Storytellers to share the magic

Southern Storytellers member Heather Perriman wears a hat which inspired one of her stories and is keen for more people to join the storytellers group.

LISTENING to storytellers at their craft is magical.

The senses are heightened and the imagination is engaged. It can leave a person spellbound.

What is happening? What will happen next? How will it end?

Southern Storytellers is hosting its End Of Year Concert on Friday, November 27.

Storyteller and group member Heather Perriman encouraged people to join in the fun and “have a laugh”.

Perriman, who had written stories since she was aged 5, and told them since joining the group in 1995, said many storytellers would tell a variety of stories, no longer than 10-15 minutes long, from traditional to contemporary.

“People can just listen… or if they like, have a go themselves.

“If they enjoy a laugh and be mesmerised, please come along.”

New members were also welcome to join the group which met on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm, she said.

“Everybody has told stories all their lives… or listened to stories.

“It is becoming a forgotten art, but can still be very entertaining.”

Well-known Invercargill identity and much loved children’s librarian Liz Miller, who died this year, started the group decades ago, which still had six members.

Some members were regularly asked to tell stories at schools and community services clubs.

During the monthly meetings, members could share their “own stories” or sometimes “fun exercises” were given to encourage writing or telling a story.

One such exercise involved a collection of hats to encourage the storytellers.

From plumed, feather-bedecked beauties to a plain hessian hat, each hat then took on a life of its own under the guidance of each storyteller, Perriman said.

For more information about the group, phone Heather Perriman on 21 180 6090.

  • Southern Storytellers, End Of Year Concert, Lindisfarne Community Centre, Miller St, Friday, November 27. Raffles will be available and a supper will be provided. Door sales only, $10 waged, $5 unwaged.

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