March is the time storytellers celebrate World Storytelling Day. While officially falling on March 20th, events are held around the globe, throughout the month.
The theme for 2016 is 'Strong Women'.
The first Storytelling Vic celebration will take place in the RAW Garden. RAW is an acronym for Resilient Aspiring Women. The Garden is open to the public but is in the private home of Mariam Issa.
photo: Mariam by Scott McNaughton
Over 15 years ago, Mariam and her family arrived in Australia as refugees from Somalia. She tells her story in her book A Resiliant Life. There is no doubting that Mariam is a ‘Strong Woman’.
The RAW garden is created with the assistance of volunteers; there are raised wiki beds, an out-door kitchen and a fire pit. In this garden, storytelling is valued as a way to educate and inspire young and old.
PARTICIPATE: Storytellers will share true and traditional tales that honour the strength of women around the world. If you would like to tell a story at this event, please let Kate know by Friday March 4th. Kate Lawrence - firstname.lastname@example.org
DATE: March 6
TIME: Celebrations take place between: 12.00 – 2.00pm
WHERE: The Raw Garden 325 South Road Brighton
ENTRY: $15 (Tellers need not pay unless they would like to donate to the garden.)
Here you can see Mariam launching her book in 2012 and speaking of her love of storytelling
Storytelling Vic is anticipating that throughout March there will be several World Storytelling Day events (independent and organised by us). We look forward to promoting, supporting and sharing these events wherever they are.
* During 2016, Vic Storytellers will be telling Tales in the RAW Garden on the first Sunday of every month February to November. If you would like to tell in the Garden please contact Kate for details.
There will also be WSD events in Readings Bookstores:
10.30am Carlton: 309 Lygon St, Carlton - Children’s storytime.
Sun 20 March:
- 2pm Hawthorn: 701 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn Rosemary Sayer, More to the Story: Conversations with Refugees.
- 4pm St Kilda: 112 Acland St, St Kilda (Adults)
We’ll let you know more details about the Readings events soon.
WSD logo created by Mats Rehnman