Story Wise Women Storytelling Night
A True, Personal Storytelling Night
Third Tuesday of the Month (March to November)
7.30pm – 10:00pm
Women’s experiences are different, how we see the world, how we are treated in the world and 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 for a handful of 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. This is a women only event.
Visit the Story Wise Women webpage for more information,
including Frequently Asked Questions.
Venue: LongPlay, 318 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North
NB From October 2023 Long Play is under new ownership and there are no meals served... yet, but the bar is open and there are cafes nearby.
Themes: Each month we have a theme and stories with no connection to the theme are welcome too!!
The Year That Was - 21 March 2023
Tell us about the year that was your best, most memorable, never to be forgotten, or your worst year ever - your annus horribilis. Share about how you had one drama after another or a year of grace and flow that left you in gratitude and awe. Perhaps you had a year that was eventful for different reasons. Or is there a year in which you found a new sense of yourself, or lost yourself in love or in grief over one loss or a number of losses? Share with us about the year the stars aligned and you soared to great heights of fulfilment, or one in which adventure reigned supreme and you went to amazing new places. Regale us with stories of any year that calls to be shared.
Sins - 18 April 2023
Hey sinners, you’re not alone! What’s your guilty pleasure? Come and tell us about the things you don’t usually tell. Let’s break the taboo, enthral us with tales of secrets and vices. Tell us about the time you got caught in the act. Or perhaps your story is about something you’re not proud of, tell us about the silence and shame of hidden sins. Whatever your story, you can be reassured, we will not judge and your sins will be safe with us!
Blood - 16 May 2023
When blood flows internally it can bring oxygen and life to our bodies, and when it flows outwards it can drain us of life itself. Dark red goodness, and pumping pain, glorious and terrifying all at the same time. Bring us a story of blood, the mysterious, the joyful, what makes your blood boil, or brings blood to your cheeks, blood-curdling stories of terror or the grateful rhythm of monthly flow. Whatever your blood story is, we look forward to holding space for you to share.
Change - 20 June 2023
Tell us a story about the change you welcomed as a wonderful new beginning or the change that rocked your world and turned it upside down. Was there a change you were expecting and yet when it happened it came as a shock? Maybe there’s a story in your experience of the change of life or what you did with spare change that wants to be told. Share with us about the changes you’ve seen or the changes you long to see. Perhaps the change that had you all at sea - lost and looking for a new direction. Come and listen or dare to share - you just may find your story changes someone’s life.
Faith - 18 July 2023
Tell us a story of how you got through, on a wing and a prayer, or when the Universe signalled and you followed, or the time where a knowing, deep in your bones, guided you. Maybe your story is of a slow and unfolding faith, found in the beauty and sacredness of nature. Or the comfort you take from a religious or spiritual tradition. Or perhaps it is a story of when you lost faith, the leader who betrayed, the blind faith to a dead end, the creeping, screaming doubt, when all that was left was yet another life lesson. Or maybe it’s a story about your friend, sister or mother called Faith. Whatever your story, have faith that we will listen with kind and open hearts as together we put our faith in women’s stories.
Hair - 15 August 2023
Hair. Does it have the power to change your identity, your confidence, your mood, your morning? Bring us stories of bad hair days, good hair days, dreads, a cut you regret, a colour you love, a do to die for, or the disastrous home cuts of your childhood.
Bring us plucking good yarns of how you have tamed those eyebrows. Wax lyrically on stories from the salon, your first Brazilian, the surprising post menopause beard, the hair that simply refuses to die.
What lengths have you gone to for hair? Love it or hate it, dwell on it or ignore it, from pig tails to silver strands, either way there is a tale to be told, and we are eager to hear.
Joy - 19 Sept 2023
Bring us your stories of joy in the world. A tale of an experience that took you by surprise and filled you with joy - that bubbling, blissful joy that blossomed in a moment. Tell us about the times when it felt like there was no joy to be had at all. And share with us the things you do to go out and find joy. Perhaps your story is about your favourite teacher named Joy, or your aunt Joy. Tell us about how Joy is a match for her name… or isn’t! And maybe joy just follows you wherever you go! Come along and spread a little joy by sharing your story with us.
Danger - 21 Nov 2023
Are you a risk taker who loves to dance with danger? Or do you like to play it safe, be in control and panic at any hint of danger? Do you thrill to the risk of an illicit affair? Did you outwit a dangerous man, stare down a threatening boss or step softly back from a venomous snake? Did you defy death by the skin of your teeth, or conquer your deepest inner fears?. Did you miss the warning signs and find yourself face to face with the devil? Whether you were exposed to ‘stranger danger’ or more in harm's way with those you already knew, experienced danger at birth or have a loved one in danger of living on and on in an undignified state for years, we want to listen and be there with you every step of the way.
We’re looking forward to seeing you at LongPlay in North Fitzroy. Tellers and Listeners both are welcome and needed.