Before There Were Books There Were Storytellers
The Gentle Art of Storytelling – join six of Victoria’s most talented storytellers as they recount fabulous tales.
Storytelling Australia Victoria has been nurturing the art of oral storytelling in Victoria for over 40 years. With the advent of the written word, the crafting of tales for telling faded and the old stories were gathered and bound into books for private study and enjoyment. The old folk tales, myths and tall stories were no longer commonly traded around hearths.
However, not to be deterred, twice a month Storytelling Victoria hosts events where people can practice the art of spoken story. Fabled Nights in Newport and RAW Garden Storytelling (East Brighton) are spaces for the aspiring and experienced storytellers. Storytellers Jackie Kerin, Mary O’Meara, Matt McArthur, Dave Davies, Durgah Devi Palanisamy and Sarah Depasquale are regulars at these gatherings and continue the spoken story tradition and in their stories you will see the motifs and structures of memoir, fantasy, history, thriller …
In 2008, Melbourne was designated the first and only UNESCO City of Literature in Australia, and the second in the world. Spoken word, as both poetry and storytelling, is part of this city’s rich literary environment. Every night of the week, people gather to tell and listen to stories: in libraries, pubs, cafes, on stages and in drafty halls. Stories maybe packaged in books and films but the gentle art of telling is a sweet pleasure all of its own.
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