Friday, June 29, 2012

Immigration Museum: Japanese Kamishibai Storytelling 3 Jul - 6 Jul 2012

picture: hand made paper cut-out story card for the Kamishibai

I'll be at the Immigration Museum July 3 - 6 where we are celebrating sweet tastes from different cultures

Here's the blurb ...
Join storyteller Jackie Kerin to hear tasty tales from her JapaneseKamishibai bicycle rig.

Hailing from 1920's Japan, theKamishibai storyteller would strap a small wooden stage to their bicycle with illustrated cards and trays of handmade sweets, pedalling from town to town with tales of adventure.
Join storyteller Jackie Kerin as she revives this sweet experience with her Kamishibai rig and enjoy tasty tales from all over the world.
And here's what you have to know if you want to come along ...
Event Type: Performance/Show
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 3 Jul - 6 Jul 2012
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM


Adult $10
Child or Concession $5
MV Member Adult $6
MV Member Child or Concession $4
All tickets include Museum entry.
Bookings essential: 13 11 02
Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Museum link here

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Glen Eira Storytelling Festival: Fairy Tale Salon 2012

 I had the best day! Four hours immersed in Fairy Tales both told and unpicked. In the tradition of a 17th century French Fairy Tale Salon, some of us donned outfits we would not normally be seen in. Of course shoes and boots are featured in many tales and Rebecca-Anne Do Rozario (teacher of Fairy Tales, lover of comics and animated features) was snapped in a stunning pair of blue suede boots!
Wiebke Eikholt wore a glorious frock with poise and dignity but confessed to having left her wig at home. Wiebke has an interest in animal fables, not a tale type we explored yeasterday which makes me think ... that might be a good starting for another Salon! 
 Suzanne Sandow from Storytelling Australia (Vic) took the prize for the best costume of the day. It was stunning and not only that she made it herself. 

Me? ... well ... Iv'e never had a talent for dressing up but I had read somewhere that cross- dressing was not uncommon at this time. So I went for the suit. I thought I looked quite snappy but I was told as I worked out the door and headed for the train station, I looked like a gangster.

All the fun aside - the really exciting thing about yesterday was listening to well informed and serious students and teachers of folk lore, deepening my own knowledge of the genre and connecting with others who share the passion.
There is a more detailed report of the day, the papers, students and academics at Storytelling Australia (Victoria).

Monday, June 18, 2012

Book Week. Champions Read 2012: BOOKED OUT!

Book Week is between August 18 - 24. A hectic time for storytellers around the country and this one is now all booked out!

But the celebration of books and storytelling continues throughout the year. 

Listen to an interview about the process of writing Phar Lap the wonderhorse and a reading here

Read more about my schools programs here

The Storytelling Garden (03) 9569 6149. 

To purchase  Phar Lap the wonder horse (Illustrated by Patricia Mullins, pub. Museum Victoria): 

My second book Lyrebird! a true story will be out shortly and promises to be another winner.

Enjoy a film version of the story by film maker Malcolm McKinnon.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Winter Kid's Festival. Newport Substation 12 - 15 July 2012

'Something is happening at the Substation in Newport… Come join us these July School Holidays for the first Winter Kid’s Festival! 
Melbourne’s grooviest artists will come together to provide four days of fun, excitement, workshops, and performances!'
That's what is says on the website - 'groovy'! I'm finally groovy!

This is going to be a fabulous celebration of music, stories, performances and w/shops for children in the most glorious Arts venue in the west. Well .. I can say that because this is my local arts hub.
I'l be there with Around the World with Stories and I'll also have the Kamishibai: stories on a bike. 
Looking forward to being a part of this inaugural event - may it become a permanent celebration in the  Festival calendar in the west.
Full program: Winter Kids Festival

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Newport Folk Festival July 6 - 8 2012

Please come along. This is my community putting on a party! The festival emanates from the Newport  Fiddle and Folk Club. A truly grass roots celebration where the folk kick in with whatever skill they have on offer. Check out the website: there's music, dancing, visual art, workshops... As one of the Club's storytellers, I've worked with some mates to put together these spoken word events. Come and listen to some of the best and enjoy lunch, then stick around for Stories by the Fire and bring a story or song to share.
Full program details on the Club website here
click on posters to enlarge

Graphic Novels Melbourne. Fundraiser: 20 June 2012

Invitation from Bernard Caleo and Daniel Howard. For those who don't know, Bernard creates and draws the most exquisite stories for Kamishibai. His appearance at the Williamstown Literary Festival with a kamishibai version of the Nun's Priest's Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer was a knock out!

As well as the above, we are very happy to announce a new act as part of the presentation on the night:

A frame-by-frame projected version of Ben Hutchings' exquisite silent comic, Walking to Japan. If you've read this comic in its newspaper-format publication published by Milk Shadow Books, you know what a mesmeric journey it depicts.  Well, we are taking that story to the big screen. Very exciting stuff!

So book your ticket NOW at the 

on the Readings website. Once you've clicked to buy, an 'add to basket' button comes up on the top right.  Proceed from there!

We really need your help to be able to afford to do the post-production on this film, which will become a document of a particularly brilliant time for the comics medium in our town.

Thank you for your support, it's much appreciated.


Bernard Caleo and Daniel Hayward

Bernard Caleo
Cardigan Comics
9497 8098

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Discover Graphic Novels! Melbourne!, a feature documentary about comics in this town

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

International Storytelling Conference NSW 2012

 I've been back for a week now, strapped in the car and off delivering stories to small people in the western 'burbs. But the Storytelling Conference (hosted by Storytelling Guild NSW)  is still occupying my mind. Such a rich weekend of story swapping and professional development. Not to mention the thrill of meeting other storytellers from the USA, New Zealand, Canada and of course from all around Australia.

I had a wonderful time sharing my adventures with Kamishibai and telling one of my original tales of the Victorian gold rush. Story friend, Gael Cresp, snapped me on her mobile phone at the Saturday concert. I'm standing in front of the glorious patchwork NSW Guild banner.

There were so many highlights during the weekend but one that I'm still turning over in my mind is Meredith Bird Miller's workshop on 'Geomythology' - looking at myths that contain shreds of truth about land-shaping events.

You can see some more pics and read more about the conference here.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Imagination Magic: Moorabool and Melton Shires 2012

Imagination Magic is a performing arts program for infants, toddlers and preschool children.

For several years now it has been a pleasure and a joy to travel west from Melbourne to the shires of Melton and Moorabool and tell stories, sing songs and share rhymes and chants with the very young and their carers.

As a story teller working in the oral tradition, I take pride in  having a head and heart full of tales for people of all ages. And let me tell you - these little ones are the toughest listeners of them all!

There are times when they sit mesmorised and there are times when at the end of a session I feel like I've been dragged through a hedge backwards! Working with toddlers - gotta be brave!

The Imagination Magic program is rich and varied and each session is different - there is something for every child to enjoy: drumming, dancing ... It's also a marvellous meeting point for parents and carers. And all for the cost of a gold coin.

Bacchus Marsh Tuesday 12 June
Ballan 26 June
Melton 28 June

Information about Imagination Magic:
Moorabool here
Melton here


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