Storysharing 06 - Springtime or Bring a New Story

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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.