Monday, June 27, 2016

Kate Lawrence: Story Wise gets wiser…

Jackie has asked (thank you Jackie) and I have provided. 
Here is a bit of an update from me and Story Wise, from here in the Macedon Ranges, (and pushing down into the big smoke).
Story Door, Woodend’s True Storytelling Night
Story Door on the first Friday of the month, has settled in and is steadily growing. No, a more accurate description would be that its growing in fits and starts – one-month full house, next month numbers drop, next month numbers are up again.
We started with 20 being a minimal crowd, and now that would be 30.  Full house about 50.  The tellers too have been increasing in number, with one night seeing us break the barrier and hear 11 tellers. 
A few things have helped Story Door grow: the support and excitement of the community, social media, regularity, the pub environment where people can eat and have a drink, and a separate room for the stories, where we can focus. 
But one of the biggest things that has contributed to the event’s success is the support of the experienced storytelling community. 
It’s been such a relief to me to have Jackie Kerin, Teena Hartnett, Peter Fernon and Cassis Lumb as regular storytellers.  I can, and do rely on these tellers to tell a great story and to really lift the standard of the night.  They show the audience and other tellers what to aspire to and aim for. 
But there are always a few spots left on the board when we get started, (sometimes as many as five) and so we see others having a go, planned and unplanned, repeat tellers who have caught the bug and others telling their first story.  And every month we have ripper stories.
As well as Story Door, I’ve  been blogging weekly with reflections, stories, tips and tricks for personal storytelling (you can sign up here). 
I’ve been running introductory storytelling workshops in Woodend, with more scheduled for Riddells Creek in July and I’ve also been building connections with true story lovers and learners in Melbourne with Melbourne’s True Storytelling Meet Up.  I had lots of fun giving a workshop at the NSW International Storytelling Festival, and the Willi Lit Festival, and I was a voice for oral storytelling on a panel at the Emerging Writers Festival.
Storytelling Projects:  Running Story Door has helped me to develop my storytelling MC skills and see how it is another form of holding safe space, in a story kind of way.  Bringing together workshops and performance in a storytelling project would be an amazing way to build community, make sense of life experiences and capture stories.   So I have set my sights, and hope to combine my skills and experiences to serve communities, be they geographical or experience based.  (And here’s a pitch: Any agencies looking for a wonderful community building, story-skill-developing project – I’d love to have a chat.)
Kate Lawrence – Story Wise

Please, if you are a member, follow Kate's example. If you have workshops, shows, reports and reviews or open mic events that you would like to share,  contact us. We spread as much Victorian story news as we can on our Facebook but this blog and our Newsletter is reserved for members and their projects. Jackie K (blog editor)

Friday, June 24, 2016

Newport Folk Festival 1-3 July


 As part of the Newport Folk Festival, Story Vic invites you all to Stories by the Fire. This is an open mic for Storytellers and poets. Hosted by the Mistress of story, Teena Hartnett. Come and listen or tell a tale. We welcome stories of all genres - 8 minutes or less.
Come and warm your toes by the fire and enjoy the good company.
NB You will need to be quick if you wish to get your name on the board. It fills up in a flash.
WHEN: Saturday 2 July
WHERE: Newport Scout Hall 6 Market Street Newport
TIME: 6.00 pm

at the Newport Folk Festival
 Jackie Kerin and Sarah Depasquale will be at the Festival with their Tales from the Flyway.
Together they will take you on a journey following the path of the migratory shore birds, from Hobsons Bay along the East Asian Australasian Flyway to Siberia and back. They pose the question: If we were to fly with the birds and visit some of the wetlands along the way, what stories might we hear?

WHEN: Saturday July 2
WHERE: The Substation
TIME: 2.00 pm

Check the Newport Folk Festival website for all the details, the full program of events and ticketing HERE

Fabled NIghts in Newport: June

Our numbers are growing every month and so is the amount of cake!
Stories of all kinds were shared in June: folk tales, personal stories, tall tales and a kamishibai story.

We welcomed Devi Palanisamy. Devi has moved to Melbourne from Singapore where she is part of the Storytelling Association (Singapore). Many of us have storytelling friends across the water to the north on Facebook but rarely do we get to meet and share stories.

Finally Alex and Miles (father and son team) stepped into the light and tandem told a story that traveling Irish storyteller David Doyle left with us on his last night in Australia; a story seed planted by a traveler, quietly nurtured and finally shared.

Next Fabled Nights in Newport is July 15
Time: 7.30 - 10.00
Where: Newport Scout Hall 6 Market Street Newport (opp Substation)
Cost: $5.00/3.00 (members)

Niki na Meadhra: RAW Garden Storytelling – July 3rd, 2016

Stories for the heart of Winter! Niki will come with ancient stories of the Queen of Winter, the ancient woman, who stirs the seas and brings the snow in Ireland and warmly invites you to bring your own mid-Winter stories, songs and thoughts to share.
 Niki na Meadhra is a professional storyteller, theatre artist and Creative Director of Hearth Tales. She has just returned from touring in Ireland, telling stories at festivals and concerts, and carrying out extensive research.
Passionate about her Irish ancestry, abundant in potent legend and folklore, she powerfully engages audiences of all ages in magical transporting stories, with wisdom and joy.
Where: The RAW Garden 325 South Road East Brighton 
Time: 12.00 - 2.00
Cost: $15.00 at the door
Learn more about the RAW garden HERE
Learn more about Niki HERE

Monday, June 13, 2016

Fabled Nights in Newport 17 June 2016

We're back in the Newport Scout Hall this Friday. Our numbers are growing to the point where one cake may no longer be sufficient!

Fabled Nights is not an open competition, just an open hearted space for all storytellers and story lovers. There will be space for ten people to tell their story of around 7 minutes. 
It is open to any and all genres of story.

COST: $3.00 (Storytelling Vic and Newport Fiddle and Folk Club
 $5.00 non members
WHEN:  7:30 pm - 10.00 pm
WHERE: THE NEWPORT SCOUT HALL: Market Street, Newport (opposite the Substation  and squeezed between the RSL and Bowls Club). By the Newport train station.

There will be tea/coffee and biccies/cake.
There are food venues in nearby Mason Street. Or feel free to bring some food and wine and make yourselves comfortable.

Storytelling Vic is hosting an open floor for the Newport Folk Festival, Saturday July 2: Stories by the Fire. Fabled Nights is an excellent place to come and practice your story for the festival. Storytellers who participate are given a wrist band which gives them fee access to festival events.

Check out the Newport Festival Program HERE

The Australian Fairy Tale Society’s 3rd Annual Conference 26 June 2016

Theme: Into the Bush - Its Beauty and Its Terror
Description:  Into the Woods,’ is a phrase that has become closely linked to the fairy tale genre. It conjures up all manner of fairy tale images, such as roguish wolves waiting behind trees and lost children stumbling upon gingerbread houses. But how does it translate into the Australian fairy tale tradition? For our third annual conference, we will be exploring what happens when we venture… ‘Into the Bush.’ Australian fairy tales reflect many of the realities of the bush, while also reimagining it as a space of magic and mystery. Whether it is depicted as real or otherworldly, the bush always encompasses duality – it is a place of both beauty and terror.

This one day conference is a feast of academic papers, performances, readings and feisty discussion.
It will be taking place 'inside' the Glen Eira Storytelling Festival so if you are hungry for more spoken word or literary stimulation there is plenty to explore.

Victorians you are lucky as previous conferences have taken place in NSW.

Visit the AFTS website for all the details, The full program is available, and you will need to register.

Glen Eira Storytelling Festival 18 June - 3 July 2016

Welcome to the Glen Eira Storytelling Festival - they have joined the Storytelling Australia Vic network.

WHEN: 18 June - 3 July
WHERE: multiple venues across the Glen Eira municipality, Melbourne

The Storytelling Festival has become the centrepiece of Glen Eira City Council's Arts and Culture program and within this festival you'll find exhibitions, historical tours, films, talks, open mic sessions and even an interactive collaborative art installation - all of which highlight the different ways we tell and share stories.

The Storytelling Festival will be held in a range of venues, including Glen Eira Town Hall, Caulfield; Council's libraries in Carnegie, Caulfield, Bentleigh and Elsternwick; local cafes and bars; and other venues across Glen Eira, with events to suit all age groups, budgets and interests.

Have a look at the program, there it much that will interest you. This festival celebrates storytelling in all its guises so if you are looking for the events that are specifically about oral storytelling here are a few tips to whet your curiosity.

Storytelling is a common and shared human experience that transcends culture, language and time. Through storytelling we come together and share our histories, our experiences and the important stories that have been handed down through generations.

Open mic opportunities
Scroll through the program and look for the orange mic, this marks all the open mic opportunities.

Story Peddlers
The Story Peddlers are bringing back the art of the roaming storyteller. 
The Australian Fairy Tale Conference: Into the Bush - Its beauty and Its terror
This is the Australian Fairy Tale Society's 3rd annual Conference
Performances, readings, artworks and academic papers.
Check out the breadth of the Glen Eira Storytelling program  HERE
NB For some sessions you will need to book.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Jan 'Yarn' Wositzky's story show BILARNI, is on again: Victoria and the Nothern Territory

Saturday June 11 – Buninyong
Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky tracks the ‘expert’ on Aborigines, the greatest yarn spinner of them all,
We (Bill) Harney in a land where everything and nothing is black and white.

WHEN         Saturday June 11 @ 7.00 for 7.30 pm start.
WHERE       Buninyong Brewery, 107 Yuille St, Buninyong (near Ballarat)$20 includes tea & coffee
COST            $20. Free tea & coffee
BOOK           0419 324 042 &

Sunday 19 June – Castlemaine
Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky tracks the ‘expert’ on Aborigines, the greatest yarn spinner of them all,
We (Bill) Harney in a land where everything and nothing is black and white.

WHEN         Sunday June 19 @ 2.00 for 2.30
WHERE       House show in Campbell’s Creek. Location revealed when booking.
COST            $25 includes wine, nibbles, tea & coffee
BOOK           With Jan: 0417 332 065
Saturday 25 June – Katherine (NT)
Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky tracks the ‘expert’ on Aborigines, the greatest yarn spinner of them all,
We (Bill) Harney in a land where everything and nothing is black and white.

WHEN         Saturday June 25 @ 7.30pm
COST            $20/ $15/ $10
BOOK           08 8972 3751
July 2016
Saturday July  9 & Sunday 10  – Darwin
DETAILS for Darwin still being finalised: check in on Jan's website: HERE
Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky tracks the ‘expert’ on Aborigines, the greatest yarn spinner of them all,
We (Bill) Harney in a land where everything and nothing is black and white.

WHEN         Saturday July  9  @ ** pm
Sunday July 10 @ ** pm
WHERE       The Living Room (Details TBC)
COST            TBC
BOOK           TBC

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Gael Cresp: Read to Tell. Wonthaggi 18 June 2016

This program will show you how to read a story in order to tell a story – without the book, without any props, without notes, without memorizing the text.
 Gael will take you through a range of methods of learning a story and help you to discover which method or methods suit your learning style.
Parents and grandparents will find all sorts of use for these skills while caregivers and teachers (from kindergarten to university) will find the insights Gael’s methods offer to their students useful when creating individualized learning programs.
Knowing how to do your preparation and then speak without notes is invaluable for everyone.

Gael has over 30 years of experience with telling stories in schools and libraries and with teaching others this skill.
All adults are most welcome to these free sessions. Bookings are essential for set up and catering purposes so phone Wonthaggi Library on 5672 1875 and come along to join the fun.

WHERE: Wonthaggi Library, Murray Street 
WHEN: 10.30 am to 12 noon Saturday 18th June
More about Gael HERE

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Scissors Paper Rock Story: invitation from Dani Bücheler-Scott: 4 June Mentone

Do you and the kids like listening to stories and making them up or do they like painting on rocks?
If yes head on down to Mentone for a fun-filled 2 hours of creativity and wonder as we enter a world of stories told through a variety of mediums.

"Frothy Betty Creative Productions" takes pride in creating a space where kids and adults alike can immerse themselves in art, away from technology. We go back to basics as we bring out the paints, rocks, paper and good old-fashioned oral storytelling, to bring about a very human experience and sense of community.

Watch artist Liz in action as she asks you and the kids to paint rocks and then makes up a story with those rocks. The kids may even want to make up their own story, which is always loads of fun.

 I will be using my 'Kamishibai' (Japanese style storytelling paper stage) to tell a couple of tales. This way of storytelling is very interactive and engaging as it is easy to see the colorful A3 picture cards being moved from front to back as the story unfolds.

All the monies raised from ticket sales will go towards a wonderful charity project that allows children to attend school in remote communities in Pakistan, as we believe everyone should have the opportunity for education.

So if you feel like a fun afternoon where you can foster your kids' creativity come on down to Liz' art studio in Mentone, take a tour of her wonderful community garden and feel good about supporting a very worthwhile charity.

WHEN: Sat 4 June
TIME: 2.00pm - 4.00pm
WHERE: Frothy Betty Studio 62 Flinders St, Mentone
More about Frothy Betty HERE
* Thanks Dani for sharing your event with us. We LOVE hearing about the activities of Story Vic tellers.

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