Illustration Ⓒ Rex Smeal
For the Newport Storytellers podcast, see our podcast page.
Newport Storytellers is an open-hearted space for people who want to learn to craft true tales, traditional stories, tall tales, yarns and stories for children; heart to heart and without notes. We welcome beginners and experienced folks. So come and strut your stuff, share what you know, try out a new story or tell a tale for the first time. Musicians wanting assistance and practice with their patter, are especially welcome.
We are a learning and practice space. However, throughout the year we will plan or participate in events where we can shine.
If we have a crowd, we set up a list for 10 storytellers and we ask that stories be no longer than 10 minutes, give or take. We ask that stories be said not read (unless the reading is towards a spoken piece). We reserve 2 - 15 minute places for people who want to try out longer stories.
We time each other, give feedback if asked, can sometimes film, record and photograph if requested.
We sometimes practice under lights.
Throughout the year we welcome storytelling guests from overseas.
We drink tea and eat cake.
Storytelling has been running since April 2017 as a Storytelling Australia Victoria event, under the banner: Fabled Nights. The storytellers have shared tales at the the Williamstown Literary Festival, The Dock and Altona Libraries (as part of World Storytelling Day) and at the Newport Folk Festival. Individually they have appeared at public events in the community and beyond - including Seniors Week and the Port Fairy Folk Festival.
Let kind hearts and common sense prevail: sexist, racist and homophobic stories hurt people so please don't bring them to Newport Storytellers. Be mindful of the cultural property of others, in particular First Nations'. If in doubt, ask.
When: Third Friday of each month, 7:30-10pm. See events calendar for dates.
Cost: $5 / $3 NFFC members.
Access: The venue is wheelchair accessible.
Parking: There is free parking at the rear of the building, off Derwent St.
Public Transport: the Hub is a short walk from the Newport train station and bus interchange.
This is an intergenerational event. Children welcome at parent/carers discretion.
Newport Storytellers is in partnership with Hobsons Bay Libraries.
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We also have a Facebook page.
0412 210 098
In 2020 we put together some recordings of stories from past events, mixed in a few local musicians and songwriters, and made it into a storytelling podcast! See our podcast page for details.