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
year my storytelling work took off with a full plate of new shows and
workshops, a new collaboration for Harmony Week
with African drummer, Desiree Sheldrake, and some storytelling tours to new
places out west.
this new work comes a rush of new insights, research and huge creative
growth. I’ve thrown myself into the world of early intervention, middle
years initiatives, strengths perspectives and accelerated literacy. Its
always stimulating to discover new ways of seeing, planning and presenting
my storytelling work as I continue to search to find and define contemporary
contexts for storytelling in practices.
I look forward to meeting you somewhere on the road.
Harmony Day, Anna & Desiree
Family and Community Strengths Conference
Storytellers Approach to Oral History seminar at the State Library of
NSW, was a great success. This seminar is part of an annual series which is
presented by the Oral History Association of Australia (NSW). I enjoyed
presenting my insights and ideas into oral history facilitation and
production. The questions and discussions were very lively and inspiring.
Thank you all who attended.
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. One of my
regular gigs at the National Museum of
Australia, has sadly ended, with the closing down of the storytelling
program. However, one door closes and another opens. I’m enjoying
researching and writing lots of new material for the upcoming Glistening
Waters Storytelling Festival in
Week this year was an abundant
program of events throughout NSW. I presented a special workshop called
“Snapshot Stories” for parents and grandchildren, at Parramatta Heritage
Centre. This intergenerational workshop was a fun way for families to share
their stories and to learn to craft a short, snappy story behind a specific
photo. I really enjoy bringing families together to share their stories,
reminding us that we all have stories to tell.
2 was a busy time for me at
I’m also enjoying being involved in my daughter Jasmine’s Year 1 class. They’re studying fairy tales, so every Friday I’ve been coming in with my magic basket and story hat, bringing fairy tales to life. Oh I do love them – Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Little Mermaid. These stories are full of the magic and wisdom which so many traditional tales hold. I encourage everyone to keep these stories alive by retelling them. They’re great for dramatic play and also make perfect bedtime stories.
I’m developing a writers and performance project with the South Coast Writer’s Centre and the Eurobodalla/Braidwood Learning Community cluster of south coast schools. We’re currently seeking funds to run a three year young writers program which will include series of writing/storytelling workshops for students in the middle years (years 5 – 8). The aim is to create a supportive network for young writers, to facilitate opportunities for young writers to develop and present their work at public events and to help young writers find avenues for publishing their writing.
The first event is two days of writing workshops on September 23 & 24 with author /poet, Harry Laing, and international storyteller, Anna Jarrett (me!)
More information will be posted soon on my Storytelling & Drama in Schools page
Intervention Work – Programs for Children & Families
the success of my tour through the Dubbo region for Children’s Week
2007, I’m excited to be invited to visit a number of other regional
communities around NSW including Cobar, Walgett, Lightning Ridge, Coonamble,
Gilgandra Brewarrina, Forbes and Bourke. I really enjoy this
combination of modelling storytelling and music through shows, then
facilitating storytelling in the community through workshops with carers,
parents and educators.
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. Here’s to a
world where storytelling and story sharing is an important part of our daily
life and living skills.
enjoying developing new partnerships with parenting program providers. Some
of my work relates to the principles of Triple
P, The Positive Parenting Program - see website www.triplep.net
I am also working with Parentscope and Wollongong City Council on a special program for Child Protection Week September 8 – 12. More information will be posted on my website calendar soon.
More information will soon be available on my Children Families & Storytelling page.
Upon A Song
Lehmann 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.
year we’ve already been featured at the Illawarra Folk Festival in January
and Cobargo Folk festival in February. We love seeing all our old friends at
these festivals and making lots of new friends. At the Illawarra Folk
Festival, we were joined on stage by two beautiful children performers –
Jasmine, my daughter, and Ashley, a three year old starlet. They both
took to the mic and hit the harmonies with confidence and charm. It’s
beautiful to be inspiring young children to sing, dance and enjoy music and
stories with their friends and families.
stay tuned for more festivals, check out my CDS For Kids
all for now!
Anna and Ann Tango. Once Upon A Song.
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Last updated, Monday February 08, 2016
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