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JUNE ‘Stories in the Club’ Earth Love 

Written on May 28, 2018 at 9:09 pm, by

Northern Rivers story lovers are invited to gather on Sunday, June 10 for ‘Stories in the Club: Drawn from Life’ on a theme of ‘Earth Love’, as it falls a week after World Environment Day. Ten minute oral stories will be shared by Athol Compton, Dr Eshana Bragg, Maximo Bottaro, Hanna Nevarra, Henry Coleman andContinue Reading

Stories of Creativity at March ‘Stories in the Club’

Written on March 19, 2018 at 1:26 pm, by

March’s theme was Creativity and tellers were Athol Compton, Simone O’Brien, Suvira McDonald, Oonagh omZUna, Charlie Starret and me, Jenni Cargill-Strong. Each teller got 10 mins. Thanks to our wonderful photographer, Eva. Lots more photo’s on FB here. Athol Compton is Minyunbul custodian and he gave Welcome and told us of ‘How the Birds got theirContinue Reading

First ‘Stories in the Club: Drawn from Life’ for 2018 and a record crowd

Written on February 12, 2018 at 9:45 pm, by

We attracted a capacity crowd last night with all 140 chairs taken! Forty people had to sit on the tables, the only thing left to sit on. There were 180-200 people all together. Athol Compton, traditional Minyunbul custodian of the First Light people (Bunjalung), gave welcome and told a beautiful version of ‘The Three Brothers’.Continue Reading

OCTOBER Stories in the Club

Written on October 18, 2017 at 9:55 am, by

On a beautiful October afternoon in Mullumbimby, the hall adorned with John Allan’s spectacular, fragrant orchids evoking Spring, a crowd of 100 sat still and silent, as they were regaled with five powerful and diverse stories from Gabby le Brun of The Cassettes, Death walker Zenith Virago, Ngara member Paul Josif, Pathways to Manhood facilitatorContinue Reading

September Stories in the Club

Written on September 30, 2017 at 10:24 pm, by

Last month Frank Mills in conversation with Malcolm Price, charmed 100 storylovers at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club with  portraits of the changing roles of women in Byron from the 30’s to the 60’s. “When I looked at photo’s of past history,” began Frank, “ I could only find one photo of a woman working. IfContinue Reading

Stories in the Club coming very soon!

Written on July 30, 2017 at 10:37 pm, by

It is getting very exciting as the first ‘Stories in the Club’ Concert date draws closer, enthusiasm in the community is building and people are coming forward to offer wonderful tales of place and hope. August and September concerts are now full! August tellers will include well-known locals, traditional custodian and former screen actor, UncleContinue Reading

Stories in the Club: Tales of Place, Tales of Hope

Written on June 29, 2017 at 10:38 pm, by

I am excited to announce that I am launching a new community storytelling concert series, beginning the afternoon of Sunday, August 13, with the support from Ngara Institute and Creative Mullumbimby. Good stories can be road maps for a life well lived. In these times of rapid change and widespread loneliness, such ancient, simple soul food can beContinue 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

An ‘Interesting’ Christmas

Written on December 10, 2015 at 11:48 am, by

Last weekend, the world saw the largest global rally on climate change in history. I was at the Byron gathering and had the great honour of telling the folktale of “Elephant and Hummingbird” to the 800 gathered. We live in interesting times. So I am focusing my story output on teaching environmental storytelling and using storyContinue Reading

The Oldest Story in the English Language

Written on July 26, 2015 at 11:22 am, by

Brian Hungerford was one of my early storytelling mentors. Lucky me, as he is a master storyteller and author of some renown!  I first met Brian at the National Folk Festival and we performed together at Woodford Folk Festival. He was always enormously gracious and generous towards me, even in the early days when someContinue Reading

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