Myth and Reality: WORKSHOP and STORY SHARE. Art Gallery of Ballarat Wednesday 14th January 2015

This is a day in two parts:
1. Workshop: Fees apply
2. Story Share: Free


Myth and Reality: the magic and realism of 'The Mabinogion'
 Christine Willison

WHEN: Wednesday 14th January 2015
40 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat

TIME: 10.00am to 1.00pm 
COST: $25 General Public $20 SAV and Art Gallery Members

Lunch break: 1.00 pm to 3.00pm and further discussion with Christine

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL: Phone Gallery 5320 5858 (places are limited) or book on line HERE 

ENQUIRES: call 0417 347 395 or email:

The Workshop
In this fun, informative, and practical workshop with noted UK storyteller Christine Willison you will explore some of the stories, devices and themes of The Mabinogion. Christine will use her own adaptations of three of the stories, showing how the ancient style and themes can inform contemporary storytelling and creative writing.

The Mabi what?
The Mabinogion is a collection of eleven of the very earliest Welsh stories; passed on in the ancient oral tradition from teller to listener, then first preserved in written form in the year 1350 in the White Book of Rhydderch. It was translated into English in the nineteenth century and named The Mabinogion, by Lady Charlotte Guest.

But I don’t speak Welsh!
Open to anyone - no Welsh language necessary although some will rub off. If you want to do some preparation, you could read Christine's book Pembrokeshire Folk Tales,  and The Mabinogion, a new translation by Sioned Davies. 

Workshop Leader Christine Willison
Christine is a friend of Storytelling Australia Victoria. She lives in Wales and visits her family in Victoria annually. 
For over 25 years, Christine has entertained, intrigued and inspired people of all ages and abilities with her large repertoire of traditional and contemporary stories. Whether in schools, performance spaces, libraries or museums, in stately homes in Britain or at festivals worldwide. Visit her website HERE

Christine is the current Chair of The Society for Storytelling(UK) 


Commencing at 3.00 pm, some of Storytelling Australia Victoria’s regional and metropolitan tellers will come together and share stories at locations around the Gallery.

FREE EVENT: Open to the public
Bookings NOT required

ENQUIRES: call 0417 347 395 or email:

  • The art gallery is a short walk from the Ballarat Train Station
  • If you can’t make it to the Workshop, you are still welcome to join in the Story Share
  • Art Gallery of Ballarat admission is free

 * This Storytelling Australia Victoria event is hosted by the Art Gallery of Ballarat. 

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