Words on the Wind: storytelling series launch: The Library at the Dock Thursday 24 July 2014

Invitation to the launch of 
Words on the Wind

 image: photo Anne E Stewart of library window designed and installed by Penguin

Words on the Wind is a series of free storytelling shows coming to the new Library at the Dock, running from July through to December 2014. Nine storytellers from Storytelling Australia Victoria have crafted six compelling tales to reflect their relationship to this part of Melbourne’s Docklands. They will explore the history and environment of Victoria Harbor, a corner of Melbourne steeped in tales of mystery and intrigue, not to mention major engineering works! 

Project Director and professional storyteller, Anne E Stewart said, “Words on the Wind is inspired by a visit to the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh where storytelling for adults is integral to the profile of the 1st City of Literature”. Anne dreamt of somewhere comparable in Melbourne, and with the support of Paula Kelly, Manager of the Melbourne Library Service the series was conceived. “For our storytellers to grow and develop repertoire, they need challenging projects, good venues and fair remuneration. The Library at The Dock is a new meeting place and a chance for traditional storytelling to shine.”

* Dates and times for your diaries: full details available soon but here is the line up of storytellers to whet your appetite! 

August 21: Niki na Meadhra Doors open 5.30 pm 
September 18Jackie Kerin and Teena Hartnett  Doors open 5.30pm
October 16: Anne E Stewart Doors open 5.30pm
November 20: Andrew McKenna and Peter Fernon Doors open 6.30pm
December 18: Simon Oats and  Roslyn Quin Doors open 5.30 pm

*Words on the Wind is supported by the City of Melbourne in partnership with the Melbourne Library Service

Reflections on Lake Leake, Tasmania, Australia

Lake Leake is the name of both a lake and a small township in the eastern midlands of Tasmania. The lake can hold 22.076 gigaliters of water. The lake was named after Charles Henry Leake a member of the Tasmanian Legislative Council.
The lake is used for recreational fishing, for brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout.
The village is built on land owned by the Northern Midlands Council. Inhabitants must purchase a license to have a building there, are restricted in the number of days per year they can live there. The main purpose is to accommodate recreational anglers.

The photos are taken in Winter, which is now. I like these photos I took as they are simple.


The Bushranger - Ned Kelly

Edward "Ned" Kelly was an Irish Australian bushranger. Kelly's legacy is controversial; some consider him to be a murderous villain, while others view him as a folk hero and Australia's equivalent of Robin Hood.

A final violent confrontation with police took place at Glenrowan on 28 June 1880. Kelly, dressed in homemade plate metal armour and a helmet, was captured and sent to jail. He was convicted of three counts of wilful murder and hanged at Old Melbourne Gaol in November 1880. His daring and notoriety made him an iconic figure in Australian history, folklore, literature, art and film.

Born 1854 Beveridge, Victoria. Died 1880 in Melbourne, Victoria. 

There is a museum at Glenrowan which is interesting.  It's a small town in country New South Wales NSW.

Peter Fernon and Charles Affleck: 'Gilgamesh. He who saw the Deep' Global Storytelling Day 2014

The International Storytelling Network encouraged us all to celebrate Global Storytelling Day on June 21 with 'Stories to Change the World'. 

In  its fourth year, a total of 660 storytellers from 34 countries on five continents participated: Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, UK, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela.

Victorian Storyteller Peter Fernon and Musician Charles Affleck performed Gilgamesh: He who saw the Deep at a House Concert - a profane, solemn and bawdy retelling of the world's oldest written story. 

To book Gilgamesh. He who saw the Deep or learn more about Peter's work as a storyteller visit his site:  HERE

Learn more about the International Storytelling Network: http://www.cuentacuentos.eu/

Busy day

Yesterday was a very busy day especially in the morning and at 15degC = 59degF a rainy dreary winter's day, I started the washing, commenced making two banana loaves, visitors came, then the plumber.  My father phoned me from the hospital to have a chat. Then more visitors came from South Africa, the first visitors left as sister in law came, and I managed to talk and make my loaves, make a cup of tea all before they left at 1.30pm.  Then immediately I headed to the hospital to visit my dad. There are several car park associated with the hospital and the rate is $1.50 per hour AUD.

So today the renovations are complete, so the cleanup of the house will begin in my spare time.

The daisy growing in the front area of the garden. Photo taken at the weekend.

Reflections on the Tamar River.

Update on my Dad. The link to my first post.
So the update is that he is now in the main hospital in the city where I live which is much easier for me to visit him.  He isn't travelling well, and we don't know how long he's got with us.
The Dr's are trying to keep the pain away but it's proving to be difficult for them and my dad.
Dad still has his sense of humour, and he said to me two days ago, "I tried to die last night, but I couldn't"!

The Tamar River (indigenous name: kanamaluka) is a 70-kilometre (43-mile) with the mouth being at Low Head which goes into Bass Strait. Tasmania.
The River is very near our small city, and one can walk beside the river, take a cruise or dine at the eating houses near by.

I took these photos just before sunset on a calm winter's day and was lucky to get a reasonable reflection.

Australian Camels.

Australia is set to begin exporting thousands of live camels to the Middle East after one of Saudi Arabia's richest men invested tens of millions of dollars in a ship designed to open up the trade.
The ship, on its way to Fremantle in Western Australia after being launched in Singapore this week, features super-sized doorways and two decks designed for adult camels.
The businessman made the investment after picking up on international coverage of Australia shooting thousands of feral camels causing environmental damage in the outback.
A local exporter said the camels could be exported from Broome, Fremantle and Adelaide as soon as they became available in sufficient numbers.
The Federal Government culled about 160,000 camels over four years as part of a $19 million program that ended last year.
The feral camel population was estimated at one million at the start of the cull, about 40 per cent of them on Aboriginal-controlled land.
International Livestock Export director Graham Daws said the trade in camels had been held back by the lack of a purpose-built vessel. "It is very exciting, especially for indigenous people," he said. "There is a whole new business there."
The man behind the venture, Hamood al Khalaf, has imported more than $1 billion worth of livestock over a long career.
He has spent $100 million converting the Awassi Express for sheep, cattle and camel exports and on associated infrastructure in Australia and Saudi Arabia.
Mr Khalaf will charter the vessel for sheep, cattle and camel shipments to the Middle East, pending a breakthrough agreement between Saudi Arabia and Australian to reopen live exports.

Camels on Cable Beach in Broome, Western Australia.
These camels are used to take people on a ride along Cable Beach at Sunset, it's where I took these photos a few years ago.

Waiting for a ride.

Gael Cresp: Stories for Grownups: Wonthaggi June 2014

On Friday 13 June the first of these sessions was held.

I arrived with my apples and saw 20 empty chairs. But by the time the session began all of the seats were occupied – some folk I knew from the community and some were complete strangers.

Since the session was billed as “Winter Stories” I started with the story of the apple tree who wanted the stars in her branches (see link below) then I cut the one of the apples to show not only the star but the sparkles that surrounded it.

Then I began the story of Atalanta (see link below), segued through an account of the creation of a golden ball with a secret opening mechanism and into a version of “The Frog Prince” (this one has yet to be filmed or written up).

 These stories were followed by a short question and answer session and I invited them all back next month for stories around the theme “If you can’t be a good example you’ll just have to be a horrible warning."

Information and bookings HERE

The Apple Tree (told by Gael Cresp) 
Sometimes we just need to change our way of looking at things to find the hidden secrets in side.
Atalanta (told by Gael Cresp) 
When I first read this story in the grade 3 reader I was annoyed that Atalanta could be tricked by just rolling some balls at her feet – then when I grew up (and found the story of the Apple Tree) I created this version.

Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Austalia

The view of the town from the hill at Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia.

The War Memorial with the Australian Flag and the Flag of the Northern Territory.

Not keen for photos are the black people.

Clare Coburn: Open to the Elements. Tales of gardens and what helps them grow. 10 August 2014

open to the elements
tales of gardens and what helps them grow

Sunday 10 August 2014, 2.30pm

Storyteller Clare Coburn accompanied by guitarist, Raziel Soto shares stories and poems linked to the elements of nature.

The Biodynamic Community Garden in Warranwood is celebrating winter, raising funds, and gathering members with a feast of stories, a sprinkling of poetry, and some music to warm our souls in the coldest part of the year.

Come along on 10 August at 2.30pm for an afternoon with storyteller and poet, Clare Coburn,accompanied by music from classical guitarist, Raziel Soto. Listen to the wisdom of traditional stories from across the world around themes of warmth, light, earth and water.

Entry by donation for members of the Biodynamic Community Garden. Non-members join for just $12 either by clicking this link beforehand or at the event, or donate the same amount. Children by donation. Share your own stories over a fundraising afternoon tea.  

 You are warmly welcomed!
for more information contact Clare at clare@clarecoburn.com
or on 9876 2395