Sunday, August 16, 2015

‘Words in Winter’ in Maryborough with Ronda Gault

Storytelling Vic aims to support experienced and beginner storytellers in their dreams to grow, connect and learn.

Ronda Gault, long-time member of Story Vic and resident of Maryborough, in the Shire of Central Goldfields, has been thinking for some time now that she would like to create a Storytelling Circle in her town. ‘The Ballarat Storytellers established a group years ago and meet once a month in a bookshop to practice the art of storytelling. I feel that with a bit of energy, we can do the same in Maryborough’

With this in mind, Ronda decided to offer a beginner’s workshop as part of the Words in Winter Festival. ‘Storytellers Suzanne Sandow from Kyneton and Jackie Kerin from Melbourne, lent their support and together we designed a 90 minute workshop for people to hear, learn, and tell a story.’

‘The workshop was deemed a great success. Veronica surprised herself by telling a story for the first time and Susan Day (who had driven from Dunolly to join the group) shared an original story - the funny, informative and poignant tale of Clarence the Snake from Dunolly.’

Ronda and husband, John, have lived in Maryborough for over twenty years. A little out of town on Daisy Hill, they live in a mud brick home with the company of a herd of beautiful goats and clutch of happy hens. ‘Our home is sometimes described as the Gingerbread House’.

Ronda says, ‘The next step is to find ourselves a quiet place to meet and set a date. Our goal is to grow skills as tellers; we won’t be reading or reciting stories however writers will find that telling their stories is helpful to shaping their ideas. All are welcome. Sharing stories strengthens community and deepens personal connections across genders, generations and cultural backgrounds. We all have a story to tell.’

If you live in the Central Goldfields area and would like to meet this emerging group of storytellers, contact Ronda Gault via Storytelling Australia Victoria at
Don't forget to put Maryborough Storytelling Circle in the subject bar.

And if Ballarat and Maryborough are no good for you, perhaps you are near Wonthaggi? Gael Cresp has been giving Storytelling classes through the U3A and telling stories at the Wonthaggi Library. You can contact Gael HERE 
In time, we may have Storytelling Circles dotted throughout Victoria!


  1. Thank you for a great morning. It was wonderful to meet everyone and learn the basics of storytelling. I can't wait to join the Maryborough Storytelling Circle.

    1. Our storytellers circle is up and running...well we have met once and are meeting again on Monday October 5th. at 10:30. We will be at TRAX ...the recently re opened restaurant at the beautiful Maryborough Railway Station.....Please join us...listen , chat and share...over coffee.