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Category Archives: Stories of the feminine

Why I dance on V Day and my Vagina Conversations story

Written on January 26, 2017 at 10:40 am, by

I entreat you. If you have never taken part in the One Billion Rising V Day flashmob dance in Byron Bay before, consider doing so this year. Then make a day of it and come to the rich and stimulating Vagina Conversations in the evening of the same day or the next. This is NOT aContinue Reading

A Labyrinth, a Goddess and a Descent to the Underworld in Byron

Written on October 14, 2016 at 8:51 am, by

For many years, my friend, Jacquelina Wills and I have dreamed of building a public, local labyrinth in Byron Shire. We recently scored a small grant from the Byron Shire Council’s Placemaking Seed Fund, as one of seven catalyst events for the Byron Bay Town Centre Masterplan to create a temporary labyrinth on the grassyContinue 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

Banksy and Tipingee: modern memes and ancient folktales

Written on October 22, 2014 at 1:15 pm, by

  Banksy ‘graffiti’ art has become an intriguing, thought-provoking meme with a wide emotional range: sometimes delightfully humourous and at other times, poignant, tragic and provocative. Banksy images have made a significant political contribution, and provoked heated discussion. I heard him discussed and interviewed in ABC Radio and the young male interviewer was positively aggressiveContinue 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

Scheherazade: heroine for our times?

Written on October 8, 2014 at 12:12 am, by

Scheherazade was the extremely heroic, intelligent and learned storyteller of the frame story of ‘1001 Arabian Nights’. Here is my very brief summary of the story. When I tell it is very different and longer but I haven’t yet written that down as it is still evolving. For a long and eloquent version I recommendContinue Reading

‘The Byron Circle of Tellers’ tell tales at ‘Tintenbar Upfront’

Written on August 17, 2014 at 12:53 pm, by

For a year now, I have been meeting regularly in a closed group with a wonderful group of local tellers. We tell each other stories and discuss them. It has been joyful and enriching. We had our first appearance at the Drill Hall at a concert we organised last year, which was well attended and wentContinue Reading

V Day choreography: telling a new story about women on Feb 14

Written on February 11, 2013 at 10:55 pm, by

If you are dancing this Thursday for V-Day and like me, find choreography difficult, I have created a table with the Debbie Allen steps next to the lyrics. I really love this dance and I love the way it tells the story of the song in gesture! I am not a dancer and have neverContinue Reading

Why I am dancing against violence on V-Day …and what V-Day has to do with storytelling…

Written on February 5, 2013 at 1:21 pm, by

The ‘One Billion Rising’ movement was initiated by Eve Ensler, author of the ‘Vagina Monologues’.The scale of the movement is breathtaking and exciting: currently 187 countries have signed up to join in. Authors, politicians, filmmakers and celebrities have recorded You Tubes about why they will ‘strike, dance, rise’ on Feb 14. The one billion rising orgContinue Reading

“Brave Vasalissa and Baba Yaga- Finding Our Way through the Forest” Workshop for Women

Written on December 8, 2009 at 8:24 am, by

‘Brave Vasalissa and Baba Yaga’ is a Russian and Eastern European folktale which has ancient mythic and Goddess roots. The tale was most probably a part of an ancient initiation for young women. The may have been sent into the centre of the dark forest to meet the fearsome witch, but instead they met wiseContinue Reading

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