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 B├╝cheler-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.