Friday, May 16, 2014

History and stories: Anniversary Celebrations at the Old Laverton School. 2014

Better late than never - here are some photographs of the Anniversary Celebrations at the Old Laverton School. 

The Old Laverton Schoolin Altona Meadows is one of the last remaining single-room schools in Victoria. Built in 1888 its now embedded in Melbourne’s suburban west. Beautifully restored and now used by community groups for yoga, theatre rehearsals, and all sorts of wonderful things … The old school celebrated 125 years with scones, silent films, sack races and of course storytelling. I was was there with colleague Alan Davies to share stories from the past and encourage the exchange of memories. Using the idea of an ‘Assembly’ to frame our program, Alan led the singing while I focused on the stories.

As my Queensland storytelling friend, Bettina Nissan says, ‘Stories beget stories’. And so it was. No sooner had the Assembly finished; the stories flowed.

Alan and I both live in the west and met through the local Newport Folk Club. From my experience, connecting and working with my community and council has proved rewarding in so many ways. I feel part of something very special and humbled by the support Hobsons Bay Council and the Club has given me to develop my practice as a professional story teller working in the oral tradition.

Alan Davies is a Marriage Celebrant and director of the Newport Community Choir

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Williamstorwn Literary Festival: Chapter Five Book Club followed by Wonder Tales. 2014

I’m very excited about the Williamstown Literary Festival this year.

Some time ago, I was contacted by the Chapter Five Book Club, a group of passionate young readers from the Mornington Peninsula. Chapter Five were keen to visit my part of town and talk story. I suggested we organize a get-together to coincide with the Festival. And thanks to the Willy Lit Fest program committee, you can join us:

WHERE: The Festival HUB
WHEN: Sunday 1 June
TIME: 12.30 – 1.00 Chapter Five Book Club will be discussing  ‘Wonder' by R.J. Palacio as well as talking about their favourite reads.

Following a short break I will be telling some Wonder Tales from Germany, Spain and Kazakhstan.
TIME: 1.30 -2.30 in the HUB
Both events are FREE and we hope some other young story lovers will join us. Chapter Five are in year 7.

If you haven’t read ‘Wonder’ and don’t have the time between now and the Festival, that’s OK. You will still enjoy the discussion, I promise, and Chapter Five want to hear what other folks are reading – so please, please bring a book to share!

Check out the full Festival program HERE

Friday, May 2, 2014

Storytelling, music and silent movies: The Old Laverton School is 125.

Jackie Kerin (that'd be me) will be among guests at an open day for the old Laverton School in Altona Meadows. I'll be there with my friend and colleague, Alan Davies. Alan is the director of the Newport Community Choir and will lead us in a few rounds of song.

The Old Laverton School is one of Melbourne’s last remaining single-room schools, the 125-year-old building at 53 Kiora Street operated as a school until 1951.
It is now a community and arts centre but will be opened to the public during the National Trust Heritage Festival.
Visitors will be treated to storytelling, music and silent movies from the 1920s and ’30s, with scones served just like they were for the school’s war fund-raising efforts. The school will be open on Saturday 3 May from 1pm.

More details: Call 9932 1000 or email


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