Thursday, December 20, 2012

An invitation from Luke Simmons and ‘bytestories’: Use the festive season's downtime and be creative!

Use the festive season's downtime and be creative!

An invitation from Luke Simmons and ‘bytestories’

Hello Storytellers,

I thought of getting in touch because, evidently, we share the same passion for story telling!

Based in St Kilda, I run which is a site dedicated to sharing short stories (approx. 250 word limit) based on real-life events.  i.e. Sad/funny/dangerous/profound "scenes" that people has witnessed while at home or abroad.

We launched version 1.0 of the site in October and we've tuned the site to appeal to everyday people that just want to share a story with friends as well as those that want to promote themselves and their work.  For example, I've got a number of comedians to post up some stories due to the way that we can help generate traffic for their social media and/or web page - plus I'm in charge of seeding it throughout social media as well.  Check out this link of Michael Connell's profile page.

In terms of a spoken form of our stories, we just shot a video with Michael Connell where he recited this story;  If this video proves popular throughout social media, perhaps there may be some opportunities for your group to become involved in some way/shape/form.  Please feel free to “like” us on Facebook to be given the link when it’s released in January.

I’d like to welcome members of Storytelling Australia (Vic), friends and colleagues to have a look at the site and share some tales.  It’s okay if they’ve previously been published or written.

Please contact me if you have any queries at all.

Kind (est) regards!


Luke Simmons
f - /bytestories 

Monday, December 17, 2012

Anne E Stewart: Writing & Storytelling Workshop. Sat 19 January 2013

Get inspired and creative with a GLBTIQ themed writing and storytelling workshop.
Come along for a writing and storytelling workshop with Anne E Stewart.  Anne E is well known for her storytelling, particularly on the gay history of Daylesford. 
Join Anne E for a full day workshop where she will share writing tips, and work with participants to develop their own piece of GLBTIQ themed writing. There will also be the opportunity to gain some storytelling skills, and for those keen, the chance to put these new skills into practice by sharing their writing with the rest of the group.
More information and booking here

Workshop: Clare Coburn: Listening at the Crossroads 2013

Dear All

I have been repeating the mantra ‘No expectations’ as we approach Christmas—no expectations about the behaviour of others, that is. For myself, I aim for a little more tolerance, patience and deeper listening yet will also forgive myself when I get caught up in old stories and old patterns—listening to the goblins on my shoulder. A Serbian story I told at the November Enchanted Evening ‘The sun-god’s castle’, offers an image of the voices that whisper in our ears so that we neglect the wisdom we know in our hearts.

On the theme of listening and story, I will offer a workshop on ‘listening at the crossroads’ in early 2013. It was very well received in New Zealand in October. There’s some information attached. Please contact me if you have any queries.

I’ve also been pondering peace—that it’s not a fluffy ideal but something that requires us to be comfortable with tension and difficulty and retain equanimity—it’s on my Christmas list as well for myself and for others—may we all find peace and contentment amidst all the challenges, and let’s listen to and nurture the wisdom in our hearts.

Warm wishes for Christmas and the holiday season


~listening at the crossroads~the power of listening and story
 with Clare Coburn
Sunday 10 and 17 February, 3 March 2013
1.30pm to 5.30pm
Christian Community Chapel, 319 Auburn Road, Hawthorn
Cost $140 (full price) /$120 (concession) (includes afternoon tea)
Contact Clare for details:
Clare Coburn, PhD

fabled communication

Jackie Kerin: Eltham Book Shop 23 December 2012

ELTHAM Book Shop
970 Main Road Eltham
9439 8700

        We are celebrating our Bookseller of the Year Award with our wonderful customers, authors and publishers.
             We invite you to meet Jackie Kerin as she sits in our Christmas window,signs her book, Lyrebird! A true story, and tells this true tale about a bird, a woman and the love between them.
             Enjoy a cup of good cheer with us, browse our shelves for that special gift,share some festive fare and let us thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
              A door prize for anyone who recognises and names atleast three authors in the bookshop and talks to them.
         We have three late shopping evenings in the run-up to Christmas
         Festivities: 6.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. 

 Wine and home-made Christmas cake will be on offer          

Learn more about Jackie Kerin here

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Rocket Clock Story Slam: “Present". Decemebr 12, 2012

Rocket Clock Story Slam: “Present"
Rocket Clock returns with a night of tales on the theme of "Present". We're looking for stories of gifts, being in attendance, the here and now, show and tell, grammar tense, an introduction, and existence.
Pre-register your intent to tell by emailing or register on the night. This will be the last Rocket Clock for a few months and everyone is welcome to come along and listen, laugh, drink, cheer & weep.
Wednesday Decemebr 12, 2012
Doors open 8pm; slam kicks off 8.30pm. 
$5 pre-sale (+ $2 booking fee) or $8 on the door. Book tickets now via the Bella Union website:
Bella Union
Level 1, Trades Hall
Corner of Victoria & Lygon Streets
Carlton South
What is Rocket Clock?

Rocket Clock is a monthly story slam competition. Ten people each have five minutes to tell a story around a particular theme. Judges in the audience rate each story on both content and performance. Everyone has a great time.

More info: