Story News & storytelling events, with Anna Jarrett: Story Studio - the Travelling Storyteller

Anna Jarrett

The Travelling Storyteller

Based at Batemans Bay on the South Coast NSW, Australia

"Connecting people & places through stories"


An occasional newsletter of storytelling events, reviews, profiles and thoughts


Issue 2

February 2008

Happy new year! It looks like itís going to be  a good one for storytelling and I hope that itís a good one for you all.


Iím very excited to see my business growing with some strong strands in early intervention programs for children and families, accessible arts community projects and creative story school programs. I'm really standing in my story now & wow, the door's just keep opening. Iím enjoying working collaboratively across art forms, writing articles about my emerging practice with story, music & creative play, facilitating workshops to help inspire more people to live & work creatively.



Free Form Sensory Garden Project
We've received funding from Regional Arts for an exciting project involving a group of artists who are living with disabilities. The free Form sensor Garden Project is a multiarts installation/improvised performance in response to our relationship with the local Botanic Gardens which we'll visit each month and explore all all sorts of stories & sounds around. Wow, new work & one which regional Arts & Accessible Arts are both really into & wanting to see more of.

The workshops start in March, so look for an update on this project in my next newsletter.


Writers Roadshow

Iím developing a writers and performance project with the South Coast Writerís Centre and the Eurobodalla/Braidwood Learning Community cluster of south coast schools. Weíre planning to run a series of writing/storytelling workshops for students in the middle years (years 5 Ė 8), with the aim of creating a supportive network for young writers, and opportunities for young writers to develop and present their work at public events and possibly an annual writers camp.

Stay tuned!


Early Intervention Work Ė Programs for Children & Families

After the success of my tour out west for Childrenís Week in 2007, Iím excited to be invited to visit a number of other regional communities around NSW. I really enjoy this combination of modeling storytelling and music through shows, then facilitating storytelling in the community through workshops with carers, parents and educators.

It is refreshing to find that so many communities are looking for their own solutions to community issues and exploring creative ways to address the complex task of raising healthy, happy children and families.


Iím enjoying researching early intervention programs and reflecting on where storytelling fits into the broader picture of community services and the needs of families and children.


Stories and storytelling are powerful tools to lay strong foundations for learning and strengthen connections between children and their parents/carers.  We need stories which help us to understand who we are, where we belong and how we can stand strong in this rapidly changing and challenging world. My task as a storyteller/facilitator is to find and to create the right stories for communities, with messages of hope, personal empowerment, the joy of learning an the beauty of belonging to a community. Yeah! Hereís to a world where storytelling and story sharing is an important part of our daily life and living skills.

Anna Jarrett Travelling Storyteller

Storytelling workshop Dubbo 


Anna Jarrett Travelling Storyteller at Dubbo

Storytelling at Children's Week Event, Dubbo



Once Upon A Song

Ann and I are enjoying a roll of folk festival shows and we were particularly excited to be featured at the National Folk Festival last year. What an amazing event! I recommend this festival to everyone as there are so many stages and styles and a space for every type of person under the sun. Pure folk fun.

This year weíre doing some of our local festivals Ė the Illawarra Folk Festival in January and Cobargo at the end of February. We love seeing all our old friends at these festivals and making lots of new friends. At the Illawarra Fok festival, we were joined on stage by two beautiful children performers Ė Jasmine, my daughter, and  Ashley, a three year old starlet. They both took to the mic and hit the harmonies with confidence and charm. Itís beautiful to be inspiring young children to sing, dance and enjoy music and stories with their friends and families.


Anna Jarrett & Ann Lehman

Anna Jarrett & Ann Lehmann


Yoga & Storytelling Retreats

Mouli and I are enjoying working together again this year on creating extra special weekends away. Mouli now has her Dru Yoga Teaching certification and is planning to facilitate yoga retreats every month this year. Iím looking forward to offering the storytelling and music evening component of these retreats. My stories and music speak from heart to heart and aim to bring a lightness and sense of wonder to our lives, knowing that we are all connected, we are all one.

Mouliís retreats are now called YogaLight, for the wellbeing of body, mind and spirit.

Check out my retreats page for more information.



Anna Jarrett Oneness Yoga Retreat

               Anna Jarrett, Oneness Yoga Retreat 2007


Iím loving the diversity of my work as a contemporary storyteller, because I get to research and craft new stories for all sorts of new programs. As well as my regular performances at the National Museum, which is one of my favourite places to tell, Iím doing some special programs for Harmony Week (March 17 -23) and Seniors Week (April 7 Ė 13).


We will be celebrating Harmony Week on Tuesday March 18 at Batemans Bay Library, by presenting stories and music from around the world. Iím delighted that Mary Scott has invited me to participate in this event. Mary introduced me to African drummer/dancer Desiree Sheldrake, who will drum in the event and share her insights on the role of rhythm and drum to connect us all.


More information on this event is in my calendar and will be on my website soon under Special Programs.


During Seniors Week this year, Iíll be presenting a special workshop called ďSnapshot StoriesĒ for parents and grandchildren, at Parramatta Heritage Centre on Sunday, April 13. This intergenerational workshop is a fun way for families to share their stories and to learn to craft a short, snappy story behind a specific photo.

More information on this event is in my calendar and will be on my website soon under Special Programs.


Thatís all for now!

Keep an eye you for my next story news with storytelling CD reviews and some storytelling festival and news.

Happy stories.



Anna Jarrett Travelling Storyteller at Spark Festival 2007           
               Anna "Betushka", SPARK Festival 2007







Last updated, Monday February 08, 2016


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