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.
Meet the Team
Lee Palumbo is a regular storyteller at our events and takes her inspiration from comedians for her storytelling style. She believes in the transformational power and healing that story sharing brings, particularly in the supportive and encouraging environment that Story Wise Women provides.
Cherie first attended Story Wise Women in July 2017. It was major milestone on the path to finding her voice. Chez became a regular and an immediate advocate - bringing friends, welcoming first timers and encouraging others to share. Chez discovered real power in the art of crafting a story, and a safe place in which she could share her lived experience of domestic and sexual violence, death and dying and the joys of her adventures. Not therapy but definitely therapeutic. Chez supports storytelling in celebrating life, building community and creating social change..
Kate has a deep love and respect for story as a way of making sense of the world and this one 'wild and precious life'. She does more audio producer than live telling these days, but yearns to find a way to balance both! Read more on her website here.