Thursday, September 21, 2017

Storytelling @ RAW Garden: 1st October

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.
*photographs supplied by Tatiana Scott 

WHERE: 325 South Road Brighton East
WHEN: 1st October

TIME: 12.00 PM - 2.00 PM

Bookings are not necessary.
Enter by the drive way gate.

Here's what we were doing in the garden in October last year: learning about crafting and telling personal stories with Kate Lawrence.
 *photographs supplied by Tatiana Scott  

Friday, September 15, 2017

The ART of ORAL STORY TELLING JOURNAL: Launched at 'Fabled Nights in Newport'

Last night at Fabled Night in Newport, our regular monthly gathering of storytellers, we launched The Art of Oral Storytelling Journal!!

Congratulations Vic member Lana Woolf, you have created a wonderful on-line resource and meeting place for storytellers around the world. Thank you Asha Sampath (Chennai) for braving our experiment and appearing via Skype. The inaugural edition has contributors from Kenya, Italy, Singapore, India, Brazil and Australia.

Check it out. AOST is open for the next round of submissions. 
Many thanks to our Newport partners, Hobsons Bay Library for supporting us in our vision to make use of the available technology. As well as Skype we were able to enjoy some videos of the contributors. This is Cadu Cinelli and the Tapetes Contadores de Historias (The Carpet Storytellers).

And in the mix of the night, we also enjoyed stories from our regulars and new comers. Thank you Alan, Dave, Alex and Miles (father son tandem), Karen, Jackie and Sarah, Lily-Anne, Niki and a HUGE thanks to Cam for hosting and helping with photos.


School Stories: Seniors Week. October 13

From the warm bottles of milk to the ink wells and shelter sheds, school days evoke fond and not so fond memories! Bring along an artefact from your school days and join local storytellers and musicians for a trip down memory lane in this interactive storytelling session not to be missed.

This is an open story circle and we want to hear about your school days.

Mary O'Meara
With Jackie Kerin, Dave Davies and Mary O'Meara from Storytelling Australia Victoria and Michael Stewart from the Newport Fiddle and Folk Club.

Dave Davies
 WHERE: Altona Library 123 Queen Street Altona
WHEN: October 13 at 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM 
BOOKING: FREE but we recommend booking a place HERE

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Stories on the Hill: Nowa Nowa October 21 - 22. BILARNI: 26 & 28 October

Click on poster to enlarge

For all the information, video and bookings HERE

Also at Mallacoota and Bermagui you can catch Jan Wositzky

26 & 28 October           

WHERE: The Muddie, Malacoota      
WHEN: Thurs 26 October @ 7.30       
COST: $25/ $20 Conc.   
TIX: Pickets Gift shop 

WHERE: Murrah Hall (20 mins south of Bermagui)
WHEN: Sat Oct 28, 7.30 p.m & Sunday 29, 3pm
COST: $20
More about Jan Wositzky and his shows HERE

Thank you Jan for sharing with us. ed.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Story Girl: 7 October

 Story Girl 
Celebrating the power of girls in folk tale, myth and true story.

Come join us in celebrating with story the International Day of the Girl Child (Day of the Girl). This day is observed annually in October to highlight issues concerning the gender inequality facing young girls. Declared by the United Nations, in 2012, the aim is to raise awareness of the importance of nurturing girls globally and in developing countries in particular.

The 2017 theme: “The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030.”

Storytelling Australia Victoria members received an open invitation to bring along a story to share that honours girls and they responded with enthusiasm. 

Come hear from the storytellers: 
  • Alex and Miles Kharnam
  • Roslyn Quin
  • Suzanne Sandow
  • Dee Palanisamy
  • Kate Lawrence
  • Katherine Jones 
  • Louisa John-Krol  
  • Lily-Anne Matthews-Fabian 
Our host is Kate Lawrence from Storytelling Vic. Kate is also the creator of Story Wise Women, the only Women’s storytelling night in Melbourne (in the Good Room as it happens!)  

*Bring your little sister, daughter, niece and young friends; at Story Girl, we want to hear girl’s voices.

This idea for Story Girl came from a seed sown and a relationship nurtured by Story Vic member Teena Hartnett. Teena attended at evening at The Good Room and was touched by the compassion and vision of the founders, Gracie and Katrina Lolicato.  

WHEN: October 7
TIME: 7.30 - 10.30
WHERE: The GOOD ROOM - Foundling Archive 390A Lygon Street, Brunswick East (entry via laneway between Hickford and Blyth Streets)

* The Good Room is accessible to wheel chair users.
Light supper provided and refreshments available.
Learn more about the Good Room HERE
* Banner photo: Story Vic storyteller, Lily- Anne, supplied by Alex Kharnam.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Workshops in Murrindindi in October!

At Storytelling Victoria we get very excited when members offer events outside of the metro area. Lana Woolf has created some wonderful opportunities for those of you living in or near the Murrindindi Shire
Magic Mirror Workshop for the young: Oct 3

“Magic Mirror” is a two hour workshop for primary school students who are interested to develop personal storytelling skills. Lana will take the participants through a series of processes to develop a personal story (about whatever the participant chooses) and then lead some group activities to develop the story structure. The participants will practice their stories in groups, with peer feedback and leave the workshop with a personal story.

A tried and true workshop loved by young and old alike, the Magic Mirror workshop uses a simple storytelling technique to develop a personal story in an engaging and fun way. The idea behind Magic Mirror is to give participants an opportunity to develop the skills necessary to tell personal stories about experiences in their lives.

Who: Young People aged 6 to 12
When: Tuesday 3rd October 2017
Time: 10am to 12pm
Cost: $35.00 for single workshop

Brave New Voices workshop: Beginning Oct 6

Brave New Voices is a 5 week course.

This workshop aims to explore our voice through the genre of biomythography. ‘Bio’ meaning my story, and ‘myth’ meaning the stories we use to understand the world. Weaving these two elements together to create poetry in the style of biomythography.
In each module we will be discovering a new aspect of how we understand and create bio-myth poetry. The workshop will be filled with lots of theory, lots of activities and games, and lots of examples. We will be creating lots of small bits of poetry individually and as a group throughout the workshop. There will be lots of time for 1:1 mentoring and for feedback through out the process.

Module One: The history of Spoken word and how it has empowered communities
Module Two: Biomythography
Module Three: S.O.R.P.L.U.S.I methodology
• Self Knowledge
• Orality
• Rhythm
• Political content and context
• Language of Communication
• Urgency
• Sacredness
• Integrity
Module Four: Creating your poetry toolkit
Module Five: Performance techniques
Module Six: Putting it all together

Where: 52 Downey Street Alexandra
When: Beginning October 6 then every Friday night for the next four weeks
Time: 6 to 9pm  
Cost: $120.00 waged $85.00 unwaged $35 deposit - all money must be paid by Friday 6th October unless otherwise arranged with Lana 

Contact: Lana Woolf

Sparking Change: Workshops Melbourne CBD: November 7, 16 and 17

Sparking Change (SPARKS) is a social justice organisation using the power of story to spark social change. Lana Woolf from Story Vic is a co founder, alongside Emily Dwyer.

SPARKS is a community arts development organisation that uses StoryWork methodologies to support vulnerable and marginalised communities to take strategic social change action. 

Using story for advocacy: November 7

This workshop encourages people to explore their own experiences, knowledge, beliefs and stories. The program uses a range of methods, including presentations, individual reflection, working in pairs, and small and large group discussions.
At the end of this workshop, people who take part will be able to:
*Explain what advocacy is
*Outline examples of different types of advocacy.
*Describe some of the barriers that people face when engaging in advocacy, and some possible solutions to this.
*Explain the role that story telling plays in advocacy and campaigning.
*Outline some key considerations when using storytelling in advocacy and campaigning.
*Explore how to create suitable stories for advocacy purposes.
*Discuss some tricky questions that advocates might face, and how to handle these.

When: Tuesday 7th November 2017 (Public Holiday)
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Laneway Learning Shop 22 Bennetts Ln, Melborune
Cost: $125 waged payment $75.00 unwaged 


Bring your lunch, a notepad and pen. tea, coffee, water and snacks will be provided.
No computers please unless you need them for access purposes.

This space is wheelchair accessible.

Storytelling has always been a powerful tool for grassroots organisers, but now more than ever, personal narrative strategies are at the heart of successful social change toolkits and activities. 

This one day intensive workshop is for peer workers, advocates, social change makers, and activists. As advocates and social change makers working at the coal face, our task is not just to calculate the best response to public opinion. Our task is to shape public opinion to support real solutions and structural change. The best way to build this capacity while keeping it anchored in democratic and accountable organising is to grow it from the ground up. Sparking Change supports leaders and communicators to actively engage in social justice through personal strategic storytelling. We combine our capacity building training program with ongoing partnership, embedded sectoral support and convening our growing network of practitioners.
Join our next workshop and lets start sparking some change through strategic storytelling.

Strategic Storytelling for Social Change: Nov 16 and 17

2 day workshop for Peer Workers - Self Advocates - Social Change Agents - Activists - Campaigners

We tell stories all day every day - What we had for lunch, why we do what we do, and why we do it. A story can connect and influence - create change. 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 what we can do to help facilitate that change. 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: Thursday 16th and Friday 17th November 2017 

Time: 10am to 4pm.
Cost: $150 unwaged $225 Waged
There is an option to pay a 50% deposit on the Trybooking website and pay the rest when you come to the workshop
Where:  22-24 Bennetts Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000


For more information