Topic: 1996 Glistening Waters Storytelling Festival

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Details the 1996 Glistening Waters Storytelling Festival including tellers appearing, Junior Storytellers, Committee members and comments from members of the audiences.

Festival held at St. Matthew's Collegiate, Pownall Street, Masterton  25 - 28 October 1996

"Three apples fell from heaven, one for the storyteller, one for the listener and one for the one who heard."


USA                     John Braden Dashby                    

Jay O'Callahan 

Doug Lipman

UK                        Mary Medlicott

Hawaii                 Makia Malo

Australia            Gillian Di Stefano

New Zealand     Nigel de Burca

                             Mary-Alice Arthur

                             Ralph Johnson

                             Maggie McLaurin

                             Barbara Rhodes

                             Derek Gordon

Young Storytellers:

Nine workshops were organised and run, with 210 students attending,  in March by Maggie McLaurin at schools in Hastings, Napier, Waipukurau, Dannevirke, Masterton, Greytown, Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt and Wellington.  Regional Competitions were held in June and all judges were impressed by the skill, preparation and presentation of the Young Storytellers.  The Final was hosted by the Tararua Community Arts Council in Dannevirke on September 14th and was an outstanding success.  Finalists were:

Bailey Symons Beer                 Clive School                                         Hawkes Bay

Rawiri Hirini                               Stokes Valley School                          Lower Hutt

Jason Chasland                        Wainuioru School                                Wairarapa

Ora Vella                                    Te Kura Maori o Tamaki nui a Rua   Dannevirke   

Brian Hotter                               Wainuiomata College                          Lower Hutt

Kingi Kiriona                              Dannevirke High School                    Tararua


Workshops and Master Class:

Workshops cover a wide range of topics associated with the art of storytelling. A Master Class was introduced this year.  Presentations for 1996 were:


Mary Medlicott            "Participative storytelling for children including the use of song and chants."

Derek Gordon  (Bringwonder)    "An exciting exploration of the epic."                                                                                                                                                                                                      Together they enacted a Samoan/Tongan story of quest and sorrow and journeyed into the epics of Ireland.

Makia Malo                   "Using story in caring / counselling situations."        

                                          Makia's speciality is creating stories from his own life and experience with Hansens Disease. 

Jay O'Callahan            "The characters within - bringing your characters alive."        

Jay explored how to bring characters alive using sound,  detail, imagery, language and movement.

Gillian Di Stefano         "The storyteller in you."  

                                           Focus on exploring the storyteller within ourselves and how to let that storyteller come out.

Doug Lipman               "Tips for Beginning Storytellers."   

                                          For those with little or no experience as storytellers.

Liz Miller (Dreamweaver)         "Every teacher, every child a storyteller."



Doug Lipman               For Experienced Tellers


Post-Festival Comments:

  • The tellers and the stories are different from the last Festival yet they awaken the same hunger for them, which the first Glistening Waters began.  Storytelling is food for the soul.
  • From a Young Storyteller. "It was - like  - wow! It blew me away. I didn't know there were so many Storytellers.  I know now what I am going to be when I grow up.  A Storyteller."
  • Bernice and I have enjoyed attending such a well-organised world-class storytelling event.  So many enjoyable fun learning opportunities - our souls are sated. From an Australian visitor.
  • This festival is a slice of heaven. The quality and diversity of tellers; the organisational excellence of the machine behind the festival; the magnificent contribution of the volunteers; the communion of so many people from such a wide spectrum of society.  Hats off - take a bow - Festival Organisers. Ole!
  • Magical! Full of wonder, my roots and traditions re-discovered in a new land ... new friends, kindred spirits, building bridges - what a gift to share in the Glistening Waters Festival.  USA visitor.
  • Staff outstanding. Courtesy 10 out of 10. Fraternity ditto. Organisation 100% Special love to both Maureens.  Will be back.
  • What an opportunity to listen, to dream, to journey where you had never journeyed and to arrive at your chosen destination. Someone said "Be transformed" and I was. Kia ora. Thank you.      Ko te manu e kai ana i te miro nona te ngahere                Ko te manu e kai ana ite matauranga non te ao.
  • Store your memories like jewels in your heart - then on a dismal day fetch them out and refresh yourself with their beauty.


Convenor:             Joy Tutty                                 Masterton District Library

Secretary:            Maureen  Bull                        Masterton District Library

Treasurer:            Peter McNeur                        Wairarapa REAP 

                                Maureen McEwen                Wairarapa Guild Member

                                Mary-Alice Arthur                  Wellington Guild Member

                                Moira Wairama                      Wellington Guild member

                                Maggie McLaurin                  Hawkes Bay Guild member

                               Wendy Woodhouse               Wairarapa Guild Member  

                               Mary Buckner                          Masterton District Library

                               Frances Reiri-Smith               Takawaenga Masterton District Library 

                               Jerry Melser

                               Kirsty Caro                               Wairarapa Guild Member

                               Anne Major                              Committee Secretary

                               Liz Miller                                   Guild President (by correspondence)

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