Thursday, July 24, 2014

Traditional storytelling with the very young 2014

I'm interested in telling stories with and for folks of all ages. Perhaps the strength and continuity of the oral tradition is best observed by people raising children. I'm frequently invited to tell stories to the very young in kindergartens, childcare centres and libraries. Its difficult to get photos or videos at these sessions because of privacy. Here is a rare glimpse of a session. Sorry you can't see the children but you can hear hear them. I love the quacking!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

You're all INVITED: Launch of Words on the Wind. 24 July 2014

Storytelling Australia Victoria  invites you to the launch of

Words on the Wind

image: Anne E Stewart courtesy Penguin Books

When:   Thursday July 24th 
Where:  The Library at the Dock, directions  HERE
Time:     5.00 pm drinks and nibbles and Launch 
              6.00 pm Show Starts
Who:     Jan “Yarn” Wositzky telling 
             William Buckley: The Go- Between   

 Words on the Wind is a series of free storytelling shows coming to the new Library at the Dock, running from July through to December 2014. Nine storytellers from Storytelling Australia Victoria have crafted six compelling tales to reflect their relationship to this part of Melbourne’s Docklands. They will explore the history and environment of Victoria Harbor, a corner of Melbourne steeped in tales of mystery and intrigue, not to mention major engineering works! 

Anne E Stewart on 0408 550 945 or email
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* I'll be there celebrating the launch with my storytelling mates. NB drinks and nibbles!

Newport Folk Festival 2014

OK I'm a festival tragic, I admit. But this one is my favourite. This is my local and with my community we plan this party for months. My friend Gerry Nelson took these exquisitely expressive photos at the storytelling event that I host for Storytelling Australia Victoria every year. I added a little video and friend Bruce Williams gave me permission to add an instrumental piece form his CD 'Me and the Walls'. It all started 7 years ago with the Newport Fiddle and Folk Club.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Monash Fairy Salon: 2014 Symposium

As part of the Glen Eira Storytelling Festival, hosted by Monash Fairy Tale Salon these Symposiums are a coming together of the academic, literary, oral story teller and musician – in our turn we all had a chance to read, tell, sing, ask questions and generally enjoy the moosh of ideas that spin on the notion of Fairy Tale. The delight is the palpable joy the attendees express as ideas fly around the room and creative and intellectual dots are joined. This year there was a strong theme on the connection of the European folk tale tradition and how it informed the postcolonial Australian tale spinners, what happens when a story emigrates, or when the affection of a genre is transported into a new landscape? I had a wonderful time airing two of my Australian Tellable Tales from a set of stories that rarely get to breathe.

Pic: Front L-R: Belida Calderone, Dr Danielle Wood. Centre: Roslyn Quin, Jackie Kerin, Louisa John-Krol Suzann Sandow. Back: Toby Eccles, Anna McCormack
Learn more about Monash Fairy Tale salon HERE


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