We don’t know about you guys, but around the water cooler at Everguide HQ, we are avid storytellers. However, our stories aren’t terribly varied, and by the third time you’ve heard Bert bang on about the time she waved inappropriately at Geoffrey Rush at a funeral, you’ll be scrambling for some fresh narrative thrills.
Luckily for all eager ears, The Yarn Storytellers
is about to launch into the Melbourne storytelling scene. You may not have known, but yes, there is actually an active storytelling scene a-happening, with regular groups popping up across Melbourne. This new enterprise, which will operate at the Northcote Book Grocer, comes fully loaded with bi-monthly events, a monthly podcast
, and celebrity guests. Hells yeah.
There will be four guest storytellers at each meeting, with no papers, no cue cards, no reciting, no notes, no rants, no rambling, and no stand-up routines. This is pure, polished, relaxed, dinnertime storytelling for the sake of sharing; the same reason you’d tell your friend about that urban myth-ish ‘friend of a friend’ who accidentally left a bag of poo at her suitor’s house. The guest yarn-spinners this month are John Bolton, Jacqui Gordon, and Logie-award winner Mel Bergland from Winners and Losers.
For those who don’t like to feel confined by pesky peeves such as truth, actuality, likelihood, and evidence, at The Yarn stories are only limited to how well you’re able to convey them – that and the twelve minute time limit. A short story is a good story y’all.
The podcasts, available through podbean and soon through iTunes, will swap each month between a distilled recording of the bi-monthly meetings, and a selection of interviews, literary news, and contributed stories which will be performed by readers or by actors from The Yarn bunch. Even if you can’t set aside one evening every two months - you busy little social-butterfly/worker-bee you - you can still fill your melon with all kinds of fancies whenever you like.
The first night you'll be able to prattle, wittle and chatter is next Wednesday 2 May
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