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Sydney International Storytelling Conference 2014

In June I attended the NSW Guild's Confrence in Sydney. It was wonderful to catch up with everyone and to represent WA at this event. Jackie Keren has produced the fabulous summary video below.

Storysharing 01 - St Patrick's Day

Dear Friends of Storytelling in WA,
We had a fine St Patrick's Day gathering at the home of Kathleen Comber when 9 of us gathered to share tales and wear a touch'o'green.  Kathleen introduced us to an ice-breaker through handing out cards with different people, objects and places to commence storytelling round the room, this was quickly followed by Valda Locke's telling of A Legend of Knockmany - with props, Sally Gaunt's story of two Fedora hats inspired by an old song,Christine Begovich's version of an old mermaid/selkie story, Bill Park's telling of St Patrick and the King Brown, and Kathleen, Christina Cairns and I all contributed.  Kathleen's wonderful cookies in the shape of shamrocks and decorated in green continue to attract a fresh following.  Apologies from Monty Kelly, Brenda Berrisford, Ingrid Ipp and Jesse Williamson contributed to keeping the flames of oral storytelling flickering and growing.

Jesse Williamson represented the Guild at the Medieval Fayre on the 16th March, and on Harmony Day, 21st March Jesse and I represented the Guild at Marangaroo Primary School.

Further storysharing events will be held at:

Saturday, 11th May at 2.00-4.30  pm. Mothers and their stories at the home of Glenn Swift in Fremantle. Please bring a plate

Saturday, 15th June 2.00 - 4.30 pm.  The Sea or Anything that washes up on the Shore at the home of Siovan and Monty Kelly in Woodvale.

We look forward to seeing you there.  We need listeners as well as tellers and we are enjoying the richness and variety of the tales now being brought to these sessions.


Best wishes
Jenni Woodroffe
President
The Storytelling Guild of Australia (WA) Inc

Storysharing 02 - Mothers and their stories

Dear Friends of Storytelling in WA,
There were 9 of us gathered in the home of Glenn Swift in Fremantle to share and listen to stories of mothers and others on the 18th May.
It was a pleasure to welcome newcomer Terri, who came on the recommendation of her friend Sandra Swain, a longterm member of the Guild and its executive and now living a little out of Albany.  Monty Kelly started the afternoon, with his tale adapted from a Garth Nix short story, with roses of wondrous hues, Sally Gaunt told the story of a mother's long day's outing, Glenn entertained us with an Arthurian quest for "The Good Child" and I recounted how  a mother prepared her son for life in The Magical Sweetgrass Doll.   We listened with great interest to Matthew McCormack tell of his Adelaide gig where he and others were employed for 2 weeks at an installation whose prime purpose was to scare people.  Valda Locke, Siovan Kelly and Jesse Williamson, who arrived in his pirate outfit fresh from a children's party,all contributed to the afternoon as attentive listeners.

Further storysharing events will be held on:

Saturday, 15th June 2.00-4.30 pm.  with the theme The Sea or Anything that washes up on the shore at the home of Siovan and Monty Kelly in Woodvale.

Saturday, 20th July 2.00 - 4.30 pm. with the theme A Midwinter's Tale or Bring Your Own Story at my home in Como. 

We look forward to seeing you.  If you don't have a tale to tell,listeners are very important and the quality of our listening enhances the tales told.   New faces are most welcome, as are seasoned tellers who might like to drop by and be refreshed by a new telling of a tale once told long ago or heard for the very first time.
Bring a story, bring a friend...
Jenni
President
The Storytelling Guild of Australia (WA) Inc

Storysharing 03 - The Sea or Anything that washes up on the shore

Dear All,
There were six of us gathering at Monty and Siovan's home last Saturday afternoon for a very nurturing and nourishing afternoon of stories.  As host, Monty started the afternoon with an ice-breaker and each person continued the story around the room.  Ingrid Ipp, and our two new listeners Gail and Ursula participated in this story of a white bear and his missing treasure.  Monty told the Irish story of John Pettigrew - complete with tin whistle - taken from a collection by Ruth Manning-Sanders whose work would be found in every school or public library a couple of decades ago.  Ingrid told a Tlingit tale of Raven and the Man who Sat on the Tide, Siovan told her very first telling, a folk tale from New Guinea about two very different brothers and my contribution was a Brazilian legend, The Sea Serpent's Daughter.   Monty concluded the storytelling with encouraging us to join in the chorus of a sea shanty.  The finale to our afternoon was sitting down to a sumptuous afternoon tea with contributions from everyone.  Apologies were received from Kathleen Comber, Bill Park, Christine Begovich, Glenn Swift, Sally Gaunt, Valda Locke and Jesse Williamson.

Future storysharings are as follows - these will be a great opportunity for storytellers to practice their stories in a supportive atmosphere in preparation for Children's Book Week in August, and of course we do need listeners who bring attentive listening skills to our gatherings.
Please bring a plate of finger food, a friend and come and join us.

Saturday, 20th July 2.00 - 4.30 pm. with the theme A Midwinter's Tale or Bring Your Own Story at my home in Como. 

Saturday, 3rd August 2.00 - 4.30 pm. with the Children's Book Week theme Stories across the universe at the home of Jesse Williamson.

Looking forward to welcoming you and meeting new lovers of story.
Best wishes
Jenni Woodroffe
President
The Storytelling Guild of Australia (WA) Inc

Storysharing 04 - A Midwinter's Tale or Bring Your Own Story

Greetings all,
This afternoon was a very enjoyable time together, with a sharing of very diverse stories and a welcome to newcomer Joanna Fugl.  We began with Monty Kelly starting off Pass the Story - about a dragon with nostrils as big as a man and going round the circle to the numbat giving the little girl the treasure chest from the pirate ship, with its magical healing properties so that peace reigned in the village.  Valda Locke, newly home from the UK, excitedly shared the story she had written of The Little Pink Bunny  with its beautiful illustrations.  Sally Gaunt gave an interesting French twist to the story of Stone Soup, Jenni told The Legend of  the Starfish , followed by Ingrid Ipp's tale of The She Fox, an Inuit tale adapted by Hugh Lupton.   Jesse Williamson arrived fresh from a workshop with a paramedic and enlivened us with tales of what to do and what not to do in some emergencies, and Monty held us spellbound as he recounted his Scottish tale of the Rock clan, inspired by his dream.  Matthew McCormack held us amazed as he recounted his white water rafting down the rapids on the Zambesi River, which nearly ended with him drowning, and Joanna concluded the story sharing, telling her magpie story which somehow ended differently from what she originally intended when she first wrote it.  Siovan Kelly, Brenda Berrisford and her daughter Julie, were attentive listeners, and we numbered eleven around the laden table to conclude the afternoon with chat and good food.  Apologies were received from Glenn Swift, Christine Begovich, Raelene Bruinsma, Evyn Webster, Christina Cairns and Jenny McCloskey

Future storysharings are as follows - the 3rd August  will be a great opportunity for storytellers to practice  stories in a supportive atmosphere in preparation for Children's Book Week 17-23rd August, and of course we do need listeners who bring attentive listening skills to our gatherings.  Please bring a plate of finger food, a friend and come and join us.

Saturday, 3rd August 2.00 - 4.30 pm. with the Children's Book Week theme Stories across the universe at the home of Jesse Williamson,  Hilton.  Do RSVP to 0400 789 765 or email jesse@windwanderer.com by 1st August and request the address.

Saturday, 14th September 2.00 - 4.30 pm. Springtime or Bring a New Story at the home of Ingrid Ipp in Booragoon. 

Saturday, 12th October 2.00 - 4.30 pm.  Time for a Story at the home of Joanna Fugl in Maylands.

Saturday, 9th November 2.00 - 4.30 pm.  Stories of the Spirit at the home of Valda Locke in Hamilton Hill.

Thanks to all for kindly offering to host these storysharing occasions.
Best wishes
Jenni Woodroffe
President
The Storytelling Guild of Australia (WA) Inc.

Storysharing 05 - Stories across the universe

Greetings All,
Yesterday six of us gathered at the home of Jesse Williamson to share stories, cups of tea and wonderful food, including the best ever hommus and Turkish bread.  I was asked to begin the afternoon and told for the very first time the Blackfoot legend Scarface about the Sun, Moon and Milky Way in keeping with the theme for Children's Book Week Stories across the galaxy.  Valda Locke contributed a short story by Isaac Asimov, and Jesse Williamson, entertained us suitably attired in his rogue outfit as the Robot Commander, and sought our contributions for his planned interactive galactic journey.  This was great fun, and we will look forward to how this pans out - it is a great CBW idea.  Monty Kelly took the Storyteller's Chair, with his interpretation of The Happy Man's Shirt, which inspired Sally Gaunt to tell a story she remembered about an old queen and goose girl, who changed places, but soon realised they were much happier in their original roles.  Joanna Fugl told a family story about roast beef and why it was cut in a certain way, and this led on to a Circle Story with Joanna commencing the story of Brunhilda who lived in a cottage at the end of the village, by a road that led through the forest and was busy murmuring an incantation over a bubbling cauldron and so on round the circle, finally reaching a conclusion with Joanna.  We look forward to hearing how Joanna will weave some of the contributions made in her next version of this story.
Apologies were received from Ingrid Ipp, Christine Begovich, and Jenny McCloskey.  Due to ill health, Bill Park will not be able to attend any storytelling events for the rest of the year.
Future storytelling events:

Saturday, 14th September 2.00 - 4.30 pm. Springtime or Bring a New Story at the home of Ingrid Ipp in Booragoon.

Saturday, 12th October 2.00 - 4.30 pm.  Time for a Story at the home of Joanna Fugl in Maylands.

Saturday, 9th November 2.00 - 4.30 pm.  Stories of the Spirit at the home of Valda Locke in Hamilton Hill.

Thanks to all for kindly offering to host these storysharing occasions.

Best wishes
Jenni Woodroffe
President
The Storytelling Guild of Australia (WA) Inc.

Storysharing 06 - Springtime or Bring a New Story

Greetings All,
The wind and rain of today's wintery weather did not deter the six of us gathered at the Booragoon home of Ingrid Ipp, and perhaps added to the depth and quality of stories told.  A welcome cuppa helped stoke the fires of the tellers' tales.   I found myself in the storyteller's chair, looking out on a riot of colour provided by the green leaves and vivid reds, yellows and golds of the nasturtiums in the garden beyond.  The Moon in Swampland, a folktale possibly from Northumbria eluded me during my preparation for Children's Book Week, but unexpectedly surfaced in recent weeks,was my new story for this springtime gathering.  Brenda Berrisford then told The Silk Jacket  based on a Jewish folktale which she had reworked for her writing group, and was magnificent in this latest rendition.  Our hostess, Ingrid told The Sky Woman's Basket, an African story  with wisdom applicable to all who listen and told by David Novak.   Jesse Williamson held us spellbound as he told Colin Thompson's The Big Little Book of Happy Sadness and the story of George, his Grandmother and Jeremy the dog.  Monty Kelly rounded off the storysharing with his interpretation of Fear, Cholera and Death - a story he first heard told by Zoe Robb (Withers) many years ago and taking  up his guitar, then led us in a springtime song.  As a listener, Valda Locke made our sixth member and was able to give Jesse some useful feedback on his storytelling for CBW at the Princess Margaret Hospital.

Thanks to all for kindly offering to host these storysharing occasions.
Best wishes
Jenni Woodroffe
President
The Storytelling Guild of Australia (WA) Inc.

Storysharing 08 - Time for a Story

Greetings all,
This afternoon five of us gathered in the Maylands home of Joanna Fugl to enjoy a rich and rewarding sharing and discussion of traditional tales.  Joanna commenced with a Pass the Story beginning with "On a dark, dark, night..."and round the circle it went and concluded with a Giant lifting the roof of the little girl's house and depositing her father inside.  Jesse Williamson practiced an item for the Festival Fringe  and we enjoyed coming up with archetypes, environments and conflicts that would be suitable for an adult audience.  Glenn Swift kept us entertained with a very modern version of Cinderella, and I followed with one of Grimms' fairytales Spindle, Needle and Shuttle as retold by Wanda Gag.  There followed a lively discussion on the versions and background of various traditional tales with Joanna's friend Donna participating.

Best wishes
Jenni Woodroffe
President
The Storytelling Guild of Australia (WA) Inc.

Storysharing 09 - Christmas

Greetings All,
A sparkling little Christmas tree, and a Nativity scene made of olive wood from Jerusalem (or was it Bethlehem?) my aunt gave me years ago, welcomed the eight of us for a night of Christmas stories.  We were delighted to have Christine Begovich back in our midst after a long absence due to illness this year, and she commenced our story sharing with The Christmas Party.  Brenda Berrisford then told one of her favourite Christmas stories,  a Norweigan folktale The Christmas Rose, and Jesse Williamson was able to show us a picture of this hellebore plant on his ipad.  Sally Gaunt continued the round of stories by reading Henry Lawson's The Fire at Ross's Farm.  Joanna Fugl was delighted to have the chance to read one of the picture books on display: Applesauce and the Christmas Miracle by Glenda Millard, illustrated by Stephen Michael King (ABC Books) and so introduced this very Australian story to a new audience.  Ingrid Ipp remembered an Inuit song, especially sent to her for the evening by a friend who was unable to join us.  I had a bowl of cherries to assist in the telling of The Christmas Knight retold by Jane Louise Curry from a 15th century manuscript found in the Advocates Library in Edinburgh, Scotland. Jesse Williamson told Why Does Grandmother Sun Dance a midsummer solstice story and John Gaunt contributed as a listener, as listeners are essential to the good telling of stories and the quality of such listening adds to the richness and depth of the telling and the tale.

Apologies for the evening were received from Raelene Bruinsma, Jonathan de Hadleigh, Glenn Swift, Valda Locke, Monty and Siovan Kelly, and Kathleen Comber.

While sharing the goodies of the festive season Jesse was able to mention his involvement with the following:
A Midsummer Garden: Stories and Songs for Solstice at FERN, 20 Montreal ST, Fremantle on Saturday, 21st December,
with the cafe opening at 6.00 pm. and Performances beginning at 7.00 entry by donation.
Several Fringe Festival events, including:
Into the Twilight: presented by the Storytelling Guild of Australia (WA) on 26th Jan, 2,9,16 and 23rd Feb at 5.00 pm at the Universal Bar Upstairs, William St, Northbridge. Cost $12-$10 Tickets available from: fringeworld.com.au
Get Stumped: the Ancient Modern Art of Tripme   presented by Jesse the Windwanderer on 29th - 30th Jan, 5 - 6th Feb at 7.00 - 9.00 pm.  Cost$10- $8.
The Fringe World Festival brochure has many more enticing events, with full details of venue, cost, age range suitability, so do seek it out. Congratulations to Jesse for his efforts to highlight the work of the Guild and the joy and nurture to be found in the realm of oral storytelling.

Our AGM will be held in February at the Maylands home of Joanna Fugl.  Date and Time TBA.  This is to alert everyone that our 3 year term of  office for the role of Treasurer (Jesse Williamson) and President (Jenni Woodroffe) will expire.   

My wish for you all is a peaceful and hassle free Christmastide, and a New Year, overflowing and enhanced with the riches of oral stories.
Jenni Woodroffe
President
The Storytelling Guild of Australia (WA) Inc 

International Storytelling Festival 2005

Australia’s 7th National Storytelling Festival was held at Point Walter between September 29th and October 2nd 2005. Download the festival report.


Festival Entrance

Noel Nannup, Nyoongar Elder
Featured Speaker
Opening Ceremony
 

The Sensational Six , USA

Ken Benn, New Zealand
 

Jess Smith,
Scotland

Glenna & Caroleigh,
Canada
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