Monday, January 31, 2011

One World, Many Stories: Bookweek 20 -26 August

The storytelling year has kicked off. Its been a relaxing January but the rest is now over. The old story box has been replaced with a new woven case, strong enough to sit on! The gear has been cleaned and repainted.

New stories are being developed. You can see here, in the mess of my table, a dog split in two. That's 'Split Dog'. My surprise for story lovers in 2011 is my new Kamishibai (Paper Theatre).

Combining this popular Japanese style of storytelling with some original Aussie tall stories has been my holiday project. Split Dog is a smart dog that appears in Australian and American traditional tall tales. The concept has won my heart - he's a hero, with two legs down and two legs up!

'Kamishibai' means 'paper theatre'. Illustrated cards are revealed inside a wooden frame/box. It's too hard to describe but I'll soon have some pics to show you. My friend Ted is making the box for me. Watch this space! All will become clear. In the meantime you can see that I am working on the cards.

But preparing for the year ahead is more than sprucing up the gear. Two years ago, I joined the Newport Choir, not just for the singing but also for the training: flexible voice, a good ear and team work! On Sunday I attended a master class at the Footscray Community Arts Centre with Richard Gill and the Victoria state Opera.

One word: AWSOME! Seven choirs attended: Hip Hop, Estonian, Arabic, Pop, Stadium rock ... all music made with voice. Here's Richard stepping up to the platform to put us through our paces. and the segue is ......

Bookweek 20 - 26 August
THEME: One World, Many Stories

Book early or you'll be disappointed.

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