Wednesday, July 17, 2019

WORKSHOP: Living in a Gendered World

Living in a Gendered World is a community storytelling project in the Macedon Ranges Shire, offering a full, FREE two day storytelling workshop at Hanging Rock, for three groups of people - women, men and gender non-conforming. 

This will be followed by an online, one on one coaching session. 

Then all participants come together for a day to practice their stories and listen. 

The project culminates in tellers sharing their story at a public event at the Bluestone Theatre in Kyneton on December 5.

So if you are interested in issues around gender, if you'd love to learn to find, craft and tell a story, this is a great opportunity.

Expressions of interest are open now and close on Friday August 2. People need to commit to the following days:
  • Women - 8 Sept, 13 Oct and 17 Nov.
  • Men - 15 Sept, 20 Oct and 17 Nov.
  • Gender Non conforming - 22 Sept, 27 Oct and 17 Nov.
  • And of course the final event on the evening of Thursday Dec 5. 

More information and to apply:HERE

From Storytelling Australia Victoria member Kate Lawrence AKA Storywise.

Thanks for sharing Kate.

Monday, July 15, 2019

REMINDER: Fabled Nights 19 July 7.30 - 10.00 pm

Yes it's cold and yes it's dark but it's always worth the adventure. We're still smiling with our success at the Newport Folk Festival. We were invited to 'show our chops' and we certainly did that. It was an evening of moving, hilarious and thought-provoking storytelling. Many thanks to all who responded to the Expression of Interest and tossed their hats into the ring.

This Friday the heater will be on, there will be tea and cake and fine company.
Come share a tale, support the tellers and let's dream of new adventures.

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 July 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. 

A little change for you

Hello Storylovers,

A quick but important message directed to those of you who enjoy our website and link to Storytelling Australia Victoria.

As we shift away from the not for profit model and shed some of the tasks that our voluntary team have been attending to, there will be changes. We'll notify you as we go.

Kate Lawrence has been overseeing our website for quite some time now, and I think you will all agree, she has done a splendid job.

As part of the changes we decided to shift the website to a free model and it is now powered by Weebly.

As time permits, we will peck away at other tasks but like a ship - it's slowly she goes.

Keep warm wherever you are,

Jackie Kerin (blog Ed)

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Fabled Nights at the Newport Folk Festival

FABLED NIGHTS: Saturday 29th June 7.00 pm
Newport Scout Hall, Market Street Newport.

A round of applause to all the storytellers who responded to our EoI and tossed their hats into the ring for the annual storytelling at the Newport Folk Festival.

Here is a scattering of acknowledgements and a warm invitation to come and join us by the hearth.
Cam Sharp

Alex Kharnam

Hugs to those who make the soup, brew the chai, stoke the fire, straighten the chairs, plug in the lights, do the dishes and host.

Dave Davies

Durgah Devi Palanisamy

Gratitude to No Worries Curries who have supplied us with their unique chai blend for over 10 years.
Ed Marshall

Thanks to Dave Davies who has our back and who is on stand-by in case someone can't make it. (Honestly don't know what we would do without Dave.)

Appreciation to Kate who travels through the cold from Macedon with gluten free cake and lights.
Jackie Kerin

Kate Lawrence

Welcome to our musician friends who play and sing with us.

Sarah Depasquale

And high five to Matt for prerecording his story as he will be be away this year.

Please join us. There is always a chair by the fire.

Matt Mcarthur

Susan Hall
And ... we're on the merchandise tea towel. How cool is that!

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