Monday, March 20, 2017

World Storytelling Day

Many thanks to Storytelling Vic member Susan Hall who offered to organise and host an event to celebrate World Storytelling Day for 2017.
Susan Hall
With her connections in the Geelong Libraries, Susan booked us a space in the DOME Library and Heritage Centre. Many of us learned new stories to bring to this event and made good use of Fabled Nights in Newport to practice.

Alex and co
It was a mixed event - all kinds of stories and folks of all ages. Alex recruited the kids to help with the refrain of his story.

Durgah Devi
Durgah Devi dazzled with two stories including treating us to a version of The Hare and the Tortoise in Tamil. Also we need to thank Dee for arriving with boxes of exquisite cup cakes.

So that's it till next year. Story Vic thrives on the support and energy of members and a hard working committee. World Storytelling Day events were energised several years ago and hosted by Teena Hartnett. We have her to thank for getting them off the ground and now WSD is the first event we post in our calendar every year. Thank you Teena for sowing the seeds.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017

Sparks Workshops April / May 2017

Strategic StoryWork for Social Change 
  For Peer Workers - Self Advocates - Social Change Agents - Activists - Campaigners

A good story has the power to create change the world. Stories can tell us what is happening and how those happenings impact on people and the environment.  Stories can also show us what change we can create in the world, and if it is a really good story, it will tell us how to make that change happen. This workshop takes people through a process of using strategic StoryWork to lean how to tell the story of your ‘lived experience’ , the story of the of the social justice issue you are working on, and a story that will move people to action on your particular social justice issue. You will learn how to tell your story in ways that foster community, explore shared values, create hope and influence others on a path of social justice in action orientated ways.

When is the Strategic StoryWork for Social Change workshop?

The workshop will be held on Thursday 20th April and Friday 21st April. We will start at 9.30am and finish at 4.30pm.

How Much does it cost to attend these days?

The cost is $150 if you are unwaged, and $225 if you are waged. You can purchase your entry into the two day workshop through this link to trybooking:

Where is the workshop held?

The Knowledge Market 

Shop 8-10, 892 Bourke Street, Docklands

Adjacent Library at The Dock

The venue is wheelchair accessible.

What do I need to bring to the workshop?

Please bring your lunch, any snacks you may need, a pen and notebook (no computers please).

Herbal teas, coffee and water will be available.

 Story Play Day
You're invited to a story play day where we’ll play storytelling games, while we practice and share our storytelling skills. This play day is about stretching our skills and picking up new storytelling tips and tricks, and practice story skills we already know that help keep us on our toes.

When is the Play Day?
The Story Play Day is on Saturday May 13th 2017

What time does it start and finish?
The story plays day starts at 11am and finishes at 4.15 pm - it is an open and relaxed day so come when you can and leave when you must!

Is the Story Play Day family friendly?
Absolutely! If you are bringing small children, they are absolutely free to attend, but you are responsible for them.

How much does the day cost?
To participate in the day it costs $15 waged  and $10 if you are unwaged or if you are a Storytelling Australia Victoria (SAV) member and $5 for ‘big kids’ who are eagerly participating and playing in the games too. (small kids are free) Pay on the day!
$15 waged
$10 unwaged or a SAV member
$5 for young participants
Free for small children

I would love to volunteer to lead a story session
Sign up to lead a story game / activity or to lead a short story skills workshop and you get free entry to the Storytelling Play Day. Please email Lana if you would like to sign up to lead a session.

What shall I bring?
Bring your playfulness, enthusiasm, quick wit a plate to share for lunch - if it is lovely weather, we can eat outside in the park and have a picnic - otherwise we will go inside to the Knowledge Market for all our activities.

Herbal tea, coffee and water will be provided.

What does the day look like?

Facilitated by
11.30am to 12.15pm
Opening Story Circle
12.15pm to 1.00pm
Shared Lunch

1.00pm to 1.45pm
Session 2

1.45pm to 2.00pm

2.00om to 2.45pm
Session 3

2.45pm to 3.00pm

3.00pm to 3.45pm
Session 4

3.45pm to 4.30pm
Closing Story Circle

Read more about Lana Woolf HERE

Lana Woolf is also and award- winning spoken word artist. Brave New Voices: Biomyth Poetry workshop details HERE

Thank you for sharing your news Lana (Ed) 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Fabled Nights in Newport: March 17 and WSD: March 19

Come on over to Newport and join the storytellers as they strut their stuff, wrestle new stories into shape or learn the art from scratch.
We are using these nights to grow. All genres of story welcome: personal, yarns, folk tale and myth. We welcome stories in all languages. So if you are more comfortable telling tales in your mother tongue - come along.

We blink under the lights, film and time each other (if we want to)  and generally encourage each other to have a go. We aim to land our stories in 8 minutes but you know ... that takes practice!

Recently some of us have been using Fabled Nights to practice for World Storytelling Day. (see below)

WHERE: Newport Community HUB 13 Mason Street. Approach from the park, a short walk from the Newport Station
WHEN: 17 March (the 3rd Friday of the month)
TIME: 7.30 pm - 10.00 pm
COST: $5.00 or $3.00 Story Vic and Newport Fiddle and Folk Club members

*We ask that kind hearts and common sense prevail - misogynist, racist and homophobic stories hurt people. Please don't bring them to Fabled nights.


World Storytelling Day is a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling. Its a time when people gather to tell stories and listen to stories in as many languages and in as many places as possible.

Come along and celebrate with us, bring ears to listen or a story to share (8 mins max). There will be stories for all ages.

This event has been organised for us and will be hosted by Storytelling Vic member Susan Hall

WHEN: Sunday 19 March
TIME: 2.00 - 4.00 pm
WHERE: The Dome  (Geelong Library and Heritage Centre)
51 Little Mallop Street, Geelong.
*The Dome is a short walk from the Geelong Station.

International Women's Day: RAW Garden Storytelling

RAW Garden monthly storytelling is now into its second year and has well and truly found its direction. Durgah Devi Palinasamy (Storytelling Vic) and Mariam Issa (RAW) hold the space for people to be vulnerable, funny, adventurous and excited about sharing.
The numbers are steadily growing and more and more people are coming along and finding the confidence to share a story: personal, folk ... whatever comes to mind.
Tatiana Scott photographs the events giving us a wonderful selection of images to share with those of you were unable to join us.
This year we are asking if people would like to bring a plate of food (if they can) to share, as all the talking in the middle of the day requires sustenance.
The March gathering was a celebration in line with International Women's Day: Be Bold for Change.
We laughed, we cried, we laughed some more, we shared food and enjoyed the garden.
NEXT: RAW Garden Storytelling in April 2.
TIME: 12.00pm - 2.00pm (although we always seen to go over time!)
WHERE: 325 South Rd Brighton East
NO BOOKINGS required, pay at the gate.
COST: $15 or $10 SAV members

RAW website HERE

Saturday, February 18, 2017

KATE LAWRENCE: Footy Dreams and Story Wise News

As a life member of the Victorian Women’s Football League, twenty years dreaming and waiting, brought tears of joy as I watched the AFL Women’s comp kick off.  Seeing women play footy brought back many memories, and I know I have stories to birth from my nearly ten years playing, coaching or developing women's football.  For now I will settle for contemplating, via a photo, just who is that stranger in my body and a St Kilda jumper?   (Yes, I am in the photo above!)

The kids are back at school and I have time to work. Actually, for the first time in 13 years, it’s just one kid back at school. (Big changes at home this year, my eldest son heads off to university and my 15 year old daughter is in France for ten months).

I am sitting at a desk, newly nestled into the corner of my bedroom, a clear and clean place to get me back into a writing routine.  So far so good, here I am.

As always the start of a new year brings a new era, a clean slate full of possibilities. I’m aiming to haul myself back from the burning hot vortex that is the internet much more often, and be with myself, my words and stories, and the folks who want to work with me, tell stories, listen and read. 

Story Wise (trying to separate myself from the business, conceptually at least), has lots on offer this year.  Storytelling nights begin next month and the dates and themes are up on the website. The theme for March is Chance(s).
  • StoryWise Women, begins on March 7th and continues on the first Tuesday of the month at Long Play in St George Road, Fitzroy North. 
  • StoryWise Woodend begins on March 3rd and continues on the first Friday of the month at Holgates Hotel, High Street, Woodend. And the podcast of the best stories told in Woodend over the last 18 months, is on its second season and continues to grow listeners.  Subscribe in Itunes 
  • I will be running a  public online storytelling workshop!  It will be run over two 90 minute sessions on March 14 and 28th, 9.30 – 11am and limited to ten participants.  The first session is lots of learning about story and exploring possible stories to tell.  Then we shift into choosing a story and shaping it. In between the session participants pair up to practice their stories.   It is $75.
 I am heading off to Santa Fe for the first two weeks of April, (to work with a story and story business coach), but storytelling nights will continue with gracious stand in hosts.  I have new coaching packages, more paid story coaching clients, and getting closer to bigger, longer group workshops (I dream often about running a story retreat).  More to come after Santa Fe.

Thanks for sharing with us Kate. Enjoy your time in Santa Fe (ed)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Anne E Stewart: "So who was the first gay in the village."

Back by popular demand, local storyteller Anne E Stewart tells the history of gay friendly Daylesford; using words and images Anne tells a moving, funny and poignant story of the history Daylesford.

WHEN: Saturday 11 March
TIMES: 3-4.30pm & 6pm - 7:30pm

WHEN: Sunday 12 March
TIMES: 3pm - 4:30pm

WHERE: The Story House: 52 Millar Street, Daylesford

This show is part of the ChillOut Festival.

Visit The Story House created by Anne and her sister Jane and explore the rich program on offer.