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Story Wise Women 2019

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Handsome Her

206 Sydney Road

Brunswick

VIC 3056

Australia

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Monthly True, Personal Storytelling Nights

for Women in Melbourne

First Tuesday of the Month

March to November, 2019

7.30pm – 10pm

The Venue will change some months, but always be in the inner north of Melbourne.

Women’s experiences are different, how we see the world, how we are treated in the world, how we make sense of the world are unique and diverse.

Women’s stories are not heard as loudly, as often, as seriously or as humourously as they could be.

Women need space and time to tell, to be heard, to listen and connect through sharing our experiences, through our crafted stories. We need to make sense of our lives in a way that brings peace and hope to the events that have shaped us, as we then in turn shape them into a story. We then give this as part gift part message to our audience and know ourselves in a deeper way.

This is an open opportunity eight women to tell a 5 – 10 minute true story – no notes, it happened to you, and for the rest of us to listen. There is no obligation to tell a story, in fact listeners are needed just as much as tellers. The nights are themed, so check below for the themes.

You can buy drinks at the bar, so get a drink, settle in, and let the stories begin. See the Story Wise Women webpage for more information, including Frequently Asked Question.

Each storytelling event has a theme. Themes are meant as prompts, guides, helpful for those of us stuck, not to restrict or stump you. If you have a story knocking inside you that needs to be told and you think it has no connection to the theme, that is fine too. Here are the themes for 2019:

5 March, 2019 Theme: Women

Tell us a story about one or one thousand women in your life, from the woman who birthed you to the woman packing your shopping. Wade into the mirky waters of gender roles and expectations, of the times you've been put in your place as a woman or relished in the joy of womankind. Tell us about being ‘More Powerful Together' - the theme of this year’s International Women's Day. Share with us when you were mentored and supported or when there was safety in numbers. Hold your hand to the story, always the story, not the rant or the rave, but the heart and emotions, the people and the place. Tell us a story for International Women's Day.

2 April, 2019 Theme: Seasons

Tells us a story from a season of your life, or one evoked by a season, a story from spring - blossoms and blooming, sex in the air, fertility bursting. Harvest a story from summer, the long hot lazy days, a stand out New Year or beach trip, the dry north wind, or a hot start to the school year. Feel into the heart of autumn, with its beauty and melancholy, the darkness pressing and the days getting shorter, or share a story from deep winter, coats and long underwear, indoors, heating, hot butter, tea and cocoa (and it can also be a seasonal metaphor). Or tell us about a time you encountered people living in a different season - the very old or the very young; teenagers, newly weds, adult children, C suites or Gen XYZ.

7 May, 2019 Theme: Music

Listen for the story that sings to you, share with us the notes of birdsong, tell us about your first pop song, radio station, band crush or concert. Tell us about learning to play: the instrument, the practice, the tunes, and the exams. Remember the teachers, the choir, the school song and the anthems. Share a story about your diva fantasies, or your first heart break tune; belt out a ballad, break our hearts with Dion, (because we'll always love you). Tell us a tale about the orchestra, the opera, or your Mum's favourite record. Serenade us with strains, lullaby us with lyrics, let the music inside you, come out through a story.

4 June, 2019 Theme: Fate

Tell us a story about serendipity, the stars aligning, it all falling into place, being in the right pace at the right time. Then again, maybe tell us about when you were in the wrong place at the wrong time, when it all fell apart, when the stars collided in catastrophe. Share a story with the 20:20 vision of hindsight, when the signs were all there but you didn't see them, when it all makes sense only now. Tell us about the fateful day, the fated meeting, the chance encounter, the things that 'were meant to be'. Wait, isn't that all of it? Or is it? Let the story lead the way.

2 July, 2019 Theme: Food

Tell us a story about the best meal, the worst, the time you burnt it all, including the curtains, that cafe meal when he told you it was over, the restaurant where you first held her hand. Share your grandmother's recipe, the family favourite or the birthday feasts. Tell us about the smells of home, the preparing and the processing the growing, washing and chopping. Tell us when you gagged, had a touch of gluttony or heaved it all overboard. What about the gastro, the dieting, the purging and the allergies, addictions and appetizers. Preserve it all in a tale for the depth of Winter.

6 August, 2019 Theme: Body

Tell us a story about the body, it's weakness and beauty, strength and impurity. Tell us about a time your body was amazing, you ran, leapt or danced, you clambered, climbed or carried, it soared or softened, strained or climaxed. Tell us about when it failed you, betrayed and deserted you, tell us about illness, accident or ageing. Tell us about wombs expanding and birthing, guts heaving and contracting, rejecting, eliminating and cramping. Tell us when you were on fire, strutting like everyone was watching, or about the constant moving feast of emotions. Whatever story calls, the body was always there.

3 September, 2019 Theme: Play

Tell us a story about play: playing a trick, a board or a sports game, a scripted story or plain old fashioned child's play. Play with the theme, the story, your listeners or yourself. Loosen up and have some fun, or get hardline about the rules. If you've ever played with kids, been a kid, cheated, or been cheated on, had white line fever, played the game or been played for a fool, been to the theatre or played with yourself, you've got a play story to share.

1 October, 2019 Theme: Power

Share a story about the power, when the lights went out, and then sang back on, the batteries ran out or the fuse blew. Tell us about the power of adults - the teacher, parent, boss or police, how they used or maybe abused it, tell us about a time you felt powerless, or powerful, empowered and potent. Tell us when you felt the surge of your own power within, or when you too exercised power over. Share a story of the moving power feast, that shifts back and forth, drains and surges. Or maybe a story about the time you were totally awed by the greatest power of all, nature.

5 November 2019 (Cup Day) Theme: Face

Tell us a story with a face at its heart, the face of innocence, lust, anger or glinting eyed greed. Tell us about a look in the eye, a face you couldn't see, a sleeping baby's peace. Tell us about what you faced that day, or when you turned to face your future, or maybe it was your past? Share a story of facing the facts, facing the truth, facing away. The smile that lights up the world, the tears you brushed away, the dearest face in the world to you. Tell us about your own face, its nooks and crannies, its peaks and valleys, the scars, the makeup, the dental treatment and the lines. Face your story, then shape it to share.

See the Story Wise Women webpage for more information, including Frequently Asked Question.

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Handsome Her

206 Sydney Road

Brunswick

VIC 3056

Australia

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Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

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