Tuesday, May 28, 2019


StoryWorks is a collaboration between two Melbourne storytellers and TEDx speakers Kate Lawrence and Sandy McDonald.

Their focus is the power of story to change how we communicate, relate, collaborate and work.

Kate and Sandy are combining their decades of thinking, teaching and telling to bring you their best in a series of keynote talks, and a culminating two day 'Storytelling for Organisational Culture' program in September 2019. Keep and eye out for events, beginning in June.

For more information about StoryWorks, about Kate and Sandy, their events and contacts, visit their:

Storytelling Sunday with Dee Palanisamy 2nd June

Me, Myself and My Story

Every Story is Us, Rumi.

Join me for Storytelling Sunday. Discover the stories that shape and design our lives. How do these stories craft our personalities? Do you enjoy the character stories?

Workshop your story with me this weekend.


Storytelling at the Newport Folk Festival 29 - 30 June

This is a small grass-roots festival hosted by the Newport Fiddle and Folk Club and managed by a small army of volunteers. It's a festival from the heart, that kicks above its weight and that opens its arms wide to embrace the broader community in a celebration of song, story and dance. The weekend offers workshops and performances with something for everyone.

The storytelling part of the program is rich and varied and largely supported by Storytelling Vic members and associates. 

SATURDAY 29th June The Newport Scout Hall

12.00 pm: The Amazing Case of Dr Ward and Other Stories

Musician Sarah Depasquale and storyteller Jackie Kerin ask the Question: when you bite into a pear and the juice dribbles down your chin, or spread a picnic rug under a shady elm or smell a rose, do you ever ask yourself: how did these plants come to be in Australia?

Passionate gardeners, Sarah and Jackie originally  developed this set of stories for the Williamstown Botanic Gardens but have gone on to share the tales at the Port Fairy Folk Festival, Stone the Crows in NSW and botanic gardens around Victoria.

4.00 pm Bush Poetry and Stories
Join Dave and Alan Davies on a journey back in time to the days of swaggies, shearers, stagecoaches, squatters and spielers. With Australian poems and stories from the nineteenth century, they'll take you back to the days when the bush was wild, the tracks were long and the tales were tall. 

7.00 pm Fabled Nights 
Come and enjoy a curated evening of spoken stories and story in song, served up with soup and chai around a crackling fire. Our wordsmiths promise to enchant with stories to suit all appetites.

Our storytellers and musicians are: Susan Hall, Matt McArthur, Ed Marshall, Dee Palanisamy, Kate Lawrence, Dharma, Sarah Depasquale, Jackie Kerin, Dave Davies and Alex Kharnam. And our MC guiding us through the evening is the wonderful Cameron Sharp.

Fabled Nights is a monthly gathering in Newport hosted by members of Storytelling Australia Victoria.

* For more information about the Newport Folk Festival, the location and how to buy tickets on line, visit their website HERE

Tuesday, May 7, 2019


The Newport Folk Festival has invited us to curate a night of story and *songs on the Saturday evening of the Festival - June 29 in the old Scout Hall. 

*Our singer is Dharma Picking from the Newport Fiddle and Folk Club.

In past years we've offered an open board but this year the Festival want the Fabled Nights crew to show their chops.

As part of the evening we will offer (as we have done in past years) soup and bread and chai.

While not set in cement - a plan might look like this:
  • 4 stories and a song
  • break (soup)
  • 4 stories and a song
  • chai  
So please if you wish to participate, come along to Fabled Nights on May 17 sign up and lets plan:
  • the story you wish to tell - let us hear it
  • strictly 10 minutes or less (we will ring a bell)
  • think about the atmosphere of the festival: fun, inclusive, around the fire
  • this is an all generations festival - so be aware children may be present
  • think about the balance of the evening
We'll also need need help Mcing, setting up the room, serving, welcoming people and tidying up.

We have another Fabled Nights on June 21 so you will get two chances to practice and refine your story.

*If you are keen as beans to participate but can't make Fabled Nights, please contact me and let me know. Jackie 0412 210 098


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 17th May 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.