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.
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.
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.
“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 ….
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….
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.
We can always be guaranteed a most enjoyable afternoon of Storytelling at the Web: Tales Told live held at the Friend in Hand Hotel in Glebe. In July, Jill Webster, John Hockney, and Kiran Shah entertained adults with a wide variety of stories. This is the first time we had all storytellers from the Blue Mountains!
INTERNATIONAL STORYTELLERS SHOWCASE CONCERT- at Castlecrag This concert was offered in partnership with Gleneaon Steiner School. What a most enjoyable night! Five gifted storytellers taking us on a journey into the world of story through, cultural, tales, personal stories and folklore. 1 Korean, Seung Ah Kim, 3 Americans David Novak, Lyn Ford and Donna Washington and 1 Australian - Christine Carlton. There was a lovely mix of styles and stories that brought us to moments of deep reflection and bold laughter. We don’t often have the opportunity to enjoy such a treat!
In April, the NSW Storytellers held their bi-monthly event The Web: Tales Told Live at the Friend in Hand pub, Glebe. And what a lively afternoon of telling tales it was! As well as the popular open mic, the Web had 3 featured storytellers, Christine Carlton, Sue Alvarez and Lindy Mitchell-Nilsson. Lindy opened the afternoon with …