“We tell ourselves stories in order to live” as writer Joan Didion once said. We use stories to make sense of our world and to share that understanding with others. They are the signal within the noise.
Join us to celebrate the art of storytelling, as Toi Wāhine and Nimbus Media present Spinning Yarns and Tall Tales, a discussion about, and sharing of, our stories.
If stories themselves are universal, the way we tell them changes with the technology and medium we use. Hear from a varied panel of story tellers across an array of genres and experience some of their work. And share your own story from the red chair or join the digital storytelling project happening over the night.
Jan Maree Franicevic – One of New Zealand’s most successful female comedians Jan-Maree began her career as a poet. Moving from spoken word to stand-up she has won all the big comedy awards and is now back to poetry again. She is a maestro at live performance, a talented writer and is in hot demand as an MC and Celebrant in her adopted town of Hamilton.
Cian Gardner– Cian Gardner is a writer and performer on the rise. Founder of Cove Theatre company, their first show Rauru sold out in Hamilton, Rotorua and Kia Mau in Wellington. The world premiere of Sorry For Your Loss, her follow up solo show about her own life, opened the festival and has CNZ support to tour NZ in the coming year.
Dr Alison Barrett – Dr Alison Barrett is the former head of maternity services at Waikato Hospital and is a firm believer in telling the real stories in the medical profession. She is the author of several articles about speaking up about practices and advocate for hearing the truth told. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/feb/19/doctors-knew-about-disgraced-surgeon-emil-gayed-what-else-do-they-know
Fiona Collins– Fiona Collins has been involved in films including Vai, Moana and The Orator, runs a casting company all while teaching at the National University of Samoa. Actor, writer and director Fiona Collins is currently showing New Zealand audiences her contemporary family drama AloFA on a national performance tour.
Shelly Davies – From over 25 years of experience Shelly Davies brings writing, joy and badassery to people all over NZ who want to learn to write better. Writing, publishing and teaching rock her world, with TEDX talks and awards along the way. She tells her own authentic story proudly and is excited to help others tell theirs.