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Category Archives: Fairy Tales

The Fairy at the Top of the Christmas Tree

Written on December 12, 2016 at 8:12 am, by

Each year I repost this sweet Christmas tale, which has no mention of Santa, but a focus on trees and forests, connection to earth. For five years the recording has been available for free, but this year a little fairy whispered to me, ‘Why don’t you allow people the option of donating for this story?Continue Reading

LAST MINUTE, ETHICAL, GREEN XMAS present ideas

Written on December 13, 2015 at 12:53 pm, by

Here is an updated version of this post I wrote last year. Do you need ideas for a last minute, low stuff, low impact Christmas? As we transition not all our choices may be 100% green but with some awareness we can still minimize our Xmas impact! It is a bit late but there areContinue Reading

Golden Tales, local tales, stories of country

Written on July 17, 2015 at 12:00 am, by

LISTEN TO GOLDEN TALE STORIES HERE: https://soundcloud.com/bayfm/sets/local-stories-under-the More stories will progressively be uploaded. ‘Local storytellers, bards, fablers, yarn-spinners and raconteurs, take note: a new storytelling festival needs you! ‘The Golden Tale Local Stories Competition’ will be one of many exciting story events planned for the inaugural ‘Festival of the Golden Tale’, which will be staged aroundContinue Reading

Green Storytelling, Bread for the Soul and David Whyte

Written on May 27, 2015 at 2:09 pm, by

  I just got asked three great questions about storytelling and my upcoming Green Storytelling workshop in Indigiscapes, Capalaba.     1. Why tell stories? (in an age of mass distraction)     2. How can stories help ME? (ie: in this ‘i-generation)     3. What can story do for our world environment thatContinue Reading

The Russian Cinderella and Mother’s Day Gifts

Written on April 13, 2015 at 3:40 pm, by

As we all know, mothering is a pretty big job. Modern women have parenting courses, books and blogs to help navigate this challenging pathway. In ancient times, some cultures had initiation rites, not only for young men, but also for young women. These rites of passage helped girls to overcome their fears and develop resilienceContinue Reading

Last-minute ethical, green XMAS Buyers Guide

Written on December 16, 2014 at 1:30 am, by

Do you need ideas for a last minute, low stuff, low impact Christmas? As we transition not all our choices may be 100% green but with some awareness we can still minimize our Xmas impact! It is a bit late but there are many things you can buy online to speed things up. Here areContinue Reading

Jacks’ Redemption

Written on October 17, 2014 at 12:44 pm, by

Many years ago I wrote this article about ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. I was holding off publishing it until I had recorded and/or published my version. However I think this article needs to be released from it’s confines (after eight long years) and perhaps it may generate discussion. Jo Henwood of the recently established AustralianContinue Reading

Scheherazade and The Thousand Nights And One Nights: the story

Written on October 14, 2014 at 9:39 pm, by

  This is a guest post by good friend Teeya Blatt, member of ‘The Byron Circle of Tellers’. She wove this exquisite version for our concert at the live performance night ‘ Tintenbar Upfront’.   I’ve heard it said that there exist amongst us tonight a group that is not familiar with the ancient andContinue Reading

My empowering Book Week flop!

Written on September 17, 2014 at 11:11 pm, by

Don’t you love it when you are put in a situation that streeeetches your experience and knowledge, so that you learn  new things and develop new skills? This year, Book Week did just that for me! I had been enjoying rave reviews and responses… until I went to Milperra High, a school for newly arrivedContinue Reading

Kamishibai

Written on August 16, 2014 at 2:15 pm, by

After my colleague Jackie Kerin (Victoria) inspired me at the National Storytelling Conference to learn the Japanese art of kamishibai storytelling, I just ordered one! Here is a blogpost she wrote about her kamishibai journey. Learn about the art of  kamishibai storytelling and possibilities in education here.

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