Wednesday, December 19, 2018

FEAST'S Online Story Swap

Every year it seems there are more opportunities to connect with storytellers around the world and it doesn't always mean jumping on a plane and traveling thousands of miles.

The Federation of Asian Story Tellers, of which Storytelling Australia Victoria is a non-resident member, is hosting regular online story swaps. These Story Swaps are FREE and you can either tell a story or tune in and listen.

I joined the November Story Swap and had a great time.

It's easy to participate. Once you've registered you're sent a link that asks you to download the ZOOM software which is simple to install and use.

From here on it's pretty straight forward. Roger Jenkins and Sheila Wee host the Story Swap from Singapore and you can see people popping up on the screen from around the world. Apart from the storyteller and Roger, participants are muted but they can chat. I took a screen shot of Meenu Sivaramakrishnan in action. (Thank  you to Meenu for allowing me to use this image). This will give you a bit of an idea. You can see the dialogue box in the corner. The chat has options so you can share your comments publicly or message the tellers privately.
Stories are supposed to be 6 - 8 minutes. On the evening I attended, all were folk tales and most of them, I had never heard before. The tellers checked in from India, Singapore, USA, Holland, Croatia and Australia.

The Swap begins at 8.00pm Singapore time, which is 11.00pm (daylight saving in Melbourne) where I am. So it was a late night night but it was worth it.

This is a you tube video of the first Swap held in September. Roger's introduction is enthusiastic and no wonder, over 50 people checked in! Have a look. Sometimes the audio struggles to stay in synch but if you move the cursor along, you'll get a good feel for what it's all about and the variety of stories and storytellers.

For more information visit FEAST's website. And maybe at the next Swap, I'll see you there.

Jackie Kerin

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Changes afoot for SAV....

Jackie and Kate
Dear Friends and Members,
We, Jackie Kerin (SAV President) and Kate Lawrence (SAV Vice president), supported by the committee, have been at the helm of Storytelling Australia Victoria for over 4 years now and feel we have served well in our roles as president and vice president.
But the time is coming for us to step aside and encourage a new team to steer the ship.
At the 2019 AGM on 10th February at The Library at The Dock Performance Space, neither of us will nominate for our roles.
With respect to the succession process, we are letting you know well in advance to give those of you interested, time to consider nominating. 
If you want more information about the roles please do not hesitate to contact either or both of us – Kate 0402 080 445 or Jackie 0412 210 098
If you are interested in taking on either of these role, or joining the committee, it would help us enormously if you could let us know as soon as you decide.
Kate and I are happy to be around to hand the roles over to a new team who can take the organisation to the next chapter and we will remain available as support and a resource for the next committee.
We encourage you to put the AGM date in your diaries and come along on the day.
We have booked the Performance Space at the Dock for the afternoon. We will have access to lights, projector and screen. We will be inviting storytellers to make the most of this opportunity to
  • Rehearse the story they will be telling on World Storytelling Day
  • Share their current storytelling passion or project
  • Air their dreams and wishes for 2019
  • Teach us new story games
  • Anything 10 minutes and story related
Let’s make it a story play day: think power point, PechaKucha BUT most of all think 10 minutes.
Following the AGM and Play Day we will go trawling Docklands for a place to eat and continue the fun.
Please put 10th February in you diaries and as we refine plans for the afternoon, we will let you know.
If you have any questions and would like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Subject heading: Leadership roles
Jackie and Kate


Storytelling Australia Victoria is a member and supporter of FEAST (Federation of Asian Storytellers). Hop on line and join in the story swap. Introduce yourself and get to know our storytelling family across Asia.


WHEN: Monday 17th December 2018, 8pm Singapore Time

This STORY SWAP is FREE and is open to anyone! You don't need to be a member of FEAST.
You can offer to tell a story, or simply sit back and enjoy your fellow storytellers as we swap stories.
We're looking for tellers to share a story on the theme of gifts, giving, or generosity. It's a chance to say hello and hear some stories!

When you register for the session, you will be sent a link so that you can join in. The link will ask you to download the ZOOM software which is very easy to install and use.

If you would like to tell a story or have any questions about the software, please contact the Swap Host - Roger Jenkins at

If you are chosen to tell a story, please make sure you can tell it in 6 MINUTES or less! We want to give as many tellers as possible tellers a chance to share a story.

Check the timing in your time zone here:

Wednesday, November 21, 2018



Storytelling Australia Victoria (SAV) is celebrating World Storytelling Day with a:
  • Show for adults: Stories from members and two video performances from overseas friends
  • Display of Resources
WHEN:  Saturday the 23rd March 2019
WHERE:  The Library at the Dock performance space
TIME: 2:00 pm and 4:30 pm
TICKETS: $15+booking fee, $10+booking fee for seniors, pensioners, concession card holders, and students


1. EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: for the adult show
Alex Kharnam
 *This event is curated for Storytelling Australia Victoria by Durgah Devi Palanisamy (Dee) and her support team.
  • We have spaces for eight storytellers. 
  • We request that each story is ten minutes or less.
  • Selection of the storytellers will be based on the different genres of stories and the various styles of storytelling within our membership. You will need to be a current member of Storytelling Australia Victoria. Kindly ensure that your membership is active.
Chosen participants are requested to attend a full dress rehearsal at the Fabled Nights in Newport on Friday, 15th MARCH at 7:30pm. (You will be notified of the Fabled Nights events for 2019 shortly.) This is to ensure that all the performances are in sync with the theme and to assist the ordering of the stories. It is also a great way to build our community and take your story for a test run. If you are unable to attend, please be clear about this on your application so we can make other arrangements.

If you wish to toss your hat into the ring:

EMAIL: Dee,  SUBJECT: World Storytelling Day EoI

*We will also host a free children's event earlier in the day. This event is curated by Anna Manuel with some of Storytelling Australia Victoria's specialist children's storytellers. More information to come.
Anna Manuel:

2. EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: showcase of storytelling resources 
Members are  invited to showcase their work and resources during this time. The community room in front of the theatre will be available. For example, storytellers can chose to display their kamashibai, puppets, books, games and advertisements. You are welcome to sell any merchandise.
*Storytelling Victoria take no responsibility for damage or loss of property. Displays must be ready by 1:30 pm on the day. We have access to the space from 12:30pm.

If you are interested to book a display space:

EMAIL: Dee  SUBJECT: WSD showcase of resources EoI.

This information is coming to you early so you have plenty of time to research and practice your stories. World Storytelling Day is a ticketed public event where our skills are on display in a beautiful theatre in the city.

We would love all SAV members to save the date and come on down to hear great stories and show your support for this event.

*WSD logo Mats Rehnman (Sweden)
Photos taken at WSD 2018

Tuesday, November 13, 2018


Our 2018 Banner was created by artist Rex Smeal
What a year it's been: stories, stories, stories.

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 have folks who come along and strut their stuff, and folks who try out a new story or tell a tale for the first time.
We've mastered technology and beamed in storytellers, refusing to let distance get in the way of a good story.


Jackie and Lily-Anne
We've filmed and timed ourselves.

We've celebrated with storytellers who have practiced with us and  then gone on to tell stories at the The Moth, Peace of Heart, World Storytelling Day, NIDA Nights, Stories by the Fire and Laborastory - just to name a few.

At Fabled Nights 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.

We reserve 2 - 15 minute places for people who want to try out longer stories. We ask that kind hearts and commonsense prevail: racist and homophobic stories hurt people so please don't bring them to 'Fabled Nights'.

WHEN: November 16
WHERE: Newport Community HUB 13 Mason Street Newport, near Newport Station.
COST: $5.00 or $3.00 (Storytelling Vic and Newport Fiddle and Folk Club members). No Booking required.

* FABLED NIGHTS is an intergenerational event. Children welcome at parent/carers discretion

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.

*Banner Rex Smeal

Wednesday, November 7, 2018



 The Storytelling Australia Victoria committee has been thinking about our end of year get-together. After much discussion we have settled on the personal touch!

An afternoon of story fun in the garden!

  • An end-of-year knees-up at Jackie's joint in Newport
  • Come along for an afternoon of story sharing, games, charades – whatever playful story themed activities we can come up with
FOOD and DRINK tips
  • Please bring a plate and drinks to share
  • Vegetarian and gluten free options
  • Meat free house
  • Hat and sunscreen in case we are outside
  • Your playful self
  • For privacy reasons, you will receive the address when you RSVP
  • The house is Jackie and John’s home, 8 minutes walk from the Newport Station, 5 minutes walk to the mouth of the Yarra River, parks and playgrounds.
  • Saturday 24th November
  • 2.00 pm until all the cake is gone!
RSVP by 17th November
Subject Heading: End-of-Year
Text: Jackie 0412 210 098

We have room for a maximum of 30 people.

Children welcome but please be aware this is a private home with a beautiful garden so they may feel constrained.

REMEMBER this is a members and family event so it is essential that your membership is current. To renew follow this link.

If you are a new member or don’t know many of us, rest assured we are a friendly bunch and you will be made to feel welcome. Storytelling Vic takes pride in hospitality and welcoming newcomers.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Kate Lawrence: Story Wise

If you haven't already caught up with the adventures of Kate, perhaps its time. Our members are all unique and work with stories in many wondrous ways. For the past few years Kate has been sharing her passion for personal storytelling and her wish to see others (especially women) find their voice and shape their stories through workshops, individual coaching and by providing supportive spaces to tell. Kate facilitates the only all women story gatherings in Melbourne that we know of.

Alongside all this, Kate has created a series of podcasts from stories she collected at the sessions recorded at the Holgates Hotel in Woodend, she created and toured a one woman show Fantastic Feminist Folk Tales and she presented  at TED x Bendigo.

AND ... while doing all this, Kate has held a leadership role for Storytelling Australia Victoria as vice president for over 4 years. In 2018 alone, while wearing her SAV hat Kate curated Peace of Heart in Macedon, an evening of stories to mark World Peace Day, as well as advising and supporting emerging member storytellers.

Visit Kate's website and while you're are there, sign up to the newsletter and you can follow events and enjoy her thoughts.

Here she is on personal storytelling.

Sometimes people make glib comments about personal storytelling being indulgent, self serving and self absorbed. This can be taken on by some of the people I work with who say, even as they are drawn to personal storytelling, that they feel too self conscious or feel it is too self-centred, to share their stories.

This is thinking that must be examined and debunked if we are actually to tell our stories in ways that enable us to develop and fully use our voice as a means of self expression, and be helpful for others.

Exploring, understanding and expressing who we are, what we believe and feel is a core task of living. We are meaning making machines, but unless we reflect, and consciously share our experiences, in thoughtful and meaningful ways, we risk being reactive, and unconscious, and relating to ourselves and therefore each other in superficial ways.

If we are feeling self conscious when we tell, then we are ironically, doing exactly what we are afraid we would be doing - we are making the story all about us. It is when we share our story with the sole purpose of offering it, and the meaning making we have done through our story, as a gift, that we then step into our voice and express ourselves in the age old and sacred way of human communication. It is an act of leadership, and we are hungry to be lead, we are hungry to explore behind the masks we all wear, to feel, and grapple with what it means to be human.

This is an act of trust, trust in ourselves that our voice is worthy, trust in the audience that what we offer will resonate with at least one person who is listening, and we share as a gift and so ensure we are trustworthy, telling the right story for that time place and audience.

Deepavali at the RAW Garden

It will be three years since we started celebrating Deepavali in the RAW Garden and every year, those of us who were not raised with this tradition, learn a little more through story.

Deepavali has become the final event in our calendar at RAW.

We thank Durgah Devi Palanisamy for facilitating our gatherings throughout the year and friends, Fionnuala Smyth and Daniela Bücheler-Scott who have also held the story space. And of course we thank Mariam Issa who invited us into the Garden all those years ago.

Gatherings will resume in February 2019 and Daniela and Dee are working on a plan for the year. No doubt that will include International Women's Day in March and rumour has it, there maybe some special guests.

A huge shout out to Tatiana who has documented so many of our gatherings. Her glorious photographs are enjoyed by all. Tatiana has also photographed several of our storytellers for their publicity and websites. Visit Tatiana's website HERE.

RAW events are hosted on the first Sunday of the month, beginning in February and running through to November.

We create the events on our Facebook but for those of you who are not on Fb, we post reminders on this blog and you can always check in on our website calendar.

We look forward to seeing the regulars the garden in 2019 and greeting new faces.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Off to Udaipur

You will remember readers that in July we posted an invitation to connect with Rananjay Singh Bhandari who was seeking to meet with storytellers in Australia for the Udaipur Tales Storytelling Festival. We congratulate one of our members, Durgah Devi Palanisamy from Deelightful Tales. Dee is heading off in November and no doubt she will return full of stories.

Safe travels Dee

And while we have your attention, if you are interested in accessing the Storytelling Australia Victoria support package to attend the inaugural conference of the Federation of Asian Storytellers, it is still available!!!!

click on poster to enlarge

The Hobyahs

For those of you who enjoy reading around and about the makings and movement of traditional tales.
The Hobyahs  is a poplar tale with many Australian trad tellers. One of our members, JB Rowley, sent through this article which some of you will find interesting. Even if you are not usually drawn to the old stories, have a read, this could change your mind.

The author suggests that the Hobyahs was collected in Australia in the 1800s by folklorist, Joseph Jacobs however it was first published in More English Fairy Tales (in the UK in 1894) (digital version HERE). So can it be said to be an Australian story or not?

JB is inclined to believe that the story has Scottish roots, as when Jacobs was working on More English Fairy Tales, he was living in the United Kingdom. He writes that he collected the story in Perth but doesn't specify whether he means the Perth in the UK or the Perth in Western Australia. JB is of the opinion that if Jacobs was meaning Perth in Australia, he would have said so.

If you wish to read more, there is an extensive piece about Jacobs written by Mabel Kaplan on the Australian Folklore Network page, published in 2003.

And while discussing traditional stories and antecedents, perhaps, if you are not already a member, you might be persuaded to join the Australian Fairy Tale Society. Founded in 2013, the AFTS focuses on '... collecting, preserving, discussing, sharing and creating Australian fairy tales'. The AFTS Conference (sometimes in Melbourne and sometimes in Sydney) is worth keeping an eye out for. This is a day of literary, visual and performance presentations. If you are in doubt that there is a fairy tale tradition in Australia, the AFTS may cause you to reconsider.

 JB was recorded in 2014 telling her preferred version of the Hobyahs.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018


 Greetings story folks. This is your friendly reminder.


We now use Eventbrite to make it easy for you to JOIN HERE. 

We offer a range of memberships, services and concessions.
  • Individual Membership - $30.00 
  • Individual Concession Membership - $20.00
  • Family Membership - $30 (Up to 2 adults and 4 children)
  • Group Membership - $30
  • SAV Tellers page photo and bio listing - $20
  • ​SAV Coaches page photo and bio listing - $20

Membership to SAV
·      Entitles you join the committee, vote and have a say in the direction of the organisation.
·      Receive expressions of interests to participate in our annual public events. These may include: World Storytelling Day, folk, community and literary festivals, World Peace Day.
·      Discounts to SAV events.
·      Apply for SAV scholarships or bursaries. Currently we support members to attend: The Sydney International Storytelling Conference and Federation of Asian Storytellers Conference.
·      Members are also invited to share any news, ponderings and events to our blog.
·      If you are a working storyteller, you can list yourself publicly on our website and all enquiries for tellers are shared to this list.
·      Be part of a warm, creative and welcoming community of people who enjoy oral storytelling in all its guises.

We encourage you to check that you are subscribed to our blog as this remains an important platform connecting us. The SAV blog is reserved for members only, however we use Facebook to share as much news about storytelling in Victoria as we can harvest.

Please visit our website and refresh yourselves with our values and purpose.
We value your membership and support.

And while we have you attention, we would like to acknowledge the work of the SAV committee who volunteer time to keep the wheels greased and the engine running of Storytelling Australia Victoria.

Monday, October 15, 2018


Only two more Fabled Nights left for the year.

This one is a bit special (well they're all special), as one of our number is heading off to work in Antarctica.

Diver Matt McArthur is one of our hosts, urn boilers and room arrangers. Its the practical support offered by the Storytelling Australia Victoria team that make it possible to relax and enjoy the evening of tales.

Matt tells all sorts of stories but his interest in science communication and the history of human activity in Antarctica means he has some pretty unique stories to tell.

Here he is at The Moth Melbourne Grand Slam 2018 with his story When worlds collide - the seal meets a monkey. Visit Diver Matt's website and learn more about what he has on offer.

WHEN: Friday 19th October 7.30pm - 10.00pm
WHERE: Newport Community 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 is an inter-generational event. Children welcome at parent/carers discretion.

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.

Come along, bring a story to share or ears to listen. Fabled Nights is a place to experiment and have a go at telling a tale for the first time. And we are a friendly bunch.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Federation of Asian Storytellers

To the best of our knowledge there are now two federations uniting storytellers across Europe and Asia: FEST (Federation for European Storytelling)  and FEAST (Federation of Asian Storytellers). Perhaps one day, those of us in the Australia Pacific region will unite - FEAPST!

FEAST and FEST differ in many ways and in others, are similar. The European organisation is for organisations in Europe, not individuals.

The Asian organisation is open to organisations, individuals and non-member countries (countries not defined as 'Asian').

You can follow the links we have given you and explore for yourselves what these groups do and what they are planning.

Storytelling Australia Victoria decided to support the growth of the Federation of Asian Storytellers by joining as a non-member country and we have made a generous donation towards supporting storytellers from developing Asian countries to attend the first conference and towards memberships.

Storytelling Australia Victoria has friends and members with deep roots in Asia. And many of us working in schools and preschool centres have broadened our knowledge of traditional stories from across Asia to acknowledge the background of our listeners.

Storytelling Festivals are blossoming across Asia - in Thailand, South Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, Tamil Nadu and Singapore, drawing tellers from around the world together in story. Australian based storytellers are increasingly participating and connecting with colleagues to the north.

Support to attend the inaugural conference in SINGAPORE 23rd 24th November.

As an institutional member of FEAST, Storytelling Australia Victoria can offer a discounted rate for a couple of our members to the upcoming Storytellers' Conference.

Keynote: Margaret Read McDonald
Workshops: Dr Wajuppa Tossa, Ariyo Fardh Zidni, Sheila Wee, Jeeva Raghunath, Alicia Dongjoo Bang, Ng Kok Keong as well as Christine Carlton (Australia), Craig Jenkins (UK) and Giovana Conforto (Italy).

The conference program is available HERE.

Timing is tight. So if you are a member of Storytelling Australia Victoria and you are interested in attending this conference and accessing the discount, please:
Subject: FEAST

The world of storytelling, connection and support just keeps growing!

RAW Garden Storytelling October 7 and November 4

 Only two more RAW Garden Storytelling sessions for 2018

Its been a wonderful year of story sharing and connection and we are grateful to Durgah Devi Palinasmy and Mariam Issa for keeping us on track.

Sunday 7th October Please join us in the garden as it bursts into spring
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.

THEMES: Sometimes we have a theme but we are not strict about this and will let you know if there is something in particular we would like to explore.

Sunday 4th November Deepavali
Enjoy the Festival of Lights (Deepavali). In November we celebrate with food and stories! We invite you to bring a plate of nibbles to share and look forward to having an amazing afternoon with you.
This is the third year Dee has shared Deepavali with us - come along, learn with us and celebrate the end of a wonderful year of stories.

WHEN: Raw Garden Storytelling12 PM - 3 PM
WHERE: 325 South Road Brighton East

BOOKINGS: not necessary.
ENTER: by the drive way gate.

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

Fabled Nights: October 19 and November 16

Fabled Nights in Newport will soon be winding up for 2018.
We have two more gatherings left, 19th October and 16th November.
BUT there is work to be done!!!

Storytelling Australia Victoria is celebrating World Storytelling Day 2019 at The Dock on March 23rd.

THEME: Myths, Legends and Epics.

We'll have a curated show for children in the morning and in the afternoon, Storytelling Australia Vic storytellers will be invited to share a story for adults.

If you would like to toss your hat into the ring for the afternoon show,  we suggest you start researching and practicing now. And what better place to practice than at Fabled Nights. Think 10 minutes and think big!

An Expression of Interest form will be sent to our members closer to the end of year, so now is a good time to check your status if you wish to tell a story. Membership.

Anna Manuel sharing a new kamishibai story at the September Fabled Nights

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.

We reserve 2 - 15 minute places for people who want to try out longer stories.

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

WHEN: Friday 19th October and 16th November 7.30pm - 10.00pm
WHERE: Newport Community 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 is an inter-generational event. Children welcome at parent/carers discretion.

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.

Monday, October 1, 2018

INVITATION: Dreaming and Planning for 2019

Sunday, October 14, come and get involved in Storytelling Australia Victoria (SAV) and have a say in what we do.

One of our trained and experienced facilitators will aim to encourage all voices, ideas and collaborations.

This is an annual gathering where we invite members to an open discussion.

As our numbers swell, we feel the need to offer more ways for people to participate and have a say in the structure, direction and activities of the organisation.

What kinds of events, activities and relationships would you like to be involved with in the calendar for 2019?

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
  • …..
Sunday, October 14, 
10:30 AM – 3:30 PM

East Melbourne Maternal and Child Care Health Centre, Powlett Reserve cnr of Grey and Simpson Streets East Melbourne

10th October
Jackie Kerin by text: 0412 210 098
Storytelling Australia Victoria:

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 before October 14 and we will make sure that your ideas are recorded and discussed.

*If your membership has lapsed, you can sign upon the day

You should keep in mind that the building adjoins the East Melbourne Child Care Cooperative but the room we are using has a separate entrance. The entrance is closer to the ‘city end’ of the building, there may no longer be any signage there indicating a community room/MCH building.

It should be noted that parking is a bit tricky around this building, it is metred parking (1-2 hours) and would suggest that anyone attending get parking in Richmond or perhaps Colling (which are really close by).


The building really close to North Richmond train station, Victoria Parade trams and also a lovely walk through the gardens from Flinders Street.

Jackie Kerin: 0412 210 098

Monday, September 24, 2018

'Peace of Heart' Mt Macedon

For those of you who couldn't join us for Peace of Heart, a storytelling show in Macedon on Saturday 22nd September, here is a taste of the evening ...
Kate elegantly posing in front of the Mount View Theatre
It was an unseasonably balmy night in Macedon when ten storytellers took to the stage of the lovely Mount Players Theatre to share stories of peace, where its found, how it comes and goes, how we seek it always and how hope for peace springs eternal.
Melvyn Cann setting the mood
Reactions from the audience were warm and appreciative with this comment being made spontaneously on the Woodend Local Business networking Page: 'Had the most fabulous time at the Peace of Heart storytelling show at Macedon tonight. Thank you to the funny, brave, strong & talented storytellers. Can’t wait for the next one!'
Susan Davie with a poignant story from her nursing days
Storytelling Australia Victoria hosted the night and we were very generously supported by Yasna Blandin de Chalain and Roger Farley, members of the Mount Players Theatre who volunteered their time to open the theatre, offer drinks and arrange the lighting and sound. 
Yasna and Roger ready and waiting!
Thank you also to all the amazing tellers.

Kate Lawrence

And thank you Kate for all the planning and to the Storytelling Australia Victoria storytellers who helped with front of house. Until next time ...

Melton Botanic Gardens; Sunday 7th October

Its spring and the earth is exploding into life.  Sarah Depasquale and I are excited to be part of the 15th birthday celebrations of the Melton Botanic Gardens.

These gardens are a jewel in the western suburbs of Melbourne, superb design with beds full of plants from around the world but with a focus on South African, indigenous and endemic species. The lake is also home to the endangered Lathams Snipe, a migratory bird that breeds in northern Japan and Siberia.

Sarah and I have a passion for telling stories on site; one of our favourite places for sharing stories has been the Edithvale Seaford bird hide.

WHEN: Sunday October 7
WHERE: Melton Botanic Gardens: 21 Williams Street Melton
TIME: 1.00 and 2.00 pm (2 x 30 minute sessions)

Jackie Kerin

Monday, September 10, 2018


As Spring arrives and the scent of jasmine fills in the air and the buds swell and burst, settle into a warm and cosy space in the inner city of Melbourne, and be enthralled by an eclectic mix of stories, both dark and dangerous, and delightful and inspiring.

Fantastic Feminist Folktales is a storytelling performance of folktales, myths and stories from throughout the ages, inlaid completely with women’s power and potential.

It is a bold, brave and compelling first performance, in the imperfect art that is oral storytelling, from storyteller Kate Lawrence, principal of Story Wise. Kate brings her unique artful eye and feminist sensibility to the classic stories of Red Riding Hood, Joan of Arc, and Demeter & Persephone, as well as other stories.

The Basement, Hawthorn Arts Centre
360 Burwood Road
Hawthorn, VIC 3122


Kate Lawrence aka Story Wise HERE