Call for local storytellers

01 September 2015

The Write Around the Murray Festival is calling for local storytellers to get up and share a true story at the upcoming Now Hear This event on Friday 11 September.

For the past five years, Now Hear This has been bringing people together to hear and tell stories, recorded for broadcast on the ABC Radio National program. Now Hear This curates true stories on a theme. They are always short, between five and eight minutes, and can be funny, moving or silly.

The show's host is the lively Melanie Tait.

Festival co-ordinator Ann-maree Ellis said that live storytelling events were fast becoming the most popular way to spend a night out.

Ms Ellis said that "after the fun and success of last year's event, Melanie booked us 12 months in advance for this year".

"She'll also be interviewing Tim Flannery right before Now Hear This, so it's going to be a very big and exciting Friday night at the LibraryMuseum," Ms Ellis said.

"We'll have a pop-up bar open and early bird cafe will be serving a light supper. People won't need to go anywhere else!"

Last year about 80 people gathered for the event at Write Around the Murray and heard seven local storytellers and visiting authors tell stories about 'the first time'.

You can listen to podcasts of last year's stories from thriller author Michael Robotham, and locals Simone Engdahl and Wella Lechmere on Radio National's program page for Now Hear This.

Ms Ellis said the power of storytelling is unquestionable.

"It is our most powerful tool for effective communication and creates our most vivid and compelling forms of entertainment. We are all storytellers and we live our lives through a network of stories," she said.

Have you got a great story to share? Of course you do. This year's theme is 'lost the plot', and we've all experienced that at one time or another.

Whether you laughed about it, cried about it, or marvelled at the string of events that unfolded, the festival would love to hear from you.

To find out more and to submit a story to share on the evening, visit the Write Around the Murray website.

Now Hear This: Friday 11 September, 7.30pm, at Albury LibraryMuseum, corner Swift and Kiewa streets. Ph: 02 6023 8333.

Cost: Gold coin donation