Storyteller Harlynne Geisler
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INTERNATIONAL Note: many of these website listed below are in the language of the country. Accent marks over some foreign words are missing.:
United Kingdom and Canadian events are on separate pages.

Storyfest Journeys is a tour company takes you to various locations around the U.S. and the World and tells you the stories of the place you are visiting:

Storytelling in Spain, France, and Portugal:

Norwegian Association of Storytelling This home page offers links to storytelling resources, addresses of Norwegian storytellers, and other storytelling information.

Sweden: Ljungby hosts a week-long storytelling festival in June every year, the Beréttar Festival. Beréttar is Swedish for storyteller. For more information write to: Beréttar Festival, Norra Jérnvégsgatan, 13, 341 37 Ljungby, SWEDEN.
To find out more about the storytelling scene in Sweden:

Netherlands. Storytelling Festival.; Storytelling groups can be found at Newsletter can be found at editor Jan Swagerman's website

Spain: In Barcelona the Casa Elizalde organizes storytelling sessions and courses Madrid has annual February festival Alcala de Henares celebrates the anniv. of Cervantes' death with storytelling; Aguimes, Gran Canaria has January festival; Tenerife has festival every December and courses on storytelling and a magazine; Castilla-La Mancha: a monthly Viernes de los Cuentos and annual festival or; Andalucia has a festival; Festival Internacional de la Oralidad en Espana celebrates storytelling and theater festivals in several locations in Spain and France

Austria. Annual storytelling festival Tales of Graz.

France: Le Centre des Arts du Recit (for the Rone-Alpes Region); Le Centre de Litterature Orale (for the Centre Region); La Maison du Conte (for the Ile de France Region) La Grande Oreille director of periodical about storytelling:; La Parole: Magazine on the Art of Storytelling; Les Cahiers de Litterature Orale biannual periodical of articles on orally transmited texts, Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales 0033 1 49 26 42 74 - 2; La Joie par les Livres (site in French, Spanish, and English); L'Agenda de Litterature Orale et le Repetoire Permanent de Literature Orale
France: The "Arts du Récit" Festival is held in Grenoble, France and surrounding areas in May each year. For further information contact: Les Arts du Récit, Couvent des Minimes, rue Dr. Lamaze, 38400 St, Martin díHères FRANCE
France: The Novena Storytelling Festival is held each year beginning in August. It is not a religious festival, simply, the nine communities around Poât Celard (by the way, Poât here means "a well") invite nine different storytellers for nine evenings to share their art. For more information contact: Waness Melsen, La Neuvaine du Conte, Le Chateau- Poât Celard, 26460 FRANCE
France: Storytelling and Calligraphy Festival held each fall for the past four years in Amiens, about an hour, north of Paris. Itís a wonderful combination of Arabic, Persian, Oriental and Western calligraphic styles and the living word, in the presence of professional calligraphers and tellers from all over and a program of performances and exhibitions. The Amiens Festival is held annually from the end of November to the beginning of December. Contact Mr. Brahim Benabbad,c/o A.C.I.P., 10 rue Condorcet,80090, Amiens, FRANCE 011 33 3 22 47 61 72

European calendar of festivals and workshops around written in German:
German-speaking and storytelling in Germany can be found at these websites:,, and Further info about storytelling in German should be available at:;; Phone: 04363 90 48 42 Biennial festival in North Rhine-Westphalia Annual congress in September
Nurenberg, Germany. starting April 30, 2001: 1001 nights of storytelling 26 storytellers from the greater Nurenberg area have joined to bring into live "1001 Nacht erzählen", with the object of telling for 1001 nights in a row, without exception. If the audience supports the idea, this means a near three years' term. Anything that can be told will be heard: fairy tales, local legends, lies, memories. Guest storytellers from all over the world are welcome to tell in their native languages, with English having good prospects of finding its audience. Performance dates can be guaranteed to anyone asking for with two months advance. Further information is to be found at: Martin Ellrodt <>
Germany Every first Sunday evening in month Stefan Kuntz is telling stories in German in a wine-restaurant in Cologne. next: april 7th, mai 5th, June 2nd. Kierberger Str. 15//8 D-50969 Koeln Telefon ++49 (0)221 41 98 98 Fax 93 61 51 7
Gidon Horowitz tells in German in Germany and other countries. To find out his upcoming shows: Tel. ++49 - 7661 - 7559 / Fax ++49 - 7661 - 98 94 73 e-mail: Internet:

Australian storytelling events:
Darwin: Northern Territory, Iris Beal, Darwin City Library. Ph (08) 8982 2563 (contact only)
Australian Storytelling Guild (NSW) Editor: Sandra OíNeill Tel/fax: (02) 9525 9958 PO Box Q274, QVB Post Office, NSW 1230 Email: Website:
ACT Storytellers Guild Inc: Mary French. PO Box 420, Dickson, ACT 2602. Ph (02) 6254 2349, Fax (02) 6207 5209
Storytelling Guild of Tropical North Queensland: Cairns City Library, PO Box 359, Cairns, Qld 4870.
Storytelling Guild of Australia (Victoria): Imelda Evans, PO Box 10, Deepdene Delivery Centre, Vic 3103. Ph (03) 9753 4290.
Storytelling Guild of Australia (SA): PO Box 162, Stepney, SA 5069. Graham Ross (08) 8339 3519 David Smyth, Newsletter Editor.
Storytelling Guild of Australia (WA): Neville Blampey, PO Box 1170, West Perth, WA 6872. Ph (08) 9377 5215, fax (09) 9250 241. Carol Reid, Newsletter Editor,
Queensland Storytelling Guild Inc: Shirley Way. Ph (07) 3365 2777 (daytime).
Tasmania: Prue McCausland, Ph (03) 6394 7184 (contact only)
Australian Storytelling Guild (NSW) Inc Workshops will be held at The NSW Writers Centre on the third Saturday of the month, on these upcoming 2002 dates: 16 November. Note that attendance at workshops is now $16.50 (includes GST) for members and $25 for non-members. Australian Storytelling Guild, PO Box Q274, QVB Post Office, NSW 1230
Australia Fitzroy, VIC Boite World Music Cafe. 61 3 9417 1983

Auckland. Last Thursday of month. Auckland Storytelers Club. 17/31 St. Benedicts St., Newton. 7.30 pm $4 nonmembers. Also annual storytelling festival. Contact Antoinette, Ph 09 6267171 within NZ; 64 9 626 7171 outside NZ.
Wellington. First Tuesday of month. Wellington Storyteller's Cafe. Community Arts Centre, Oriental Parade. $5. 7.30 pm Contact Mary-Alice Arthur, Ph 64 4 387 8284
Timaru. Last Thursday of month. Story Spinners Circle. Members' homes. Annette Knowler 64 3 688 4614 outside NZ; 3 688 4614 within NZ
Thames Storytellers. Meet at Green Cheese Organic Cafe. Maggie McLaurin 64 7 868 1007 outside NZ; 07 868 1007 within NZ
Masterton. Fourth Tues. 7:30 Wairarapa Storytellers. Meet at Russian Jack Cafe, Queen St. 7:30
Christchurch. Second Tuesday. Canterbury Tellers. Meet at Main Street Vegetarian Bar & Cafe, 840 Colombo St. Liz Weir 64 3 318 2643 outside NZ; 03 318 2643 in NZ
Other Areas: to find local tellers who want to meet new tellers: Barbara Rhodes
New Zealand Storytelling Guild: New Zealand Guild of Storytellers: Liz Weir. Ph 64 (03) 318 2643
New Zealand Held every two years in Masterton, Glistening Waters International Storytelling Festival

Caracas Venezuela (site in Spanish) Narradores orales, Cuenta Cuentos

Argentina Every April a 3-day festival called Encunetro de Narracion Oral offers workshops and stories. (site in Spanish)
Argentina Cordoba has many festivals. Contact Silvia Beresovsky at A storytelling group called El Caldero de los Cuenteros meets in the city every Wednesday. Contact Maria Eugenia at
Argentina Buenos Aires. Storytelling group called Gente de Palabra meets at the Finis Terra cafe every Friday. Info from Paula Martinn at
Argentina 2 year course of storytelling available at Instituto Summa or at Adeno. Four month course available too.

Brazil. Rio: Bia Bedran; Mil e Umas:; Joaquim de Paula; Grupo Morandubeta; Belo Horizonte Roberto Carlos Ramos; Sao Paulo Regina Machado

Chile. Santiago: Hugo Fernandez (Festival Director); Valparaiso: Carlos Genovese; La Serena: Patricia Mix (organizer of Women's Festival)

Cuba Cuban storytelers have organized around one section of the Association for Scenic Artists and have a web page in cooperation with Venezuela at


Asian Congress of Storytellers annual. Info:

Indonesia Storytelling is taught at the Univ. of Indonesia Jakarta at the Faculty of Letters, Dept. of Library Science.
Japan Storyteller's Association.;

Phillipines: Alitaptap Storytellers' Club; Museo Pambata; Philippines Board on Books for Youth (organized a national storytelling contest for youth tellers)

Singapore: Contact Sharon Thien at or Sheila Wee at Now is a good time to tell you of the launch of the newly registered
Storytelling Associaton of Singapore (SAS) on May 21, 2006. We had a buffet of stories aimed at family audiences
and a token fee that entitled an adult to a memebrship as a "Friend". We aim
to carry out more outreach programmes and are aurrently in negotitaions with
the Parks Board to do storytelling in the Parks in the North and East
The Asian Civilisations Museum's auditorium will be the venue for the the showcase performances as
part of the Singapore International Storytelling Festival (SISF). The SAS is
involved in the planning of the professional progamming for the Asian
Congress of Storytellers to be held on August 30th and 31st and the showcase
from Sept 1-4th. The National Book Development Council is the organiser:
For more information on the association, please check out our websbite:
If anyone of you is passing through Singapore, do let me know. We do love to
meet kindred spirits.
Kiran Shah
President, Storytelling Association, Singapore
Asian Storytelling Network & Good Books
tel (65) 6447 3320
fax (65) 6344 9942

Tel Aviv Merkaz Ayelet (Michal Porat, director) in Tel Aviv is offering an advanced course for professional storytellers and for actors who are interested in learning the art of storytelling. The course will include coaching on movement, voice work, crafting stories, working with props, music, etc. Participants can register for one or two semesters. Call Rinah telephone: 09-771-7374, cellphone 053-392917. rinah@MACAM98.AC.IL
Tel Aviv Library has School of Storytelling 2 year program and conferences.
Tel Aviv Oppenheimer English Storytelling Center run by Dvora Shurman with monthly meetings.
Tel Aviv suburb Holon has Yossie Alfi's Succoth holiday festival and Givatayim, another suburb has Alfi directing an ongoing story theater.
Yossie Sela trains Ethiopian emigrants, the deaf, and elderly as storytellers.
North of Israel. Yoel Perez runs Center for Folktales and Folklore and its magazine Mizracha La-Shemesh Maarava La-Yareach and publication of folktale collections. and school for storytellers in Kiriat Tivon (near Haifa) and is involved with the Northern Storytellers who meet monthly (similar circles are in Tel Aviv and Maale-Zevia).
Two tellers have emails: Dvora Shurman at and Yoel Perez at

Gimistory Festival. Annual.

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