Thursday, April 9, 2020

Storytelling and Music: A ZOOM

We’re mastering the art of ZOOM

Jackie Kerin (Newport Storytellers) and Greg Jenkins (Open Stage) invite you to a special one-off combined Storytelling and Music ZOOM evening.

Greg hosts Newport Open Stage – a chalkboard for musicians - every month for the Newport Fiddle and Folk Club and Jackie co-ordinates the storytelling wing of the Club. Following this  event, they will return to running their separate evenings with confidence and ZOOM flair!

DATE:  Friday 17th April
TIME: 7.30 – 8.45 (we will offer to extend the time for people who still have energy to share and chat however the ‘formalities’ will be 75 minutes).

Jackie and Greg will have a space for about 7 musicians and 5 storytellers
·      Musicians have a max of 4 minutes to introduce and share
·      Storytellers/spoken word people have 6 minutes max
·      And your hosts have a gong!

When you arrive they will spend 5 minutes writing down your name and working out the running order and this will be posted on the chat stream. Please if you wish to perform arrive on time.

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When you are preparing your piece, be mindful that sexist, racist, homophobic and ableist stories, songs and comments hurt and exclude people. Please consider your material. 

We acknowledge we are connecting virtually across the traditional lands of the Kulin and pay our respects to the elders of all nations. In particular we hold in our hearts the First Peoples of Australia in the face of COVID -19. 

* Check out the Newport Fiddle and Folk Club calendar for all the on-line events. There is something for everyone.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Practice your ZOOM and play along!

Online Theme Night - Freedom Songs

Our Mothership, The Newport Fiddle and Folk Club,  under whose wings we nestle and are guided, are launching their first virtual event on ZOOM.

Newport Storytellers are learning how to ZOOM and will be announcing a gathering soon.

In the meantime, grab your spoons, anything with strings, your old school recorder and join in this Saturday. Open this link, follow the instructions and join in. Its good practice.

Detailed instructions on how to download ZOOM and join in the fun HERE 

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Corona pandemic: Storytelling Postponed

Well... this will come as no surprise.

Newport Storytellers are cancelling all events until further notice.

Here is an UPDATE on where we are at.
  • Ed’s event has been cancelled at The Village. He had all the planning in place, so when this has passed, it should be a simple matter to make it happen.
  • The Newport Folk Festival has been cancelled - Stories and Songs by the Fire will not go ahead.

We followed through and applied for a grant from Hobsons Bay to make a podcast of our stories. This is to cover Matt as editor, Alan as music co-ordinator with Folk Club musicians, a project manager and a launch party. So fingers and toes crossed… something to look forward to.

Cam and Jackie are looking into setting up a simple way of meeting virtually, but it will be a few weeks before we get that sorted. Will keep you posted.

If you use Facebook, please like us and follow our page.

Now we are under the wings of the Newport Fiddle and Folk Club, it would be nice if you joined. It’s not mandatory but the club now cover our insurance, will auspice us and they promote our gatherings and events on their website and social media. Membership here.

Be safe and stay well wherever you are. As soon as Cam and I work out the easiest platform for virtual gatherings - we’ll be back sharing stories!

To lift our spirits and celebrate our storytellers. we'll be posting videos for you to enjoy.
Here's one of the incomparable Dave Davies at the Williamstown Literary Festival 2017

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Coming up in March

Well Storytellers, we are back to business learning, experimenting, crafting stories; building confidence and repertoire.

Our February gathering was well attended, and it was wonderful to welcome new faces.

As well as practicing and trying out stories we had the chance to listen to a dramatised podcast being developed by Cam.  Cam has formed a production company with Andrew,  his creative colleague. You can follow their progress HERE.

We have a few poddies in our story family and we're learning from them and hoping, if the stars align, to make a series of our own.

Our other storyteller/podcaster is Matt McArthur. Matt has a particular interest in the human activity in Antarctica and his excellent work has been recognised with multiple awards HERE

We are back in the Newport HUB on March 20. Please join us.

For All the details about our gatherings, how to find us, future dates etc click HERE

World Storytelling Day

WSD is celebrated globally and there are many ways you can participate

Our friends in Singapore and the Federation of Asian Story Tellers  are setting up an Online Story Swap. They invite you to ...

'Join us and tell or listen to stories of seafaring folk, of brave, or foolhardy voyages to far-off lands. Or perhaps travel through your imagination to see what voyage this theme inspires.

Friday 20 March 2020, 7.30pm Singapore Time

This STORY SWAP is FREE and is open to anyone! You don't need to be a member of FEAST.

You can offer to tell a story, or simply sit back and enjoy your fellow storytellers as we swap stories.

We're looking for tellers to share a story on the theme of Voyages. (Maximum of 9 minutes)

When you register for the session, you will be sent a link so that you can join in. The link will ask you to download the ZOOM software which is very easy to install and use.

If you would like to tell a story or have any questions about the software, please contact the Swap Host - Roger Jenkins at

If you are chosen to tell a story, please make sure you can tell it in 9 MINUTES or less! We want to give as many tellers as possible a chance to share a story.

Check the timing in your time zone here:'

Monday, February 3, 2020

Storytelling is back in 2020.

Welcome to the first post on the new Newport Storytellers Blog
Our banner image was gifted to us by digital artist and friend of the storytellers Rex Smeal.

Newport Storytellers is an open-hearted space for people who want to learn to craft true tales, traditional stories, tall tales, yarns and stories for children; heart to heart and without notes. We welcome beginners and experienced folks. So come and strut your stuff, share what you know, try out a new story or tell a tale for the first time. Musicians wanting assistance and practice with their patter, are especially welcome.


What we do

  • We are a learning and practice space. However, throughout the year we will plan or participate in events where we can shine.
  • If we have a crowd, we set up a list for 10 storytellers and we ask that stories be no longer than 10 minutes, give or take. 
  • We ask that stories be said not read (unless the reading is towards a spoken piece). We reserve 2 - 15 minute places for people who want to try out longer stories.
  • We time each other, give feedback if asked, can sometimes film, record and photograph if requested.
  • We sometimes practice under lights.
  • Throughout the year we welcome storytelling guests from overseas.
  • We drink tea and eat cake and we celebrate each others creative adventures in the spoken word space.


Storytelling has been running since April 2017 as a Storytelling Australia Victoria event, under the banner: Fabled Nights. The storytellers have shared tales at the the Williamstown Literary Festival, The Dock and Altona Libraries (as part of World Storytelling Day) and at the Newport Folk Festival. Individually they have appeared at public events in the community and beyond - including Seniors Week and the Port Fairy Folk Festival.We are now nestled under the wings of the Newport Fiddle and Folk Club.



Let kind hearts and common sense prevail: sexist, racist and homophobic stories hurt people so please don't bring them to Newport Storytellers. Be mindful of the cultural property of others, in particular First Nations'. If in doubt, ask.


When: Third Friday of each month, 7:30-10pm. See events calendar for dates.
Venue: Newport Community Hub (Program Room 2, next to Library - enter from terrace in Paine Reserve)
Cost: $5 / $3 NFFC members.
Access: The venue is wheelchair accessible.
Parking: There is free parking at the rear of the building, off Derwent St.
Public Transport: the Hub is a short walk from the Newport train station and bus interchange.
This is an intergenerational event. Children welcome at parent/carers discretion.


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We thank Hobsons Bay Library for their ongoing support

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