Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Thank you Louisa John-Krol and Teen Hartnett

  The story year is drawing to close.

Before we at Storytelling Australia Victoria central take a break from dreaming and planning, we have a few acknowledgements and thank yous to make.

The re-visioning of SAV over the past three years has been a slow and committed process from a small committee. After many voluntary hours, two of our members have decided to step to the side. We’d like to thank, from the depth of our hearts, the contributions made to the organization by Louisa John-Krol and Teena Hartnett.

Teena Hartnett
Teena stepped into multiple roles: administration secretary, membership secretary and treasurer. She has painstakingly set up systems, prepared our yearly statements ensuring the ongoing health and sustainability of our organisation. Teena also supported us in establishing World Storytelling Day as an annual event in our calendar, negotiated venues and graciously hosted. She has also hosted Stories by the Fire for us at the Newport Folk Festival.

In addition to these roles Teena has kept the communication open with members and planned our end of year celebrations. She also instigated the idea that we deepen our relationship with the Newport Fiddle and Folk Club and library partnerships. This has led to a Partnership with Hobsons Bay Libraries who now support us with a beautiful venue for our third Friday of the month gathering: Fabled Nights in Newport. Teena also introduced Storytelling Australia Victoria to the Foundling Archive and the Good Room and laid the groundwork for our inaugural event celebrating International Day of the Girl.

Louisa John-Krol
We wish to acknowledge the support offered by Louisa who took on the unexciting but essential role of Public Officer and the task of setting up our insurance. These roles can take one into labyrinthine spaces on the Internet and Louisa showed great perseverance and got us sorted!

However the greatest gift she has given, is the history of Storytelling Australia Victoria and the stories of our life members. With the wave of new people joining us, it was apparent that we did not know the history of the organization. Louisa spent well over a year researching, interviewing, and collating information and images. Her work is meticulous and it gives us great pride to see it up on the website. It is also a reminder that Storytelling Australia Victoria will be celebrating 40 years in 2018.

Louisa is also a member of the Australian Fairy Tale Society and she provides a strong link between our organisations. Many of our members belong to both groups.

Louisa continues with her writing and music. You can enjoy her work HERE

Our committee members oil the cogs and grease the wheels that keep us moving forward and we recognize they also work hard and have busy personal lives.

On behalf of the members and the committee, thank you Teena and Louisa for your support and the hours you have gifted Storytelling Australia Victoria. We look forward to seeing you at events and hearing you tell stories

And we look forward to introducing you to the brave new storytellers who have offered to step into these rather large shoes.

Jackie Kerin (president)

Midsummer Faerie Rade 21 January

Some news from our good friends at the Australian Fairy Tale Society.

They would like to give you the heads up for the annual Midsummer Faery Rade parade and picnic.

Roslyn Quin (Storytelling Victoria and member of the Australian Fairy Tale Society) will be telling tales in the Treasury Gardens after the Rade.

This is a free public event and all the details can be found on the Golden Owl website

November Fabled Nights - our last for 2017

Its been a joy watching this open story evening slowly find its feet and grow.

Some months the room is full to bursting with a cacophony of storytellers and listeners and some months, its a more sedate gathering.

We're grateful to enjoy a Partnership with Hobsons Bay Libraries who make this wheelchair accessible space at the Newport HUB available to us.

We have the use of a terrific kitchen with all mod cons and the room has a screen and projector which has led us to explore Skyping international storytellers, seeing what others are up to on You tube and in November, we welcomed digital artist Rex Smeal who not only drew a story for us, he drew us!
Jackie Kerin telling the story of 'The Dragon's Eye' in front of the screen illustrated by Rex

Our technological experiments have led to some hilarity but we are learning.

During the year we have shared Mcing, the taking of photographs and filming and Alex has bought us a set of lights that we will soon all learn to use. And of course we have shared kitchen duties. The purpose of Fabled Nights is to explore and grow and to that end, we have been diligent.

 Dave Davies captured by Rex on screen and by David Campbell in photo

We'll be back in 2018 on the third Friday of the month from March till November. Keep and eye on our website (the 2018 events are slowly being loaded into the calendar), sign up for the blog news and follow us on Facebook.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Fabled Nights in Newport: November 17

Come along to the final Fabled Nights for 2017. Come and celebrate with us a rich year of community and story sharing, cake eating and tea drinking. We'll be back again in March 2018.

Special Guest: Rex Smeal
If the universe works in our favour, this month we will have a special guest. Rex Smeal is a freelance animator and games artist. Our plan is to drop the screen in the HUB, hook up a computer and tablet and Rex will demonstrate how a story might be spontaneously illustrated. Rex moved to Melbourne from Tasmania just in time for PAX Australia 2017 and was the artist anchoring a panel whose task it was to design a board game in 60 minutes!
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.

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.

EMAIL: storytellingvic@live.com.au SUBJECT HEADING: BLACKBIRD
* 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.