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Category Archives: Stories of the feminine

Celebrating a year of community storytelling

Written on August 22, 2018 at 10:58 am, by

‘Stories in the Club’ did already turn one in August, but as we were at the Byron Theatre, we didn’t eat birthday cake. However, on September 9, this will be rectified as we celebrate a year of community storytelling at our beloved home venue of the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club with delicious birthday cake made by Sarah Wheeler of PureMelt Chocolate! You are invited!! The themeContinue 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

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

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

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