Living Into New Stories- Liz Locksley

Living Into New Stories- Liz Locksley

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over it became a butterfly.

If you're reading this, there's a fair chance that like me you want to make our world a more socially just and ecologically thriving world. Getting there will take superhero actions at multiple scales and spheres of influence - inside ourselves; in our homes, families and social lives; in our neighbourhoods and communities; in work and industry; and in governance, politics and social norms.

Under the Aalamaram International Storytelling Festival

Under the Aalamaram International Storytelling Festival

Welcome to Chennai
What a spectacular welcome to the Under the Aalamaram Storytelling Festival! Our International team of storytellers was met with trumpets and drums and beautifully dressed children in their traditional clothes. Flower lays were draped around our necks and our foreheads daubed with red vermillion as we were ushered into the school like visiting royalty.

Dark Enchantment: Hansel & Gretel. By Sandie Jessamine and Vibha Gulati

Dark Enchantment: Hansel & Gretel. By Sandie Jessamine and Vibha Gulati

Escape into Magic

Fairy tales allow us to escape into magic while still identifying with ordinary things: family, work, food. Most fairy tales show a happy ending, offering hope in times of darkness  - at least for some characters. They reassure us that evil can be contained and destroyed. It lives within witches, step mothers and monsters. Or does it? Perhaps what fairy tales really do is enable us to journey into the darkest most disowned parts of our psyches.

Serendipity and Super Hero Glasses- Liz Locksley

Serendipity and Super Hero Glasses- Liz Locksley

#1 in the series, Mixing Magic: the secret sauce of humanising an industry that 's possibly the dullest on the planet with the greatest potential to reverse global warming

It’s the end of a long day at a rather dull conference on urban design with just too many panel sessions populated with Very Important People. I’m slouched in my chair. When will formalities close so we can move onto the pub and networking? Then a man in flowered Doc Martens, Mark Shayler, excitedly bounces onto stage and invites us all to become super heroes. Bizarre.

A Storyteller's Paradise

A Storyteller's Paradise

I have been to a Storytellers Paradise!- Zanette Burr

Every nook and cranny held a wonder, amusement or amazement, peace, tranquillity or adventure & fun. Time and space and life outside the rural village I experienced my storytellers paradise ceased to impact me. I immersed myself into the role of an Australian Storyteller for one month in the program directed by Seung Ah Kim called, Storytellers-in- Residence @ Sachon Village, South Korea.

Tavelling Tales and Lunch - Christine Carlton and Sue Alvarez

Tavelling Tales and Lunch - Christine Carlton and Sue Alvarez

What a great afternoon in Manly on Sunday 28th October. It was an engaging experience of good storytelling and food with some captivating stories from the audience. Our oldest teller was ninety years old and in fact he told two stories to the whole group. He said that he had never been to anything like this before and thoroughly enjoyed it. We had 13 stories - some long, some short shared with the whole group and of course plenty of stories shared at the tables over the meal. 

Our two featured tellers both started the day with folktales. …

Story Spot Night, Newcastle. -Karen Eastwood

Story Spot Night, Newcastle. -Karen Eastwood

Nsw Storyteller Member Karen Eastwood writes about her new Storytelling Event in Newcastle.

Saturday 27th October, it finally happened after months of dreaming and planning — the inaugural Story Spot Night in Newcastle! The theme was, ‘No Regrets’, and it can be confidently said by the end of the night, there were definitely no regrets. The evening was magical, as is often the way when people gather to share and listen to stories.

Stories for the heart: How the transformative power of narrative nourishes us – Lizzie Chase

Stories for the heart: How the transformative power of narrative nourishes us – Lizzie Chase

Why are stories so important to us? What are our favourite stories? On the deepest level we connect with story because each of us is living out our own life story – with its unique beginning, middle and end. The stories that we read in books, watch in films or listen to in podcasts, poetry or song are mirrors of our own experiences of a life journey, with joys and sorrows along the way.  As an educator, I know that the concepts of SAME and DIFFERENT pervade every experience we have in life. As we learn something new, we find what is the same and what is different, to connect our new learning to our previous knowledge.

The Web: Tales Told Live

The Web: Tales Told Live

An afternoon of laughter, jokes, poetry, interactive and poignant storytelling at The Web: Tales Told Live, Sunday afternoon at The Friend in Hand Hotel in Glebe.
We were entertained by stand up comedian Stephanie Di Giacomo, Lisa Gorman (who was a brilliant drover's wife), Michael Patterson whose interactive storytelling had us all joining in with gusto. Host Christine Greenough joined in with a story and joke as well.
Watch this space for the last session of the year in December. This will be an Open Mic.

Thai Lunch and Travelling Tales

Thai Lunch and Travelling Tales

“When is the next one? Perhaps I will get up in the open mic and share a story too.” 

These were the words of an enthusiastic attendee at the second ‘Lunch and Tales’ storytelling experience held on Sunday in a Thai restaurant in Manly. 

It was a wonderful gathering of people interested in good conversation over food and of course interesting and entertaining stories. The theme was ‘Travelling Tales!’  Everyone had a story to share at their tables whether it was from overseas trips or journeys in our local areas or across state borders.

Our featured storytellers Sue Alvarez and Christine Carlton, and open mic tellers Kiran, Sue, Monica and Rhonda completely held our attention and ….