All present were welcomed to the BM Story Circle, under the auspices of the Australian Storytelling Guild, run by Jill and Kiran to provide an opportunity for Blue Mountain storytellers to share their craft, resources and learn from one another through stories and discussions. This is our third meeting (and the first to be held on a Sunday).
The 2019 Guild year began with a questionnaire, painstakingly put together by the Vice President, Michael Patterson, to all our members. We were very happy that so many of our members took the time to fill it out and send through their ideas. The results of the questionnaire were looked at in detail at our Visioning and Planning Day.
A nourishing day of storytelling with a skills development workshop, AGM, the traditional telling of Stone Soup~with soup and Tales Told Live.
Our morning workshop was a lively affair with Lindy Mitchell-Nilsson warming us up with the energetic Amazing Alliteration Name Game. Then we enjoyed a few rounds of Ear to Ear,with Michael Patterson, practicing our storytelling listening skills with hilarious results. Jill Webster then had us embodying our inner witches and practicing the art of transformation. Christine Carlton exercised our imaginations, our listening skills, as well as our story creation skills with a fun round of That’s Right. Sue Alvarez ran the group through their paces with Emoting Storytelling Statues before Lindy finished with a Storytelling Gestures Exercise and discussion.
Within the last month we have had two afternoons of ‘Lunch and Tales. Both were wonderful and popular days of good food and great stories.
Our welcoming hosts Christine Carlton and Sue Alvarez invited us into the world of story and conversation by starting the days with traditional tales and later entertained us with personal stories.
The exciting aspect of this event is the invitation for anyone to share a story, a true or tall tale or a traditional or contemporary fiction or perhaps an historical story or small anecdote. The theme of ‘Travelling Tales’ was broad enough to ….
The Blue Mountains Story Circle recently held its second meeting. All present were welcomed to the BM Story Circle, under the auspices of the Australian Storytelling Guild, run by Jill and Kiran to provide an opportunity for Blue Mountain storytellers to share their craft, resources and learn from one another through stories and discussions….
Once upon a time in a land far, far away, there was a Kingdom hidden deep within a lush valley where a fire breathing dragon turned the very rock to molten steel. It was here, at the centre of the dragon's lair, that the clans would gather each year at the changing of the season when the leaves streamed red and gold from the trees, and the breeze scattered their richness across the land.
This magical valley was called The Kingdom of Ironfest.
Last night's entertainment “Stories and Songs of Wales” was most enjoyable! The music, singing and stories truly did capture the spirit of Wales. The atmosphere was intimate and close with 26 visitors sitting in a mellowly lit loungeroom.
Kanoon’s 21st Storytelling Festival in Tehran Iran 16-20 December 2018
I received confirmation of my acceptance to this festival when I was in Singapore in November. It was quite a surprise as I’d initially missed the September deadline (not entirely satisfied with my story based on the theme that was given – “My life story”). I then decided more than a month later to send my best wishes to Minoo Abdollahi, the organiser, and she replied asking me to send all my details (cv, photo, text and video of a story for children with a moral). This was sent in a real rush and I thought nothing of it.