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Storytelling Hot Pot
10:00 AM10:00

Storytelling Hot Pot

A Hot Pot of Storytelling Skills, Soup and Storytelling

9.45am - Arrive
10.00am - Workshop - Storytelling Hot Pot

This will be a practical workshop, guided by our accredited storytellers, to extend your storytelling skills. Our Hot Pot will have a delicious blend of skill based activities and games with a delightful sprinkling of handy storytelling hints. Burning questions about storytelling are also invited to the table.

12.00pm - AGM and election of committee- new members welcome!
1.00pm - Traditional Soup Lunch and Stone Soup Story

1.45pm - 3.45pm - Tales Told Live- Open Mic Storytelling. An afternoon feast of storytelling, a chance to tell a story and to listen to a variety of stories from others who love story. Stories to be between 3 and 10 minutes. New storytellers welcome! Prizes if you mention food in your story!

Cost: $20 for the day- soup and morning tea included.
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The Storyteller’s Gym -David Novak
10:00 AM10:00

The Storyteller’s Gym -David Novak

The Storyteller’s Gym Connecting Mind and Body for Creativity, Flexibility, and Compelling Communication with David Novak Usa.

This workshop presents a series of “storytelling workouts” focusing on different aspects of the storyteller’s mind and body including: breath control, physical and vocal flexibility, and mental agility.

At the end of the session, participants will be able to • Hone skills with a variety of skill-building exercises; • Examine stories from new perspectives; • Be mentally and physically ready for performance; • Improve creative thinking and problem-solving.

The Storyteller’s Gym was developed at East Tennessee University as a regular workout for graduate students in Communication and Storytelling in order to identify specific physical and cognitive skills required for effective story invention, interpretation, and presentation. These skills incorporate: • breath support, • physical limbering, • thoughtful articulation and vocabulary development, • playful problem solving, • imaginative exploration of stories, • creative agility for story invention.

David Novak tells stories to enhance learning, engage emotion, and find common ground. A performing and teaching artist with North Carolina A+ Schools, National Storytelling Festival, schools and stages across the nation. David's international tours include China, Australia, New Zealand, and the Czech Republic. A recipient of the Circle of Excellence from the National Storytelling Network and formerly Master Storyteller for The Disney Institute. David lives in Asheville, NC, and is a published author and recording artist.

Limited Spaces 25

Members $75

Members with Concession card $55

Non members with Concession Card $65

Non Members $120

Non members $120

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Storytelling From Page to Stage
10:00 AM10:00

Storytelling From Page to Stage

A full day storytelling skills workshop with the fabulous Standup Storyteller, Actor & Director, Christine Geenough.

All storytellers, whether newbies, emerging or professional will gain skills & polish their performances with the multi-talented Christine Greenough. This workshop is an absolute must for those on their accreditation path and anyone wishing to learn more about the art of oral storytelling.

Chistine Greenough is an Actor, Director, Producer and above all a Storyteller with over 40 years experience in theatre, film and TV.  She co-founded The Talespinners in 1997 (with Sue Alvarez) and has be telling stories to audiences from 3 to 103 throughout Australia, Asia and America.  She loves to entertain and gets so much joy performing.   But she also loves  listening and being inspired by other Storytellers from all over the world. 

Her workshop will be about finding the suitable story for you to tell from the page and presenting it to an audience be it on stage or in a space anywhere where an audience can gather.  She will encourage you to  delve into the story from all characters’ perspectives. 

Deciding from

Who’s  angle you are going to tell the story?

Why does this story make you want to tell it? 

What you need to enhance the story (voice, physicality, props, costume etc)?

Where  is it set?

When does it take place?


Limited Spaces 24

Cost: $55 Concession Card Holders

$70 Members

$95 Non members

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Transport to the Tote Building- 100 Joynton Avenue, Zetland NSW 2017

·         Bus routes M20 and 301 stop at O`Dea Avenue near Bourke Street.

·         Bus route 343 stops at Elizabeth Street near Joynton Avenue.

·         Green Square train station is within walking distance.

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Workshop: Same Story - Different Journeys
10:00 AM10:00

Workshop: Same Story - Different Journeys

Identifying the story device and adapting it for different needs, educational, performance and therapeutic.

Storytellers NSW EVENT: Bookings Open - Limited to 24 participants

Facilitator: Louise Coigley UK.

This is a practical one-day workshop designed to challenge and enhance the participants’ storytelling skills, so as to acknowledge and engage children and adults with communication challenges. For those who have attended previous workshops with Louise, this is an opportunity to deepen their application of Lis'n Tell techniques.

We will explore:

● From the biographical to the 'magical' - exercises in narrative and imagination

● The ʻIntroʼ and the ʻOutroʼ of the story, and importance of these for attention levels and understanding
● Rhythm and role, rhyme, repetition and ritual, how these techniques facilitate and enhance learning, communication and social skills, with reference to research and evidence
● Voice and gesture techniques to enhance storytelling skills, memory, learning, communication and social skills

● Practising the art of pausing, and call and response to promote spontaneous participation
● Demonstrations, questions and discussion
● Seeing and placing what you are saying - exercising the imagination

Louise reserves the right to adjust the agenda to suit the participants' particular needs as appropriate.

Morning Tea Provided

Bring Your own Lunch

Cost: Members $65, Members with Concession $50

Non Members $85, Non Member with Concession $65

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Louise Coigley is an Independent Speech and Language Therapist and trained storyteller based in the UK. She began evolving Live Inclusive Storytelling (Lis'n Tell) as a dynamic and versatile approach to speech and language therapy over twenty five years ago.

She lived and worked in Camphill Communities for eleven years, with children and adults with SEN and Autism. She has also worked for many years with the NHS, in schools and clinics with a varied caseload

Louise is an experienced international trainer. She presented Lis'n Tell at the 2007 National Conference of Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) and ran very successful training for SPA in 2016. She has presented her evaluative Lis'n Tell research, conducted with Brighton Sussex Medical School, at the London Speech and Language Therapy Autism Special Interest Group.

Her work has been credited with inspiring the founding of The UK Frozen Light Theatre Company, delivering inclusive performances for children with Autism and Complex Communication Needs. She has also coached Australia’s Sensorium Theatre Company. Louise is a guest lecturer at Greenwich Medway University, UK.

Since 2012, Louise regularly collaborates with Gina Davies in delivering training in her ground-breaking approach: Attention Autism. In 2012, Louise was invited to launch a series of workshops for children with Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC), at The V&A Museum of Childhood, London, to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day, and has recently been employed as a trainer by The Museum of London. 

 In 2009, Louise collaborative show, ‘It was a Dark and Stormy Night’, was in the Top 5 Hitlist of Children’s Performances . Louise has also performed to two thousand children in one day, integrating children with Hearing Impairment, Downs Syndrome and Autism into Primary School audiences. She is an associate teacher at The International School of Storytelling, Emerson College, UK.

 In 2019 Louise will embark on the first part of what she hopes will be her PhD journey into storytelling and Lis'n Tell, beginning an MPhil at City University London, under Professor Vicky Joffe.


"Engaging…stimulating and refreshing…You are doing important work in the bringing together of art and science."
Lyn Darnley, Head of Voice and Artist Development, The Royal Shakespeare Company, in a letter to Louise, January 2008

"Louise Coigley’s dedication to her craft, her understanding, and love of story and people result in a uniquely empathic, entertaining performer, a workshop leader who uses stories as seamless healers. She has a dynamic and infectious warmth. I would heartily recommend her to anyone seeking to bring storytelling alive in a profound and enlightening way. To know her and her work over the years has been an inspiration."
David D. Campbell, Storyteller, Poet, Writer and Broadcaster

"Louise has an originality and range of expression that is totally unique, downright compelling and funny, a presence which gives courage, and inspires creativity."
Ashley Ramsden, Founding Director, The International School of Storytelling, Emerson College, UK.

 ''Lis'n Tell is like jazz....deep structure with times of free improvisation'' Maureen Barton, Teacher of Children with Severe Intellectual Disabilities

 " So much came back from the children using Lis'n Tell. We had to create an extra section on the outcome forms for unexpected results.'' Kate Weeden, Clinical Lead Speech and Language Therapist, Schools Team, Brent, London.

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Your Story Your Place; Central Coast
4:30 PM16:30

Your Story Your Place; Central Coast

Your Story Your Place: Story Making Series

Your Story Your Place will be monthly 2 hour interactive story workshops, facilitated by the hosts of Long Story Short, Lindy Mitchell-Nilsson, Dr.Julie Mundy Taylor & Ulf Nilsson.

Your Story Your Place will build participants' capacity to discover, develop and share stories about themselves and their place in the community. Through the mutual sharing of stories, in the inclusive, supportive environment of Your Story Your Space, participants will forge stronger community ties which foster the sense of belonging.

Your Story Your Place will consist a range of activities such as, narrative warm up games, storytelling improvisation, storytelling skills & supported story sharing and ongoing mentoring for story creation & sharing. There will be optional performance opportunities for those who wish, on the stage at Long Story Short and recording as podcasts.

This is a free event proudly sponsored by Central Coast Council
Come to one workshop or come to all:
Bookings essential via website
The Story Making Sessions will commence in February 2019;
Wednesday 13th Feb, 7-9pm
Wednesday 13th March, 7-9pm
Wednesday 17th April, 7-9pm
Wednesday 15th May, 7-9pm
Wednesday 19th June, 7-9pm
Recording Date to be announced
For more information; Lindy 04 234 17783

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