#1: ‘the unexpected happened when?’ – the yarn live debut podcast, May 2nd, 2012


1920's children, listening to The Yarn

1920’s children, listening to The Yarn.

After a bit of faffing about over cups of tea, The Yarn Storytellers are pleased to present their debut podcast, ‘The Unexpected Happened When?’

Featuring Yarn Live host Russ Pirie, theatrical guru John Bolton, the lovely Jacqui Gordon and the inimitable Mel Bergland, as they share their stories of the unexpected at a little Melbourne bookstore called The Book Grocer. With untold thanks to Cloud Unknowing and Anthony Winnick for audio assistance.

As we spin this out to the wider web, join us at your leisure here, and regards,

The Yarn

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the yarn live in september – back to the nest



Can we ever go home again? Is it comfort or terror that awaits? In September, the Yarn will be going ‘Back to the Nest’, and we want to hear your stories! Join us on Wednesday September 5th from 7pm at the Northcote Book Grocer for the next instalment of the ongoing, unravelling Yarn. Interested in sharing your story? Let us know via email at yarn.storytellers@gmail.com

See you there 😉

welcome to the yarn


Few things in life are as satisfying as hearing a good story told well. For some it comes easy; others discover that their stories, too, can have power. And everyone, everyone has a story to tell.

Beginning May 2 at The Book Grocer in Northcote, The Yarn is a home for those who relish the sharing of life and the telling of its stories. Four speakers take to the stage – to make us think, make us laugh, pause to wonder, or even to move us – sharing tales spun from the fabric of their life, illuminating the human side of the things that matter.

It’s anecdotal. It’s personal. It’s polished. And it’s open to all.

The Yarn is a vibrant and energetic addition to the Melbourne story-telling culture, with bimonthly events and an accompanying monthly podcast with featured tales. If you have the words, we have the ears.

See you at the Yarn.

who’d have thought? stories everywhere!

There has been a lot of interest in and coverage of the growth of the live storytelling scene in Australia. This Radio National program asks, why? Is it a response to the soulless nature of the modern media landscape, or ‘just another outlet for our insatiable hunger for 15 minutes in the spotlight?’

Perhaps a third option is left out of that suggestion – a natural manifestation of a longstanding tradition, spreading into an increasingly networked world? We’re not sure, but people sure are taking notice…


Everguide has a good overview of the growing scene here, but there are other nights in Melbourne that have gone overlooked in the recent coverage. Check out Hearth Tales at the Abbotsford Convent, as well as www.storytellingvic.org.au for your fix. Each storytelling night has its own flavour, so drop in on each one if opportunity allows and say hello – perhaps you’ll find yourself getting hooked…



The Yarn is an exciting new addition to Australia’s storytelling culture. Based in Melbourne, it is a event that seeks to bring together people from all walks of life through the universal pleasures of the well-told story.

The Yarn Storytellers night launched on May 2nd, 2012, at the Northcote Book Grocer (263 High St, Northcote) and featured John Bolton, Jacqui Gordon, and Logie-award winner Mel Bergland. A full house was in attendance and a good time was had by all.

The Yarn is currently working on presenting the evening as a podcast, which will be released shortly.

the yarn podcast

The Yarn podcast will be an hour-long wool-blend of the best that contemporary Australian storytelling has to offer.

Hosted through podbean and available soon through iTunes, its monthly release cycle will alternate between a distilled recording of our bi-monthly live events, and an assortment of contributed stories to be performed by the readers and actors of The Yarn community, with interviews and news on upcoming literary occasions. When the season allows, you can expect a weekly thread of short, snacky episodes – fifteen minute interludes, like mittens to the warm woolen jumper, of things that are just too good to go unheard.

It’ll be wordy, in the best possible way. It’ll be personal – you can take it with you wherever you go. And it’ll be free. Stay tuned…

tell us a story…

More than anything, we want to hear your stories. We encourage anyone with a tale to tell to get in touch – and we’ll help you share it with the world. Stories can be submitted anytime for The Yarn. Please send your  ideas and stories to yarn.storytellers@gmail.com to get the big ol’ ball of yarn rolling.

Remember that the art of storytelling is just that – an art. As such, it’s helpful to remember a few things about what makes the difference between a good story, and a great one – one that people will take with them, that they’ll remember and talk about later.

With that in mind, here are some basic tips on storytelling at The Yarn. Continue reading