Stories in the Club 2019: What Do You Stand For?


Stories in the Club starts back on Sunday, February 10 with the theme ‘What Do You Stand For?’. This year there will only be four tellers, so each has a little more time. At the end of all the stories, there will be a short informal discussion with the tellers.
The three guest tellers will be Lyn Carson, Jim Tait and Mark Swivel. As usual, curator Jenni Cargill-Strong will also tell a folktale about a wise, talking snake who challenges a man on his slippery principles.

Jenni met Carson (who goes by her last name) at Woodford Folk Festival when she participated in an inspiring workshop series called ‘Redesigning Democracy’ which Carson co-facilitated. She is an academic, a local and also helped to found newDemocracy, an independent, non-partisan research and development organisation. She was also was very involved with Heart Politics. After some badgering, Carson has agreed to tell her story in February in conversation with Jenni.

Mark Swivel runs Barefoot Law, a community legal clinic in Mullumbimby, and will tell the story of what he stands for and why he recently founded the political party Together. Mark moonlights as MCs for Dustyesky. Last year, he published Making Australia Slightly Better Than Average Again and will be running as a senate candidate for NSW in the 2019 federal election.

Jim Tait will tell the story of why, like Mark, he has also formed a new political party. Jim is an environmental scientist who trades as Econcern, an environmental consultancy business specialising in aquatic ecology, wetland management and biodiversity conservation. He is also a husband, father, gardener and fisherman whose concern for the emerging climate emergency lead to him establishing Independents for Climate Action Now (ICAN). Telling a story in February last year at Stories in the Club was also an important catalyst in that process. He will be running as a senate candidate for NSW in the 2019 federal election. I happen to know he is also an enthusiastic dancer!