Story Island news: A guest spot at the Wellington Storytellers’ Cafe, Coastlands school holiday storytelling and more.

  • The Journey’s Gift at the Wellington Storytellers’ Cafe 7.30pm on Tuesday 1 October, in the back room at the Wellington Community Arts Centre 61-69 Abel Smith Street, Wellington

Come along for a beautiful evening of stories, poetry and music celebrating the treasures we find when we venture out on a journey to the unknown. The Wellington Storyteller’s Cafe is a monthly event where each month sees different guest performers. This month the guest tellers are myself and Graham Ibell with music from Todd Chaplin of Southern Cross Flutes.

The event is open to all story lovers and aimed at an adult audience.  As well as the guest performance there is usually an opportunity for short stories from other tellers to be shared.

$5 including tea, coffee and munchies!


  • School holiday storytelling sessions, Coastlands Shopping Centre, Paraparaumu, 10-11am and 1.30-2.30pm everyday from 30 September – 4 October

Take a break from shopping! Come and hang out in the Garden Court Story Zone with me and settle in for a veritable smorgasbord of entertaining tales from around the world. I’ll be there twice a day to bring to you all sorts of fun and interactive tales for children. Everyday there will be something a little different. There will be tales of giants, princesses, knights and a whole heap of very peculiar animals. And of course, a bit of a sing-song too.

Coastlands storytelling

Recent events

  • Story Island Story Time at Otaki Library, 10.00am – 10.30am, Tuesday 24 September, Main Street, Otaki

Thank you to Pam and the crew at Otaki Library for inviting me to present a mixed bag of assorted storytelling goodies – tales from Book Island, a string story featuring a princess who LOVED bananas, and the tale of a magic pot that I cooked up recently for the New Zealand Chocolate Festival… more info below…

Nom nom nom…  yes, that’s the sound of me munching through all the yummy chocolate I got to sample at the New Zealand Chocolate Festival. What a brilliant three days! I was very happy to be storyteller in residence for this buzzing festival in my magical Story Cave telling a host of chocolate coated tales to enchant all ages. My colourful storytelling cave twinkled with fairy lights, and its soft cushions and carpet were the perfect spot for overwhelmed chocoholics of all ages to just relax and let themselves swept into story land. The stories took listeners on a journey to delight the sense – from mysterious tales of the first discovery of the divine cocoa bean to fairy tales with chocolate twists. I’m looking forward to telling some chocolate tales again soon (I will let you know when)…

Photo by Jun Tanlayco
Photo by Jun Tanlayco

Choc fest Lanz Mont

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