‘Stories in the Club’ on Sunday, November 11 has a theme of ‘All Kinds of Strength’. Tellers will be Athol Compton, Olatundji Akpo-Sani, Oni Blecher, Ken Bright, Selase Dugbaza and the events curator, professional storyteller, Jenni Cargill-Strong.
Athol Compton, former film actor and local Minyunbul custodian, was one of the elders featured in the local book, ‘Our Way Stories’. He will give Welcome and tell a story about unknown strengths.
Oni Blecher runs a monthly poetry spoken work event in Byron Bay and weekly postnatal support groups for new mothers. She has always been passionate about the potency of community coming together to share story and build hearty ways of relating and understanding. She will share a family story of strength through perseverance, which follows the journey of a diamond found in a moisturiser pot and a young woman’s solo voyage to strange lands.
Olatundji is a writer, poet, and performer from the US, who has been writing and performing for over 20 years. Through the sharing of stories and poems, he believes that the world gets a little brighter and a little more compassionate. The story will be about the strength to try something new, fail, get back up, dust yourself off and keep on keeping on.
Ken Bright is president of Mullumbimby men’s Shed Inc. and Coordinator of The Repair Cafe Mullumbimby. He has a background in building construction and in community development. Ken’s story will uncover the hidden strengths of a teenager and a school father, highlighting changes that are possible in the life journey of men.
Selase is a Ghanaian born Australian, who arrived in the shire recently with his wife and kids. He left the public service to pursue a life closer to his heart by setting up Table 360, which connects neighbours through buying & selling home cooked food. In hindsight, he realised he had been held hostage by his fears, but when he ‘followed his bliss’, grace began to flow.
Jenni Cargill-Strong, will tell the Scottish tale of a young mother whose baby is kidnapped by the Sidh, (the wicked and wily fairies) and her adventure to find and reclaim her child.
Come along Sunday, November 11, from 4pm -5.30 pm at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club on. ‘Stories in the Club’ is supported by the Ngara Institute and entry by suggested donation of $10. Details www.storytree.com.au