Saturday, January 19, 2013

Making a told story into a comic

Increasingly I've heard myself describing my work as 'story making' rather than 'story telling' because that's what it feels like I'm doing.

I've been having fun with kamishibai storytelling and this relates to manga so taking one of my kamishibai stories and making it into a little comic seems a logical step. 

But here's the thing ... apart from being a lover of comics from even before I could read - I've never tried to make one. Now I'm having a go, I'm sensing the pace, the pauses, the rhythm in the comic just like performance storytelling. (Does that makes sense?)

This is draft no.3 of page one and dammit!! I can still see mistakes. This is a head spinning dance of pictures and text.

Well it might come to nothing but I am having a wonderful time learning by doing!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Spirit of Woodford Original Stories and Yarns Performance Award 2012

Well ... I'm back from The Woodford Folk Festival (Queensland) and yes it was hot!!

I've had five stimulating and exciting days at concerts, workshops and lectures. Even Bob Hawke and Julia Gillard were there rubbing shoulders with the dreadlocks, tatts and nose rings.

As I was short listed for the Spirit of Woodford Storytelling Award, I had two free tickets but I did have to tell my story at the Awards night.

I'm pleased to say I have come home with the trophy and a healthy cheque which will cover my costs.

What a wonderful opportunity I've just enjoyed, meeting storytellers and performance poets from around the country. I'm full to bursting with fresh ideas.

Thankyou to David Hallett who organises the Awards and Woodford and sponsors for creating these opportunities for artists to grow.


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