Sunday, October 15, 2017



Sunday 12 November a trip on the Blackbird

The Storytelling Australia Victoria committee has been thinking about our end of year get-together. All sorts of adventures were suggested but we couldn’t go past another trip on the Blackbird.

Last year we explored the Marybyrnong but this time we thought we’d explore The Docklands. The trip is 60 minutes return.

The boat trip is our shout but you will pay for your own lunch. However we will supply snacks and nibbles for the intrepid explorers.

There are 30 places (including children) on the Blackbird and these book out fast.


12.30 LUNCH
• Meet at the Happy River Cafe, 45 Moreland St, Footscray (at the Footscray Community Arts Centre).
• The Arts Centre is a short walk from the train station and there is limited paid parking available if you're driving.
• The Happy River Cafe doesn't split bills.
• There are vegan / vegetarian / GF options

• The Blackbird is docked a few hundred metres from the cafe so it's only a short walk away.
• The Ferry Terminal is located: Bottom of Saltriver Place Melway 42 E5.
• The Blackbird will depart on the dot so please be on time.

* It can get nippy out on the water so please bring something warm.

PLEASE RSVP by 25 October. We only have spaces for a maximum of 30 people.

* Please indicate in your email what are booking for:

• Lunch
• Cruise
• Lunch and Cruise
• How many are you booking for?

For more information: The Blackbird website

Any problems on the day contact either:
Jackie 0412 210 098 or Lana 0468 434 755

Please remember this is a members and family event so it is essential that your membership is current. To renew follow this link.

If you are new member or don’t know many of us, rest assured we are a friendly bunch and you will be made to feel welcome. Storytelling Vic takes pride in hospitality and welcoming newcomers.

Fabled Nights in Newport
• October 20: special guest documentary maker Mojan Javadi is coming along to hear about the stories you heard as a child that you still carry in your heart. Read about her project HERE 
• November 17: Last gathering for the year. We will reconvene in March 2018. Come and celebrate a great year of stories with nibbles and bubbles, tea and cake.

7.30 PM – 10.30 PM
Newport Community HUB 13 Mason Street (enter via the park)
Entry $3.00 members or $5.00

RAW Garden Storytelling
• November 5: Enjoy the Festival of Lights (Deepavali) this month as we celebrate with food and stories! We invite you to bring a plate of food to share and look forward to having an amazing afternoon with you. This is the final RAW Garden Storytelling for 2017, we’ll be back in February 2018.

12.00 PM – 3.00 PM
325 South Road Brighton East
Entry FREE

RAW Garden Storytelling: Deepavali.

Enjoy the Festival of Lights (Deepavali) this month as we celebrate with food and stories! We invite you to bring a plate of food to share and look forward to have an amazing afternoon with you.

RAW Garden Storytelling is a partnership event with Mariam Issa and the RAW Garden and Storytelling Vic. The Garden celebrates the uniqueness and aspirations of multicultural women through gardening, storytelling, crafts and cooking. Durgah Devi Palanisamy (Dee) from Storytelling Vic is our host. Dee will have a mix of special guests and story games and there is always a space for friends to tell a tale.

We value listeners and storytellers equally and take pride in welcoming newcomers to RAW.

* photograph supplied by Tatiana Scott 

WHEN: Sunday, November 5 at 12 PM - 3 PM
WHERE: 325 South Road Brighton East

BOOKINGS: not necessary.
ENTER: by the drive way gate.

This is the final RAW Garden storytelling for 2017, we will reconvene in February 2018

International Day of the Girl

Heart felt thanks to all who joined us for this inaugural storytelling evening, an event marking the International Day of the Girl.

Thank you to the story tellers: Katherine, Roslyn, Anna, Jackie, Louisa, Devi, Suzanne, Lily-Ann, Miles and Alex. And a shout out to Kate who drew all the threads together and who hosted, to Jackie and Yogini, who assisted and to Teena who initiated the idea.

This was the first time Storytelling Vic has held an event in The Good Room at the Foundling Archive. If you don't already know, The Good Room is an intimate space with access for all, located in East Brunswick. Well worth investigating if you are planning a storytelling event.

Pictured are our two youngest storytellers. It has been one of the delights of 2017 watching these two develop their skills.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Fabled Nights in Newport: 20 October

 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.

Let kind hearts and commonsense prevail: racist and homophobic stories hurt people so please don't bring them to Fabled Nights
WHERE: Newport HUB 13 Mason Street, enter via the park (the new building)
WHEN: 7.30 pm - 10.30 pm
COST: $5.00 or $3.00 (Storytelling Vic and Newport Fiddle and Folk Club members). No Booking required.

* FABLED NIGHTS is an intergenerational event. Children welcome at parent/carers discretion

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.

This month's photo shows us celebrating the September launch of the Art of Oral Storytelling Journal, and initiative by one of our members Lana Woolf. On the screen is  storyteller Asha Sampath Skyping in from Chennai. 

October Special Guest
We have a special guest coming to the October evening, documentary maker Mojan Javadi. Mojan is keen to hear about the stories that touched your heart as a child that you have carried into adulthood. Perhaps you can remember the story or maybe only the essence has stayed with you?
Came and meet Mojan, hear about her project, and perhaps you can prepare a story to share. Read more about Mojan HERE.

October Fabled Nights will be co hosted by Vic storyteller  Matt McArthur. We are grateful to our members who support our events with hosting, hospitality and setting up and kitchen duties!

Matt is one of our science storytellers. Here he is in action. Kindly recorded for us by member Alex Kharnam.

Fabled Nights in Newport is a partnership event with Hobsons Bay Libraries and is supported by the Newport Fiddle and Folk Club.


Its that time of year folks! 
Membership of Storytelling Australia Victoria provides you with many opportunities to be involved in storytelling:  
  • member discounts
  • organisational support for projects that promote storytelling in Victoria
  • voting rights to influence the direction of the organisation 
  • the opportunity to be listed as a storyteller on our website (for an additional fee)
  • to promote your group 
And you get to meet and hang out with a splendid bunch of diverse people.

Membership runs from 1 November to 31 October. New membership applications received after 1 July will be valid for 16 months until 31 October of the following year. 

Please go to our website and fill in the form and to complete your application pay with direct deposit, or print and complete the forms and post it with a cheque.

Annual fees for membership are:

Individual Membership - $30.00
Individual Concession Membership - $20.00
Family Membership - $30 (Up to 2 adults and 4 children)
Group Membership - $30

Visit our website and you will see us in action, subscribe to our blog for member news and events (free) and follow us on Facebook where we promote all the storytelling news we can muster from around the state 


Tales from the Flyway: Melton Sat October 28 10:30 am

Bird Week is coming up and we are celebrating with the Melton Environment Group
'Tales from the Flyway' is a storytelling show I developed with my violinist buddy Sarah Depasquale. Sarah and I share a love of wetlands and birds, especially those found at our doorstep in the western suburbs of Melbourne.

Together we'll take you on a journey following the path of migratory shore birds, from south-east Australia to Siberia, along the East Asian Australasian Flyway. The show is playful and occasionally enlightening.

WHEN: Sat October 28 10:30 am - 11:30 am
WHERE: Melton Library and Learning HUB  32 McKenzie Street Melton
COST: A FREE inter-generational event.

Jackie Kerin