There are no doubt wonderful storytellers in Melbourne, but my e-mails to those I found online went unanswered. So I was delighted when one of the Adelaide Storytelling Guild members offered a warm welcome even before we arrived here.
Isabel Piercy is a member of David Jarman’s Probus Club. He has asked her to do some storytelling in historic dress as part of the Marion Historic Village project. When she learned David’s twin was coming to Adelaide with his storytelling partner, she wanted to meet me.
So shortly after we arrived, I gave Isabel a call. She planned a spontaneous gathering and invited the four of us (Robin & David, Jeannette & me) to be special guests. Storytelling Guild members came bearing delicious food. We ate and talked and then told stories. I jumped at the chance to tell “Letters from Frank”. I’ve been telling that story since I met the characters who inspired it. That was back in my Seattle days. Every time I tell the story it’s like having a visit with loved friends.
In March the Guild gathered again, at the home of Josephine and Mick. They are a delightful couple whose suburban property boasts fruit trees, grape vines, vegetables and herbs, and a flock of happy chooks (aka chickens).
Robin and I joined the group for more good food, more good conversations, and more good stories. I haven’t been in a community with a storytelling guild since leaving Seattle in 1990. To be with people who love to tell and listen to stories felt like coming home.
I think that’s true of anything for which we have a passion. Wherever we are in the world, when we meet others who share our deep interest, we feel a sense of homecoming.
So as we prepare to leave Adelaide, I will take with me the memory of time spent in Adelaide and Perth, where stories gave me a common thread with people we’d just met.