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LIVE STORYTELLING: STORIES OF PLACE, Byron Bay Writer’s Festival 

In August, ‘Stories in the Club’ celebrates our first birthday. Excitingly, on Saturday, August 4, we are a Feature Event of The Byron Bay Writer’s Festival as ‘Live Storytelling: Stories of Place’. (NB: NOT the second Sunday and NOT at the Club!) Please join us!! Book HERE. Tales from Arakwal woman Delta Kaye, Dr Mary Gardner, Mayor Simon Richardson, Sothern CrossContinue Reading

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

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

The Fairy at the Top of the Christmas Tree

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

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

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 best story wins: amplify your environmental message using storytelling

As the power of story has been increasingly recognised, the quote ‘the best story wins’ (1) has enjoyed high circulation. Organisational storyteller, Annette Simmons used it in the title of a book and subsequent workshops. So let’s unpack for a bit, why stories are such a powerful way to communicate. We are hard-wired to process information in the formContinue Reading

‘Stories on Foot’: connecting visitors and locals to place through story

This year (2016), I have begun a new business called “Stories on Foot: Tales of Byron Bay and the Rainbow Region”. Here I make a start on the story of why I started it and what I want to offer people through these tours. When my kids were still quite young I had the ideaContinue Reading

The Oldest Story in the English Language

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

Buried Trauma in the Australian Narrative

In my last blogpost, I wrote about the inaugural Golden Tales Local Stories Concert, which I co-ordinated with the Byron Circle of Tellers. The locals who came to tell stories included Lois Cook, Nyangbul storyteller and traditional custodian. Lois was recently featured on ABC TV in an exquisitely made and profoundly important, mini-documentary, “Babe in the reeds:Continue Reading

Golden Tales, local tales, stories of country

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

  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

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