The Cicada Story Slam is the brainchild of renowned Daylesford storyteller, Anne E Stewart. It is dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling and is modeled on story slams, like The Moth in New York and ABC’s Now Hear This. Our series is unique in aiming to tell the story of our community by asking tellers to share their personal stories about the Hepburn Shire.
Inspired by a visit to The Moth in Brooklyn with Rod May in 2015, the Cicada Slams will culminate in a grand finale where heat winners vie for The Rod May Storytelling Trophy.
Interested in telling your story? Head over to the FAQ page for find out what is involved.
This project was made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, which supports the arts in regional and remote Australia, and proudly supported by Regional Arts Victoria.
Season 3, Episode 1 | Welcome to another year of Cicada story telling! Some wonderful stories on the theme ‘Beginnings’ at the slam this week. We heard stories about when it all began, the start, the seed, the moment, the first step. We heard about ideas and firsts of all kinds.
Season 2, Episode 8 | Tonight we heard some very sentimental words from our contestents. Here is a summary of some of the stories we heard.
Season 2, Episode 6 | A lively night of stories on the theme of ‘Hidden Treasures'. Highlights include -
Laurel Freeland: Photos of her grandchildren take her back to a time of sneaking off from school, barbecues in the bush. They forgot to extinguish their fire, this meant trouble. A man on a tractor puts out the fire, what a great hidden treasure to find in the bush.
Season 2, Episode 5 | An enthralling night of stories as part of the Words in Winter festival. As always the fire was on in the back room at the Daylesford Hotel with a full house of guests listening to local stories.
‘The Longest Night / Wait’
Season 2, Episode 3 | The Longest night certainly inspired a range of stories from Don’s story of the birth of his premmie son, Kevin's story of the Beatles tour of America in 1964 and then John Lennons death in New York 16 years later, Leticia’s performance to a muted audience in the US and Toby told a story of his sister playing tricks on him and his relationship with dogs.