Monday, January 22, 2018

World Storytelling Day March 24: Wise Fools

Put Saturday March 24 in the diary as the day Storytelling Australia Victoria is preparing to celebrate World Storytelling Day.

Plans are underway, to be confirmed at this point in time, but we can say that we will be gathering at the Library at the Dock in the afternoon of March 24.

This year, the task of organising has fallen into the care of Durgah Devi Palanisamy who is busy pulling together the threads. Members can expect an email soon.

For members who are keen to plan an event for WSD, we are always eager to support you and to help to get the message out there. The more the merrier! Don't think twice about sharing so we can share.

The theme this year is Wise Fools and if you are interested, you might like to start thinking about the theme for 2019 - Myths, Legends and Epics.

In case it went under your radar, WSD has a new website where you can register your event alongside the rest of the world.  HERE.  Check it out, the excitement is palpable!

Many thanks to the Storytelling Australia Vic committee and members who give time to creating this annual event.

Watch this space!!!

*WSD logo Mats Rehnman (Sweden)

Sunday, January 21, 2018

NIDAnights: Spirit of Place: 15 February 2018

This evening will be hosted by Kate Lawrence. Kate is a communication artist; she is a storyteller, speaker, facilitator and writer. She hosts, coaches, teaches and speaks. She is the founding director of Story Wise, a TEDx speaker, a former community lawyer and a life member of the Victoria Women’s Football League. She is also a valued member of Storytelling Australia Victoria.

Place can evoke a heady mix of images and emotions - the vast expanse of desert land, the salty roar of the ocean, the aching heartbreak of pollution.

Join us for an intimate evening of eclectic stories about ‘Place’, from a curated weave of folk, fable and contemporary storytellers.

Through the lens of story, we’ll explore the big questions: Can nurturing a love of spaces fuel a passion for sustainability? Do stories deepen our connection to country and community? How do we, all at once, love and grieve and heal our relationship to place?

We’ll also bask in the simple pleasures: sights, smells, sounds, and the roller coaster ride of a good story.

If you are interested in exploring more about the series Nidanights visit HERE

NIDAnights Spirit of Place: more information 

Spirit of Place is part of National Sustainable Living Festival

*Photo by Brodie Rowlands


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

WHEN: 12.00 - 3.300pm
WHERE: 325 South Road Brighton East
Bookings are not necessary.
Enter by the drive way gate.

*banner photograph supplied by Tatiana Scott

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Opportunities: Australian Fairy Tale Society and AOST

Storytelling Australia Victoria is all about telling stories but some of us also like to write, podcast, blog and vlog and all of us can talk story till the cows come home!

Here are two opportunities from our members, to share your story interests and talents : The Australian Fairy Tale Society and Art of Oral Story Telling (AOST) editor, Lana Woolf.


Bold heroes and heroines, tricksters, thieves and animal helpers. The Australian Fairy Tale Society Ezine is launching a short story fairy tale competition.
  • Theme: 'Cunning & Cleverness'
  • Word limit: 100 - 1500 words
  • Closing date: 17th April 2018
It's time to let your imagination swirl into the realm of fairy tales.
Re-construct your favourite fairy tale or spin us a new yarn.
There are prizes to be won and the three winning entries will be published in the winter edition of the Ezine.

Our external judges are Monique Mulligan, Sophie Masson and Nike Sulway.

For more information regarding our submission guidelines please click on this LINK.
Happy writing!
Enchanted regards,
The AFTS Ezine Editorial Troupe


Get a wriggle on and join in the AOST fun...

AOST is an on line journal, so perhaps, if writing is not your thing, you could propose a video essay?

Currently AOST is asking, what is inside your storytelling toolbox?
  • Do you work with children? 
  • Is your toolbox full of puppets and props? 
  • Are you a podcaster? 
  • Is your toolbox full of leads, mics and spare batteries? 
  • Perhaps you like to film and your tool box is really a boot full of lights, cameras and tripods? 
  • Perhaps you like to dress up and you have a wardrobe full of crazy outfits or perhaps you have a favourite musical instrument that never leaves your side? 
Whatever is in you tool box, do think about sharing ...

All inquiries and submissions email:
AOST reviews submissions as they come.

Join the global community of contributors: Kenya, India, Brazil, Portugal and Italy have all chimed in so far. Articles are published in languages other than English.

Have a look at the contributions so far: AOST 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

WORKSHOP: Mobile Filmmaking Workshop, Sunday 11 February 2018

Storytellers, you can learn how to create videos of your stories

Start making high quality videos with your iPhone. No additional pricey video editing software is required - just your iPhone or iPad and Free to Download iMovie!
Do you want to make professional videos using your iPhone?
Do you have hundreds of video files on your iPhone and you don't know how to make a movie out of them?
Do you want to make a promotional video for your business, website or blog?
Did you ever try to make a movie from your videos, but it was to complicated or the video was so boring it didn't look professional?
Well, fortunately you don’t need fancy computers and cameras to shoot and edit professional looking videos any more, you can do it all on your iPhone.
Your iPhone can be used as a high quality video production suit, you can use it to produce videos for yourself or business use.
If you like taking videos using your iPhone, you probably have quite a bit of videos on it, but what now? How do you make a short movie out of all the pieces of video? What if you just shoot your kids birthday and want to edit it and post it to youtube and send to your family?
You Will Learn
  • Video shooting basics techniques
  • How to get aesthetic shoots
  • Video interviews and learn how to frame the subject correctly
  • What are the tools the pros use to make an engaging video
  • Editing your videos including - trimming, adding sound, adding voice over
  • How to add transitions,
  • How to import videos & photo
  • How to tell a story visually
  • How to capture slow motion video on your iPhone
  • How to use natural lighting as a key light to model and illuminate the subject
  • How to use picture composition and rule of thirds
  • How to edit your material using a smartphone app
  • How to use natural lighting as a key light to model and illuminate the subject
  • How to use picture composition and rule of thirds
In short - everything you will need to make beautiful videos.
Download free iMovie app from App Store
What you need on the day:
Your Smartphone and the charger
Selfie Stick if you have one
Videos and photos that you want to work on
Wear comfortable clothes
Limited Number!

BOOKING and LOCATION information: HERE

*This workshop is facilitated by Mojan Javadi, documentary film maker and member of Storytelling Australia Victoria.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Opportunities in 2018 with our Partners and Associates

We do our best at Storytelling Australia Victoria to share as much storytelling news as we can gather that we believe is of interest to Victorians.

On Facebook we share any and all Victorian storytelling news, regardless of the membership status of the storytellers. This is a public site and is embedded in the HOME page of our website so you do not have to be a member of Facebook to check it out. There is always a lot to explore.

However this blog (which is free) is reserved for the news of our members, partners and associates. And some our good friends are hosting conferences and events and you might wish to toss your hat into the ring. So for those of you who have missed the posts on Facebook, here is the latest!


The call is out for:
  • Workshops: submissions close January 19th.
  • Performances: Submissions close January 31st
  • Posters: Submission close March 19th

If you are interested visit the  NSW website and read more ...

This conference has proved to be a fertile ground for developing national and international relationships and collaborations, stretching minds and strengthening old friendships, both individual and organizational.

Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney


'Gardens of Good and Evil: growing life, plucking death' is the theme.

The AFTS invite you to open your mind and creativity to how we can express Australian responses to the world of fairy tales in the world of living things around us. Be part of another diverse, entertaining and stimulating conference.

Submissions close: Friday January 26th
For more information visit the AFTS website

NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL June 29th - July 1st 2018


The Newport Fiddle and Folk Club is a great supporter of Storytelling Australia Victoria. As well as promoting us in their newsletters, several of their members are also keen storytellers and regulars at our monthly gathering: Fabled Nights in Newport.

The storytellers have hosted an annual open floor session for the Folk Festival for many years; Stories by the Fire and last year we also offered a workshop.

However you might have an idea for a show or workshop that you would like to offer the festival.
Performer application is HERE

Submissions Close January 20th

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)