Saturday, August 15, 2009

Daylesford: Words in Winter August 2009

In this, the 200th year since the birth of Darwin, the eighth annual WORDS IN WINTER Celebrations chose the theme – Evolution. The towns of Clunes, Creswick, Trentham and Daylesford joined to produce a program of poetry, theatre, book chat storytelling and more. The Storytelling Guild (Vic) played a significant role in the festivities with Anne E Stewart designing four events.

OPEN MIC for poets, writers and storytellers. Hosted by local philosopher and writer Basil Eliades.

TWO OF THE OLDEST FAIRIES IN THE BUSINESS Daylesford Library, Matteo and Mary Lou entertained a delighted crowd of children for over an hour.

SPOOKS SPECTRES AND SPIRITS. The evening began with guild member David Demant, from Museum Victoria, treating us to a magic lantern slide show. After a short break, Matteo took charge and set the scene for the graveyard and horror tales that followed. Mary Lou shed her fairy costume and told a wicked tale that ended well. We have all been warned - never ask a neighbour for a cabbage! Anne E Stewart shared a serious tale of loss – The Lost Children of Daylesford. This story reflects Anne’s deep connection to the area and compassion for those who have lost a loved one in tragic circumstances.I wound up with the gothic tale of Bold Lady Mary - she was a bold one indeed!

HISTORY IN THE MAKING. In the front room of the Daylesford Museum, surrounded by photographic portraits, Anne discussed her work as a storyteller in the local region, shared a few yarns and invited comments and discussion.

Special thanks to the WORDS IN WINTER people of Daylesford who made us so welcome. Looking fwd to 2010.

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