Wednesday, February 14, 2018

'Big Town, Little Town' March 3rd Kyneton

JOIN US at the Bluestone Theatre to hear some big stories from the little towns that make up our community.

Personal, funny, brave and insightful Big Town, Little Town is a collection of local stories that celebrate the wonderful people of Kyneton and surrounding towns.

In a community that is growing and changing, this is your chance to get to know some of your neighbours and hear their stories. From a ten pound pom to a recent arrival with tales from the pacific ocean, these stories will delight, inspire and connect you with some of the new and old faces in your community

Developed with playwright Hannie Rayson, Big Town, Little Town is presented by Friends of the Bluestone Theatre with the support of the Macedon Ranges Shire Council.

WHERE: Bluestone Theatre, 28 Hutton St Kyneton
WHEN: Saturday 3 March
TIME: 2.30 & 7.30pm
COST: Adults $10 / Children $5
                                                             BOOK: HERE
* This event has been heavily supported by Storytelling Aus Vic member Suzanne Sandow. 
Thank you for sharing this event with us Suzanne.


Mariam and Dee
On the Sunday  4th March at RAW Garden Storytelling, we will be celebrating International Women’s Day. This celebration has become a firm fixture in the Storytelling Australia Victoria calendar.

There will be food, fine company and the stories will grow wings under the care of our hostesses, Devi Palanisamy and Mariam Issa.

The theme for IWD 2018 is a call to press forward and progress gender parity - to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.

Come join us, bring a story to share and ears to listen. We value our listeners as much as our storytellers.  #PressforProgress

WHEN: Sunday 4th March
TIME: 12.00 - 3.00pm
WHERE: 325 South Road, Brighton East (short walk from Moorabbin Station)
Enter via the driveway

*photo Tatiana Scott

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


Storytelling Australia Victoria
Scholarship Application

for a SAV member to attend the
Sydney International  Storytelling Conference
1 – 3 June 2018
Theme: Nourished Through Story

The committee of Storytelling Australia Victoria has decided it will fund one SAV member to attend the Sydney International Storytelling Conference, covering the cost of registration for the event and $200 cash to go towards accommodation and travel. Further information about the conference can be found here.

This document sets out the considerations SAV will take into account in choosing a recipient of this scholarship, and how to apply.

In a nutshell we are looking for someone who we believe will get the most out of the conference, and make the most out of what they get!

We know applying for things can be stressful, and we also know that being a great storyteller and able to use story in creative and world changing ways does not automatically mean you are good at applications.

 So we want to make sure the application process is as accessible and stress free as possible. There is an application form below which you can use (copy and paste), or use only as a guide.  You can also write to us, record with audio/ video or any other medium you choose, to present your application.

We're not necessarily looking for the amount of experience you have, in either story or social justice. We're here to add value to your storytelling and social justice journey, so don't shy away from being honest about where you're at.
Be specific – use examples of things you've done / would like to do in your social justice work and how participating in a workshop might help.  Be focused – Don't just say you want to stop sexism (for example), tell us what you think needs to be done to make it happen.  Tell us why you care and why you do the work you do. Be clear and concise.

To be eligible, you will need to be a member or join SAV. You can see the fees here.

All the best with your application! If you have any questions about the process, please feel free to contact us by email at:

Storytelling Australia Victoria acknowledges the support of our sister organisation, the Australian Storytelling Guild (NSW), in assisting our capacity to offer this scholarship.


Residential address:

Phone number:


Website (if applicable):

Distance of conference from your capital city:

SAV member (please circle):                   Yes               No
If No, do you agree to join if your application is successful?             Yes    No


Some guiding questions:
What do you want to get out of the conference?

What do you plan to do with the new knowledge, experience and connections you will gain from the conference?

What is your connection and/or experience and/or passion for social justice. (We take a very broad view of the term social justice – essentially we mean the changes for the better you would like to bring to the world.)
Tell us what social justice causes you’re passionate about, what involvement or experiences you’ve had and what you would like to do with storytelling in this field.
Tell us a bit about yourself. Who you are and why you are drawn to storytelling for social change.

Tell us about your experience with and connection to oral storytelling. It can be as little as a lifelong desire to tell stories.
What is motivating you to embark on a journey of learning, telling and using story?
Why do you need a scholarship?

Would you attend the conference if you did not have the scholarship?

What will you do for SAV as a result of attending the conference? E.g. serve as office bearer in committee, or manage/ host some SAV events, etc.?

Applications are due by March 4. The successful applicant will be notified by March 18.

Please send your application to and write SCHOLARSHIP 2018 in the subject bar.

Warm wishes to you all,

The Storytelling Australia Victoria committee.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Peter Fernon: The Odyssey 24th February

click poster to enlarge

Thank you for sharing with us Peter (Storytelling Australia Vic)

Saturday, February 3, 2018


                                                          World Storytelling Day 2018
24th March
Theme: Wise Fools
Dear Storytellers,

We are now into February 2018 and I wish you a prosperous and joyful year, filled with happiness and stories.

This year, Storytelling Australia Victoria (SAV) is celebrating World Storytelling Day (WSD) on Saturday, the 24th March 2018.

This email is to extend an invitation for you to be part of:
  • Storytelling Performances
  • Showcase Resources
at the Library at The Dock, in Docklands between 2pm and 4.30pm.
Below you'll find more information and a link to the expression of interest form.

Do look out for the advertisements and posts on social media for World Storytelling Day 2018 in Melbourne.

Please Like and Share the information with your networks and I hope to see you at WSD with your families and friends. There is a Facebook Event Page and you will find all the necessary information there. Please let me know if you are not on Facebook and I will make sure you are kept in the loop.

We would love all SAV members to save the date and come on down to hear great stories and show your support to this event.

With Regards,
Devi Palanisamy (Dee)
SAV Treasurer &
2018 WSD Coordinator
Dee Palanisamy WSD 2017

                                             WHAT IS WORLD STORYTELLING DAY?
WSD logo: Mats Rehnman
 World Storytelling Day is a global celebration of oral storytelling and this year SAV is excited to be supported by Library at the Dock. We are keen to increase public awareness of oral storytelling.

We will register our event on the WSD international site kindly created by our Dutch counterparts

The theme is Wise Fools. We will be enjoying a selection of stories in the Performance space. The venue has a seating capacity of 120. You can find more details about the Performance space, accessibility and features via this link.

Performance Expression of Interest

This call is for eight storytelling performances.
We request that each story is strictly ten minutes or less.

Kindly complete and submit the Expression of Interest for World Storytelling Day form, which you can download from the SAV website,  and return it to by Friday, 16th February 2018.

Members, who wish to participate in WSD but are unable to send this information via Internet, can call me (Dee) on 0450091979.

Selection of the storytellers will be based on the different genres of stories and the various styles of storytelling within our membership.

You will need to be a current member of Storytelling Australia Victoria. Kindly ensure that your membership is active.  I have included the link to the membership page for your convenience.

Chosen participants are requested to attend a full dress rehearsal at the Fabled Night event in Newport on Friday, 16th MARCH at 7.30pm. This is to ensure that all the performances are in sync with the theme, supported and also to assist order of the stories. It is also a great way to build our community, and take your story for a test run. If you are unable to attend, please be clear about this on your application so we can make other arrangements.

The World Storytelling Day event is expected to run for 2.5 hours, from 2 – 4.30pm, including a 30-minute break.

It is an wonderful occasion to be part of, both of showing your story and your storytelling skills off, and for connecting with the SAV storytelling community.

We have booked the the Community are in front of The Dock Performance Space and invite you to showcase and/or sell your books, puppets and any other resources you may have. Perhaps have props you are no longer using and wish to give or sell? Bring your cards, banners etc to promote your storytelling business or projects. 

Please contact Dee if you would like a space at the tables. Note: SAV takes no responsibility for exhibits and sales. 
Matt McArthur WSD 2017

 Storytelling Australia Victoria values the time and commitment of our volunteers and we thank our past coordinators of WSD Teena Hartnett and Susan Hall.