At first I thought I was imagining it - but no, there is definitely an energy and enthusiasm for storytelling events in regional Victoria that wasn't there a few years ago.
My friend Kate Lawrence (from Macedon) has been offering workshops and open floor nights throughout 2015. Initially, not really comfortable telling personal tales, I attended a workshop some months back and have now, stepped up to the mic a couple of times.
Kate booked the lead-light Room in Holgates Hotel in Woodend for the first Friday of the month for three months as a trial. Not having good 'night eyes', I've enjoyed jumping on a train, hopping off at Woodend and sharing a meal with other folks following the stories from Kyneton, Daylesford, Castlemaine and Trentham. One quickly bonds around open mics and folks become new best friends in a blink!
pic: Macedon Station (Love train stations!)
Pic: Didn't get a pic of Holgates from the front as there were people enjoying themsleves, but this is a window in the Leadlight Room
pic: The room slowly filling up. Later on in the evening, these chairs were filled.
Follow Kate's adventures and join in the fun: HERE
And if you can't make it to an evening, or if you would like to hear the stories again, Kate is recording and posting to SoundCloud (with the permission of the storytellers) HERE. Enjoy.