebrating 40 years in 2018.

Louisa is also a member of the Australian Fairy Tale Society and she provides a strong link between our organisations. Many of our members belong to both groups.

Louisa continues with her writing and music. You can enjoy her work HERE

Our committee members oil the cogs and grease the wheels that keep us moving forward and we recognize they also work hard and have busy personal lives.

On behalf of the members and the committee, thank you Teena and Louisa for your support and the hours you have gifted Storytelling Australia Victoria. We look forward to seeing you at events and hearing you tell stories

And we look forward to introducing you to the brave new storytellers who have offered to step into these rather large shoes.

Jackie Kerin (president)

Midsummer Faerie Rade 21 January

Some news from our good friends at the Australian Fairy Tale Society.

They would like to give you the heads up for the annual Midsummer Faery Rade parade and picnic.

Roslyn Quin (Storytelling Victoria and member of the Australian Fairy Tale Society) will be telling tales in the Treasury Gardens after the Rade.

This is a free public event and all the details can be found on the Golden Owl website

November Fabled Nights - our last for 2017

Its been a joy watching this open story evening slowly find its feet and grow.

Some months the room is full to bursting with a cacophony of storytellers and listeners and some months, its a more sedate gathering.

We're grateful to enjoy a Partnership with Hobsons Bay Libraries who make this wheelchair accessible space at the Newport HUB available to us.

We have the use of a terrific kitchen with all mod cons and the room has a screen and projector which has led us to explore Skyping international storytellers, seeing what others are up to on You tube and in November, we welcomed digital artist Rex Smeal who not only drew a story for us, he drew us!
Jackie Kerin telling the story of 'The Dragon's Eye' in front of the screen illustrated by Rex

Our technological experiments have led to some hilarity but we are learning.

During the year we have shared Mcing, the taking of photographs and filming and Alex has bought us a set of lights that we will soon all learn to use. And of course we have shared kitchen duties. The purpose of Fabled Nights is to explore and grow and to that end, we have been diligent.

 Dave Davies captured by Rex on screen and by David Campbell in photo

We'll be back in 2018 on the third Friday of the month from March till November. Keep and eye on our website (the 2018 events are slowly being loaded into the calendar), sign up for the blog news and follow us on Facebook.