Kaitlyn is the workshop facilitator at Yarn: Stories Spun in Brisbane, a performance poet, and a writer. This is her monthly newsletter on live storytelling, poetry and other creative projects in Brisbane.
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Hi y'all,

I'm busily getting ready to tour Not Much To Tell You to Perth's Fringe World festival and self-calming with lemonade icy poles so this'll just be a quick one.

Happy to say we ran a sold-out Yarn storytelling workshop at the State Library today and met a great group of emerging tellers. (Welcome, you guys, to the newsletter!) (Adorbs photo below.) We're already organising another workshop for March, so if you haven't been yet, there's still time. Keep an eye on Yarn: Stories Spun In Brisbane for more info.

If you have a story you'd like to pitch to Yarn, our co-producers Ryan and Kate are very friendly and nice and would love to hear from you. Email them a brief synopsis of your story and a bit about you, with the subject "Story Pitch": (If they select your story for one of their upcoming shows, you'll have the chance to rehearse it with them beforehand.)

That's all from me for a while. I'll be rabidly tweeting and instagramming from the fringe festival in Perth. If you have any friends/family in Perth, maybe tell them about my show? It's called Not Much To Tell You but I really do say a lot in it. Find out more on The Blue Room Theatre website.

Keep in touch, let me know what projects you're working on and how your stories are coming. x


What's on

Yarn: Back to School

Stories of rules broken and lessons learned
Wed 29th Jan, doors 7pm
Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley
Entry: $5
More info


Ruckus Slam: January

Brisbane's craziest new spoken word event
Wed 22nd Jan, doors 7pm
The Hideaway, Fortitude Valley
More info


Starting a storytelling group?

Quite a few people have expressed to me the wish for a regular, informal storytelling group in Brisbane. I'm happy to facilitate this by putting interested parties in touch with each other. If you attended a Yarn workshop and would like to keep practising your storytelling, or you'd like some feedback on your stories, this could be a great resource. Email me and we can get the ball rolling:

Call out

Know someone who pushes boundaries, who doesn't let stereotypes box them in? Have you, or someone in your life, overcome obstacles to work in a field where you are a minority?

I'm looking for people to interview for a project that will begin production later this year. It's my residency project for The Edge, State Library of Queensland, and it will collect the stories of people who are operating outside their traditional areas of privilege.

If you're someone who was told "You can't do that" because of your personal background, but did it anyway, I would love to hear from you. To give me a shout, or nominate someone you know, email me:
"Class photo" from today's Yarn workshop at the State Library of Queensland.
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