Wednesday, October 24, 2018


 Greetings story folks. This is your friendly reminder.


We now use Eventbrite to make it easy for you to JOIN HERE. 

We offer a range of memberships, services and concessions.
  • Individual Membership - $30.00 
  • Individual Concession Membership - $20.00
  • Family Membership - $30 (Up to 2 adults and 4 children)
  • Group Membership - $30
  • SAV Tellers page photo and bio listing - $20
  • ​SAV Coaches page photo and bio listing - $20

Membership to SAV
·      Entitles you join the committee, vote and have a say in the direction of the organisation.
·      Receive expressions of interests to participate in our annual public events. These may include: World Storytelling Day, folk, community and literary festivals, World Peace Day.
·      Discounts to SAV events.
·      Apply for SAV scholarships or bursaries. Currently we support members to attend: The Sydney International Storytelling Conference and Federation of Asian Storytellers Conference.
·      Members are also invited to share any news, ponderings and events to our blog.
·      If you are a working storyteller, you can list yourself publicly on our website and all enquiries for tellers are shared to this list.
·      Be part of a warm, creative and welcoming community of people who enjoy oral storytelling in all its guises.

We encourage you to check that you are subscribed to our blog as this remains an important platform connecting us. The SAV blog is reserved for members only, however we use Facebook to share as much news about storytelling in Victoria as we can harvest.

Please visit our website and refresh yourselves with our values and purpose.
We value your membership and support.

And while we have you attention, we would like to acknowledge the work of the SAV committee who volunteer time to keep the wheels greased and the engine running of Storytelling Australia Victoria.

Monday, October 15, 2018


Only two more Fabled Nights left for the year.

This one is a bit special (well they're all special), as one of our number is heading off to work in Antarctica.

Diver Matt McArthur is one of our hosts, urn boilers and room arrangers. Its the practical support offered by the Storytelling Australia Victoria team that make it possible to relax and enjoy the evening of tales.

Matt tells all sorts of stories but his interest in science communication and the history of human activity in Antarctica means he has some pretty unique stories to tell.

Here he is at The Moth Melbourne Grand Slam 2018 with his story When worlds collide - the seal meets a monkey. Visit Diver Matt's website and learn more about what he has on offer.

WHEN: Friday 19th October 7.30pm - 10.00pm
WHERE: Newport Community HUB 13 Mason Street, Newport
COST: $5.00 or $3.00 (Storytelling Vic and Newport Fiddle and Folk Club members). No Booking required.

* FABLED NIGHTS is an inter-generational event. Children welcome at parent/carers discretion.

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

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.

Come along, bring a story to share or ears to listen. Fabled Nights is a place to experiment and have a go at telling a tale for the first time. And we are a friendly bunch.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Federation of Asian Storytellers

To the best of our knowledge there are now two federations uniting storytellers across Europe and Asia: FEST (Federation for European Storytelling)  and FEAST (Federation of Asian Storytellers). Perhaps one day, those of us in the Australia Pacific region will unite - FEAPST!

FEAST and FEST differ in many ways and in others, are similar. The European organisation is for organisations in Europe, not individuals.

The Asian organisation is open to organisations, individuals and non-member countries (countries not defined as 'Asian').

You can follow the links we have given you and explore for yourselves what these groups do and what they are planning.

Storytelling Australia Victoria decided to support the growth of the Federation of Asian Storytellers by joining as a non-member country and we have made a generous donation towards supporting storytellers from developing Asian countries to attend the first conference and towards memberships.

Storytelling Australia Victoria has friends and members with deep roots in Asia. And many of us working in schools and preschool centres have broadened our knowledge of traditional stories from across Asia to acknowledge the background of our listeners.

Storytelling Festivals are blossoming across Asia - in Thailand, South Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, Tamil Nadu and Singapore, drawing tellers from around the world together in story. Australian based storytellers are increasingly participating and connecting with colleagues to the north.

Support to attend the inaugural conference in SINGAPORE 23rd 24th November.

As an institutional member of FEAST, Storytelling Australia Victoria can offer a discounted rate for a couple of our members to the upcoming Storytellers' Conference.

Keynote: Margaret Read McDonald
Workshops: Dr Wajuppa Tossa, Ariyo Fardh Zidni, Sheila Wee, Jeeva Raghunath, Alicia Dongjoo Bang, Ng Kok Keong as well as Christine Carlton (Australia), Craig Jenkins (UK) and Giovana Conforto (Italy).

The conference program is available HERE.

Timing is tight. So if you are a member of Storytelling Australia Victoria and you are interested in attending this conference and accessing the discount, please:
Subject: FEAST

The world of storytelling, connection and support just keeps growing!

RAW Garden Storytelling October 7 and November 4

 Only two more RAW Garden Storytelling sessions for 2018

Its been a wonderful year of story sharing and connection and we are grateful to Durgah Devi Palinasmy and Mariam Issa for keeping us on track.

Sunday 7th October Please join us in the garden as it bursts into spring
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.

THEMES: Sometimes we have a theme but we are not strict about this and will let you know if there is something in particular we would like to explore.

Sunday 4th November Deepavali
Enjoy the Festival of Lights (Deepavali). In November we celebrate with food and stories! We invite you to bring a plate of nibbles to share and look forward to having an amazing afternoon with you.
This is the third year Dee has shared Deepavali with us - come along, learn with us and celebrate the end of a wonderful year of stories.

WHEN: Raw Garden Storytelling12 PM - 3 PM
WHERE: 325 South Road Brighton East

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

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

Fabled Nights: October 19 and November 16

Fabled Nights in Newport will soon be winding up for 2018.
We have two more gatherings left, 19th October and 16th November.
BUT there is work to be done!!!

Storytelling Australia Victoria is celebrating World Storytelling Day 2019 at The Dock on March 23rd.

THEME: Myths, Legends and Epics.

We'll have a curated show for children in the morning and in the afternoon, Storytelling Australia Vic storytellers will be invited to share a story for adults.

If you would like to toss your hat into the ring for the afternoon show,  we suggest you start researching and practicing now. And what better place to practice than at Fabled Nights. Think 10 minutes and think big!

An Expression of Interest form will be sent to our members closer to the end of year, so now is a good time to check your status if you wish to tell a story. Membership.

Anna Manuel sharing a new kamishibai story at the September Fabled Nights

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.

We reserve 2 - 15 minute places for people who want to try out longer stories.

Let kind hearts and commonsense prevail: racist and homophobic stories hurt people so please don't bring them to Fabled Nights.

WHEN: Friday 19th October and 16th November 7.30pm - 10.00pm
WHERE: Newport Community HUB 13 Mason Street, Newport
COST: $5.00 or $3.00 (Storytelling Vic and Newport Fiddle and Folk Club members). No Booking required.

* FABLED NIGHTS is an inter-generational event. Children welcome at parent/carers discretion.

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

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.

Monday, October 1, 2018

INVITATION: Dreaming and Planning for 2019

Sunday, October 14, come and get involved in Storytelling Australia Victoria (SAV) and have a say in what we do.

One of our trained and experienced facilitators will aim to encourage all voices, ideas and collaborations.

This is an annual gathering where we invite members to an open discussion.

As our numbers swell, we feel the need to offer more ways for people to participate and have a say in the structure, direction and activities of the organisation.

What kinds of events, activities and relationships would you like to be involved with in the calendar for 2019?

What skills, time and energy do you have to contribute to our events? The more skills we have in the pot, the bigger we can dream.
  • Mcing
  • Photography
  • Recording
  • Graphic design
  • Front of house
  • Website design
  • ....

How can Storytelling Vic better support:
  • individual dreams
  • community strengthening
  • building the network across Victoria
  • …..
Sunday, October 14, 
10:30 AM – 3:30 PM

East Melbourne Maternal and Child Care Health Centre, Powlett Reserve cnr of Grey and Simpson Streets East Melbourne

10th October
Jackie Kerin by text: 0412 210 098
Storytelling Australia Victoria:

Lunch provided. Any special dietary requirements please let us know when you RSVP.

*If you are a member but unable to join us and wish to contribute your ideas and capacity please email your thoughts to us before October 14 and we will make sure that your ideas are recorded and discussed.

*If your membership has lapsed, you can sign upon the day

You should keep in mind that the building adjoins the East Melbourne Child Care Cooperative but the room we are using has a separate entrance. The entrance is closer to the ‘city end’ of the building, there may no longer be any signage there indicating a community room/MCH building.

It should be noted that parking is a bit tricky around this building, it is metred parking (1-2 hours) and would suggest that anyone attending get parking in Richmond or perhaps Colling (which are really close by).


The building really close to North Richmond train station, Victoria Parade trams and also a lovely walk through the gardens from Flinders Street.

Jackie Kerin: 0412 210 098