Event Write Up

Once Upon A Time...

Once Upon A Time...

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.

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.

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.

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 ….

'Participation Storytelling' and AGM

'Participation Storytelling' and AGM

What an exciting and full day. It started with a most energetic and practical workshop on ‘Participation Storytelling’ led by Christine Carlton and Kiran Shah. We explored strategies for engaging and preparing an audience for participation before a story and had examples of spontaneously involving people throughout the story. Different approaches for various age groups were discussed and this was followed with examples of use of gesture, sounds, group actions, chants,repetition etc. 

We also engaged in co-created group  storytelling. Not only did this develop our spontaneous response skills, but also….

Farewell Performance by South Korean Storyteller

Farewell Performance by South Korean Storyteller

A fabulous Sunday afternoon filled with Korean Tales, one told with bilingual phrases for the audience to join in, one set in outback Australia and a live story that took 40 mins ( shortened from 5 hours)! It was wonderful to have Seung Ah Kim with us for her final performance in Sydney, accompanied by Jill Webster and Kiran Shah at the Friend in Hand pub in Glebe.