Monday, March 26, 2012

Kamishibai at the State Library of Victoria Childrens' Book Festival

How fantastic is this!!
Bernard Caleo drawing the crowds in Queens hall in the State Library - not with some fandangled digital thingy but with a wooden box full of drawn stories - a kamishibai.

Oral storytelling is so often overlooked in literary/book festivals and yet we all know that the spoken story predates the book - is connected to the book like blossom to fruit. The book is only half the story.

Bernard and I share the beautiful Kamishibai made by my friend Ted Smith. It's shunted between Newport and Northcote and used whenever either of us get the chance.

What is Kamishibai storytelling? Listen to Bernard here and he will tell you.

More info about Bernard here
More info about me here

Lets aim to keep the K on the road throughout 2012!

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