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Stories in the Club @ Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club

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Mullumbimby has ‘Politics in the Pub’ and ‘Art in the Pub’ and by August there will be also be ‘Stories in the Club’. Local, award-winning storyteller, Jenni Cargill-Strong, is hosting and curating the monthly community concert and has teamed up with Jennifer Grainger, Events Secretary of the Ngara Institute, (who put on ‘Politics in the Pub’), to co-ordinate the concerts.

Jenni’s dream is to use story to deepen our connection to country, as well as strengthening the weave of our community. “In these times of rapid change, when the news has become a barrage of traumatizing information, and even in our little town, loneliness and isolation is widespread, stories can not only provide rich, soul food, but also the opportunity to connect to a quiet place within, to others in our community and connect to country,” said Jenni.

Jennifer Grainger added, ‘I wanted to be involved because I love stories. They’re evocative. They’re powerful. We enjoy them. We’re challenged by them. We remember them and often we change because of them.’

August tellers will include well-known locals, traditional custodian and former screen actor, Uncle Athol Compton; activist and actor, Tony Barry; writer and performer, Shona Anderson; author of Platypus Dreaming, Graeme Innes as well as the President of Mullumbimby Toastmasters; Louise Harrison and possibly singer, song-writer Zack Lewis-Griffiths. Jenni will also tell a tale and MC.

September tellers will include beloved long time local, historian, former farmer and Tweed/Byron fire chief, Frank Mills and writer and storyteller and Byron Youth Service Manager, Teeya Blatt.

Stories can be factual, fictional or factional – which is a blend of the two. Jenni and Jennifer will aim to have regular stories from indigenous tellers. Usually, six tellers will get 8-10 mins and in subsequent months, there will be opportunities for beginner tellers.

WHERE: The Ex-Services Club Mullumbimby, (except Oct where we’ll need to find another venue)
WHEN: Second Sunday of the month, starting Sunday, August 13, 4.00- 5.30 pm.
WHO: Hosted and curated by local professional storyteller, Jenni Cargill-Strong. For 14 years and over. Supported by Ngara Institute and Creative Mullumbimby.
PRICE: $10/$5.

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