Women's Stories Need to Be Told
Story Wise Women is a women’s storytelling movement that provides a safe place for women to tell their stories, build community and to practise and develop the art of storytelling. Story Wise Women is for all women who identify as women, regardless of their assigned gender. Storytelling evenings are hosted on a monthly basis, March to November at a range of venues in the inner northern suburbs of Melbourne, and when COVID-19 intervenes, we go online.
Story Wise Women began in September 2017. The first event was held in the Maternal and Child Health Centre in North Melbourne; it was very small, maybe half a dozen of us all up. It was started by Kate Lawrence, a passionate storyteller with a vision to create a safe place for women to tell their stories, build community, and to practise and develop the art and craft she loves. Kate was supported by Storytelling Victoria (Australia) and in particular, Jackie Kerin, (President of that now disbanded organisation).
In 2021 a small group of dedicated storytellers from the Story Wise Women community answered the call to come together to begin the exciting and daunting task of building a movement to take over, grow and expand the administration of
Story Wise Women.