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Yearly Archives: 2011

The Fairy at the Top of the Christmas Tree

Written on December 3, 2011 at 7:26 pm, by

 Listen to my retelling of this tale for FREE via Soundcloud. Have you ever wondered, why those of us who celebrate Christmas, bring a tree inside our homes and wind silver tinsel around the tree from the bottom right up to the top? And why lots of us hang a fairy at the very top? I’veContinue Reading

Why storytelling in education?

Written on July 19, 2011 at 3:01 pm, by

Storytelling has an enormous number of applications. Millions of people worldwide are rediscovering it’s power. They are also creatively adapting it for modern needs: in education, business, health and social welfare. Internationally there are storytelling organisations, celebrations like World Storytelling Day, festivals, conferences, storytelling competitions and storyslams, storytelling recordings on CD and as digital downloads, you tube sitesContinue Reading

Winter Solstice and the rekindling of the Sun

Written on June 21, 2011 at 12:28 am, by

On Wednesday, at least in the southern hemisphere, it will be the winter solstice. This year I celebrated early with a small story gathering. We ate soup, then shared and improvised stories by our cosy fireside. I love the sight, sound and scent of a wood fire! Stories and myths come from the realm ofContinue Reading

Re-enchantment

Written on April 12, 2011 at 12:32 pm, by

Did you know about the great new ABC site called Re-enchantment? Video’s and audio from the site are being aired on ABC TV and ABC Radio. It is ‘an immersive journey into the hidden meanings of fairy tales’. Warning: It is for adults. It explores the darker themes of popular folk tales and why they haveContinue Reading

‘Why We Tell Stories’ by Lisel Mueller

Written on April 11, 2011 at 9:00 am, by

Here is one of my favourite poems about storytelling. I first found it in Jane Yolen’s beautiful introduction to her book, “Favourite Folktales from around the World.” To read more about the Pulitzer prize-winning poet, Lisa Mueller, follow the link below the poem.           Why We Tell Stories Because we usedContinue Reading

A story about story

Written on April 10, 2011 at 4:50 pm, by

This is Irish storyteller Clare Muireann Murphy. Here is a 3 min You Tube clip in which Clare  tells the best version of this particular tale I have come across. Enjoy!

Storytelling: Bread for the Soul

Written on March 21, 2011 at 8:42 am, by

After speaking on ABC Radio recently, I was invited by Catherine Marciniak, the Producer of ABC Open for the North Coast NSW to write about the value of storytelling.  Here is what I wrote: I am a professional storyteller. People sometimes look at me blankly when I tell them what I do. “A storyteller?” AContinue Reading

World Storytelling Day Sunday 20 March at Tweed River Art Gallery

Written on March 16, 2011 at 11:02 am, by

To celebrate World Storytelling Day Sunday 20th March, I will tell water stories at the Tweed River Art Gallery in Murwillumbah. I will tell my story ‘Shelley and Rustle’ which was inspired by a similar real life story to the one below, from my new “Story Tree and other nature tales” CD. The kind people at Australian SeabirdContinue Reading

Celebrating World Storytelling Day in Mullumbimby

Written on March 7, 2011 at 8:18 am, by

Dynamic Canadian storyteller Andrea D ‘Arville and I are teaming up to celebrate World Storytelling Day. We are hosting a Story Cafe at the Mullumbimby CWA Hall (behind the Mullumbimby Civic Centre) Friday, 18 March at 7pm- 9.30pm. We have chatted on and off over the years about doing something together some day. Finally the ‘some day’Continue Reading

Reeling in the ‘story fish’: pace and pause in storytelling

Written on March 6, 2011 at 2:05 pm, by

I work at Southern Cross University in the Storytelling Unit in the School of Education. Recently one of our international students asked me a question about pace and pausing in storytelling. He has kindly ageed for me to share our converstaion as others may find it helpful. Feel free to add comments! Hi Jenni, ThankContinue Reading

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