Stories of influence @ Lake Tyers Beach Hall

October 18th – 20th, 2019

Offers seemingly diverse stories from writers, storytellers and artists.

Come along and find your own connections with these stories that fill in gaps in our public knowing.

Cal Flyn – talks to us via zoom from her home in Orkney sharing her personal account of tracing her great, great, great Uncle Angus McMillian’s forays into Gippsland in the 1840’s.  Thicker than water: a memoir of family, secrets, guilt and history (2016)

This is one of the personal stories being shared at the Friday fringe at Lake Tyers Beach Hall.  The McColl family from Sale speak of steps to connect two families impacted by past actions – what it means for them and for us.  Shane Rees and Leanne Flaherty share insights into the work of Uncle Max Dulumunmun Harrison negotiating his way through history and bureaucracy to bring healing to people and landscapes on the Snowy River.

The weekend continues as writers Harry Saddler – author of The Eastern Curlew: the amazing migratory bird linking us with wetlands across the world gives a global context to the importance of local action by Martin Potts and the farmers and Aboriginal communities working together to restore Gippsland wetlands – guided by cultural stories.

Ray Thomas – artist and storyteller – speaks of significance of loss of language in this the Year of Indigenous Languages – Seemin no debil, hearim no debil, speakim no debil. 

Be entertained by great singer -songwriter – storyteller Jan on Saturday night as he performs: A Bundle of Sticks. A one-man show of gold miners and Australia’s democracy that brings to life the 1851 Forest Creek Monster Meeting – the largest known anti-government protest during the gold era.

Lynne Kelly who enchanted us last year with The Memory Code (2016) that challenged assumptions about oral societies is back with her new book The Memory Craft (2019).  Lynne shares practices from ancient times validated by neuroscience that she has trialled and now generously introduces to others.  Workshop on Saturday morning (bring pencil and paper) and talk on Sunday morning.

Todd Cook brings to life through song, stories of recovery from bush fire and insights into the first cricket team to tour the United Kingdom – mainly Indigenous players from Yarrow, Western District.  Great to have new generation of storytellers championing this event.

Tim Coronel – Small Press Network – talks through steps of planning to publish and market with writers at Saturday morning workshop and the Victoria Writers Centre – host a panel of writers with experience across the 30 years of the existence of the Centre.

Writers need readers and thinkers – all welcome.  Book for single sessions or weekend.

October 4, 2019
Stories of Influence 2019