Local storytellers, bards, fablers, yarn-spinners and raconteurs, take note: a new storytelling festival needs you! ‘The Golden Tale Local Stories Competition’ will be one of many exciting story events planned for the inaugural ‘Festival of the Golden Tale’, which will be staged around the Old and Gold Festival in Brunswick Heads.
You are invited to submit a 5 to 8 minute story set in the Brunswick Valley. Entries cost $5 per story and close May 3. You must be available to tell your story at the ‘The Golden Tale Local Story Finals Concert’, planned for the day after ‘Old and Gold’ on Sunday, June 7 at the Memorial Hall.
Organiser, Jenni Cargill- Strong said, “This is an oral story competition, not a literary story competition. Stories must work as a told story and be delivered by the entrant without notes. The organisers are invoking a light-hearted spirit of competition to inspire participation, but the main focus is to come together as a community to share stories.”
‘The Golden Tale Local Stories Competition’ is designed to cultivate, elicit and support the emergence of stories of place and tales of country from our Brunswick Valley region. Entrants do not need to be a local, but the story must be set in the Brunswick Valley: from South Golden beach to Byron Bay to the hills of Mullumbimby and Wilson’s Creek. The teller can choose to tell a true story, a fictional story or a factional tale- i.e. a true story with threads of fiction woven through it. The audience may have some fun trying to judge whether your story is Fact, Fiction or …Faction!
“We fully expect that there will be so many brilliant stories, choosing finalists may be an excruciatingly impossible task!” said Jenni.
For anyone who has an idea but needs a bit of help and support, Jenni is offering discounted coaching for Golden Tale Entrants.
Finalists will have their story recorded by Bay FM and selected stories will be played on ‘The Heart of the Story” on Bay FM 99.9 Community Radio. Other prizes to be announced.