1. Weaving Stories Together Conference hosted by Australian Storytelling Guild (NSW) Inc 

2. Contact list for Storytelling Festivals around the World


1. Next Sydney International Storytelling Conference June 2016 

Our last conference was 

'Weaving Stories Together' CONNECTING WITH STORIES June 6-8, 2014 

St Joseph’s Centre for Reflection, 64 MacKillop Drive, Baulkham Hills, Sydney, NSW, Australia

About Conference:

Hosted by the Australian Storytelling Guild (NSW) this conference in June 6-8 promises to provide a great opportunity for listeners and tellers of stories to develop skills, enjoy performances and interact with others who have a love of Storytelling.

Professional and personal development ideal for:

• Primary and Secondary classroom teachers of Drama, English, Literacy

• Early Childhood Educators • Oral Historians • Librarians • Counsellors and Business Leaders

• Parents and grandparents • Health and welfare workers • All who love storytelling

 Registration for the whole conference includes:

  • ·                                 Choice of workshop offerings and participation in practical workshop sessions
  • ·                                 Keynote address and poster sessions
  • ·                                 Friday evening welcoming soiree and entertaining story slam
  • ·                                 Saturday night dinner
  • ·                                 Saturday night Storytelling Concert
  • ·                                 Sunday afternoon Family Concert
  • ·                                 Conference community plenary sessions
  • ·                                 Informal story circles and story swaps
  • ·                                 Resources and book displays
  • ·                                 Saturday and Sunday lunches and morning & afternoon teas

·           Venue:  All of this will take place in a great venue and in a creative friendly atmosphere at ‘St Joseph’s Centre for Reflective Living’ 64 MacKillop Drive, Baulkham Hills, Sydney, NSW, Australia     

 The workshops will focus on providing engaging and interactive processes for participants and concentrate on developing practical skills in the art and use of oral storytelling.

Workshops in the following areas will be offered:

  • Development of storytelling skills and techniques.
  • Storytelling in Education
  • Storytelling in the workplace
  • Storytelling for building community
  • Storytelling for healing and well being
  • Oral history and historical storytelling
  • Storytelling and culture

 Contact - Christine Carlton – President,  Australian Storytelling Guild (NSW)

Enquiries:      Ph: 61 0415 430 485 



Weaving Stories Together - CONNECTING WITH STORIES - Sydney International Storytelling Conference  June 6-8, 2014.

This is a call to all who have a passion for the art and practice of Oral Storytelling to put in a proposal for workshop and/or performance and/or poster for the Sydney International Storytelling Conference - June 6-8 2014.

Proposal submission forms. Please click on the following:

Workshop  - closed January 31st 2014

Performance  - closed March 14th 2014

Poster  - extended till May 17th 2014

Suggested Guidelines for Poster presentation



2. Storytelling Festivals around the World - compiled by By Kiran Shah

Outlining just a few festivals from each country is not intended to diminish others not mentioned. If you are planning a trip to a specific part of a country, the information below may help you along!


In Toronto since 1978, storytellers and listeners have gathered every Friday night at a café. It started out as 1001 nights of storytelling but hasn’t stopped!

Yukon International Storytelling Festival.

An International multicultural Festival where tellers are encouraged to tell in their native language.

United States

In the U.S. more than 200 storytelling festivals every year, with the “mother” of all, the National Storytelling Festival at Jonesborough, Tennessee, now in its 39th year, attracting over 10-15,000 people every October.

National Storytelling Network. Visit their advocacy group website which includes articles on storytelling.

Latin America

There are more than 60 international festivals devoted to storytelling in at least 15 countries in Latin

America. Red Internacional de Cuentacuetos / International Storytelling Network, or specifically in the link

United Kingdom


In rural Shropshire every year in July, FATE takes place-Festival At The Edge. It is an annual international storytelling festival and the oldest one in England, taking place in the 3rd weekend in July.

London Centre for International Storytelling runs the Crick Crack Club and promotes performance storytelling in London and beyond. Website:


The Scottish International Storytelling Festival in Edinburgh is an annual affair with a specific focus every year in October. This is a big part of the Edinburgh Festival of Arts. Check out and


St Donats Castle, South Wales. Beyond the Border-Wales International Storytelling Festival. St Donats Castle, South Wales The next festival is July 6-8 2012. Visit



Famous festival at Graz has now moved to Lower Austria area based around St. Poelten

For English

Belgium http://www.alden-

Germany - Bi-annual ZauberWort (magic word) festival in Nuremberg. About 4 days around 6th Jan. (but all in German)


Norway The Norwegian Storytelling festival

Sweden Ljungby International Storytelling Festival

Africa - Kenya

Sigana international Storytelling Festival

Middle East - Iran  International Storytelling Festival.



India Many festivals especially religious ones where storytelling plays a big role.

World Storytelling Institute based in Chennai run by Eric Miller, an American who’s made Chennai his home.


Singapore International Storytelling Festival-late Aug-early September every year

Organised by the Book Council

For master class held around same time organised by the Storytelling Association, Singapore.

Malaysia - Penang hosted its first festival for children last year called PINKS Fest.


Last National Conference held in Perth in 2005.

2010 saw the NSW Storytelling Conference ‘Weaving Stories Together” in Sydney.

2012  Weaving Stories together – Sydney International Storytelling Conference  organised and hosted by NSW Storytelling Guild

New Zealand

Glistening Waters was held biennially till 2008. We await news regarding 2012. Under the Southern Skies had its inauguration in 2008.

For information on storytellers, events and meetings