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Summer Solstice

A very happy Summer Solstice to everyone in the southern hemisphere! (Happy Winter Solstice to you northerners.) According to our European ancestors, now is the time to celebrate the abundant ripe energy of the earth. (If you are looking for a forest loving Santa-free...

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A Labyrinth, a Goddess and a Descent to the Underworld in Byron

For many years, my friend, Jacquelina Wills and I have dreamed of building a public, local labyrinth in Byron Shire. We recently scored a small grant from the Byron Shire Council’s Placemaking Seed Fund, as one of seven catalyst events for the Byron Bay Town Centre...

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When stories are bread for a thousand

Though this article is a reworking of the blog post below it,  I have posted it here due to popular request. It has enjoyed some good editing, thanks to American environmental storyteller Pete Griffin and the editors at theNational Storytelling Network (NSN)...

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The best story wins: amplify your environmental message using storytelling

As the power of story has been increasingly recognised, the quote 'the best story wins' (1) has enjoyed high circulation. Organisational storyteller, Annette Simmons used it in the title of a book and subsequent workshops. So let's unpack for a bit, why stories are...

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‘Stories on Foot’: connecting visitors and locals to place through story

This year (2016), I have begun a new business called "Stories on Foot: Tales of Byron Bay and the Rainbow Region". Here I make a start on the story of why I started it and what I want to offer people through these tours. When my kids were still quite young I had the...

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Updraft

    Updraft by Jenni Cargill-Strong   There are little nubs growing where my shoulder blades should be Little nubs and upon them hang wings: translucent, tremulous, wet, wrinkled, folded.   As I walk here, the crunch of gravel beneath my boots the...

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Golden Tales, local tales, stories of country

LISTEN TO GOLDEN TALE STORIES HERE: https://soundcloud.com/bayfm/sets/local-stories-under-the More stories will progressively be uploaded. ‘Local storytellers, bards, fablers, yarn-spinners and raconteurs, take note: a new storytelling festival needs you! ‘The Golden...

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Green Stories & The Hero’s Journey

 This is the fourth and last post on the 'Green Storytelling' workshop I led last month in Brisbane. At the start of the workshop, I told the 'The Blue  Coat'. Then, as our ice-breaker and in order to get participants telling as quickly as possible, I invited them to...

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‘Reaching for The Moon’ got an award!

My latest CD 'Reaching for The Moon' (released late 2013) won an international award- and I am now officially able to announce it. It is higher than all the previous awards. My previous three albums each won Honours in the 'Storytelling World Awards' which is runner...

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