There are two exciting storytelling events happening in Australia this June long weekend in Sydney. Lucky me, as I am off to both, where I will catch up with lots of storytelling colleagues from far and wide, and this time some of my local story colleagues will also be attending. Yippee!

International Storytelling Conference “Weaving Stories Together” 

The first event is the International Storytelling Conference “Weaving Stories Together” which is held in Sydney. This is only held every two years. This year the dates are Friday-Sunday June 6-8. The keynote speaker is the wonderful master storyteller, Diane Ferlatte (USA). Thanks so much for the hard and dedicated work of the Australian Storytelling Guild (NSW).diane ferlatte

I will perform in the Saturday Evening Concert 7.30pm along with Victoria Burnett (USA), Christine Carlton, Lee Castledine, Diane Ferlatte (USA), Eve Hofstetter,
Donna Jacobs-Sife, Anna Jarrett, Patricia McMillan, Rona Mentari (Indonesia),  Lindy Mitchell, Megan Pascoe,  Jacqui Rash (USA) 
Rhonda Stein and Usha Venkatraman (India).

On Sunday afternoon, I will present my workshop ‘The Art and Craft of Re-interpreting a Folk Tale’ .


Inaugural Australian Fairy Tale Society Conference

AFTS-logoThe second event is the Inaugural Australian Fairy Tale Society Conference, held Monday June 9, in Paddington Sydney. My colleagues Reilly McCarron and Jo Henwood initiated ‘The Australian Fairytale Society’ and in record time have attracted enormous amounts of interest and some extremely high profile presenters for this inaugural conference. Well done Jo and Reilly!!

The program looks extremely stimulating. When I sit on the panel discussion, “Cultural Editing: How some fairy tales become lost in the woods”, I will be rubbing shoulders with fairytale luminaries authors and academics Kate Forsyth, Rebecca-Anne Do Rozario and Sophie MacNeill. Perhaps we’ll see you there?

AFTS Conf program