Monday, March 26, 2018

World Storytelling Day 2018

This is the fourth year we've celebrated World Storytelling Day and it grows a little bigger each time.
Building on the work of Teena Hartnett and Susan Hall, Durgah (Dee) Devi Palanisamy embraced the task for 2018. With a theatre background, Dee took one look at the performance space in The Dock Library and said, 'This is the place for WSD!'

The Library were welcoming after we approached them about a partnership event and the rest is history. Thank you Melbourne Library for making us feel comfortable and supported in your beautiful space.

The storytellers who committed to telling on the day rehearsed at Fabled Nights in Newport, and others recorded and sent videos of stories from overseas: Donna Washington (USA), Peter Chand (England), Douglas McKay (Scotland) and Tom Van Outryve (Belgium). We had a late scratching because of ill health, from one of our senior tellers, David Demant but we even managed to share his story via you tube! I won't list all the teller's names here as they are credited in the video.

Dee was keen to have a display in the space in front of the theatre and it looked fabulous with books written by members, storytelling resources and the kamishibai storytellers were out in force.

We did our best to cover the day so we could share with those of you who couldn't be with us and also for those who participated, its nice to have a record. As well as photos and video recordings, we had digital artist Rex Smeal with us who drew the stories and the tellers.

So please enjoy these videos, and next year, I hope if you missed out this time, fingers crossed you can join us.

In 2019 we will make sure we check the date of the AFLW Grand Final so there isn't a clash! GO DOGGIES!! (Did I just type that? Sorry).

I attended Mojan Javadi's (film maker and member) workshop on  making movies on phones and the embedded movie is the result. Not quite a Hollywood production but I have ambitions!

Happy World Storytelling Day to you all from us here at SAV central,

Jackie Kerin (president and on behalf of a dedicated and hard working committee)