Narrating the everyday stories of our experience By Julie Perrin
The term ‘storytelling’ is a big catch-all that can mean a lot of different things. I am interested in oral storytelling as distinct from reading aloud. We all tell stories every day, narrating our lives to our neighbours, colleagues, lovers, family and friends. But is there a place in the contemporary classroom for the shared humanity of personal storytelling?
Julie Perrin has twenty years’ experience as a storyteller and arts educator. Her professional background includes performance, teaching and creative writing. Julie collaborates with musicians to perform at festivals and conferences and has completed artist-in-residencies in Victorian primary schools as well as overseas. Julie is the 2011 winner of the Pat Glover Memorial Storytelling Award at the Port Fairy Folk Festival. Julie has delivered projects funded by the Australia Council and Communities for Children. She was lead storyteller in a project piloted by the School Focused Youth Service and documented in the DVD, Before there were books there were stories.