Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Late Summer is the festival season in Victoria. There are community festivals every weekend - music in the parks and rotundas, food stalls, dancing and of course storytelling. My friend Dharma and I were back at the Yarraville Festival this year singing and telling stories to small people. Its a tough gig but sharing the stage with Dharma is a joy. She sings like an angel and has a repertoire of songs that seems never ending. Dharma and her husband Chris are the driving force behind 'Everlasting Books' - a specialist children's book store 238 Somerville Road Kingsville 03 9314 6767. Dharma grew up in Readings Book Store in Carlton - the daughter of a family who loves to sell books and support authors. Everlasting Books reflects her tastes and love of fine literature. Here she is back stage searching for her mobile phone - forever multi tasking - to check on the medal tally. Her kids were competing in a major athletics carnival. And they both ended the day with gold! Next festival will be the Port Fairy Folk Festival 4 - 8 March followed by The Williamstown Festival 14 March. Looks like it will be one long party!

Sunday, February 7, 2010


Holidays are over and it's back in the Storytelling Chair. The Artist's Market continues to support performers. As well as the jewelry makers, visual artists, clothes designers, chefs, pasty cooks and wine makers, there are musicians and storytellers - both authors and spoken tale weavers.

There is a need to provide something for children on trading days and the Market is the perfect place for intimate storytelling. When I take to the chair, I have a wonderful sense of being part of an ancient tradition - stories alongside food and wine - the staples of a good life.



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