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Welcome to the website of the Cicada Story Slam…
The Cicada is dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling and our aim is to honour the personal stories of our local community while creating a canvas of Hepburn Shire Stories. Contestants have 5 minutes to win over the audience with a story. No notes, no props just you and the audience! We’re looking for contestants with a personal story to tell, connected to the Hepburn Shire…
Upcoming Story Slams for 2019
For a more detailed explanation of each theme, go here.
Please note: doors open at 7pm for a 7.15pm start.
About the cicada Story Slam
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 modelled 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.
Stories from Season 2
Click on the image to listen to the stories from Season two of The Cicada.
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.read more
Season 2, Episode 2 | What a great night! We love our new venue – at the back of the Daylesford Hotel. It is cozy and warm, and well, it’s a bar…read more
Season 2, Episode 1 | Welcome to a whole new season of The Cicada Story Slam Podcast. We had a wonderful turnout on Thursday night – many thanks to all those who turned up to support our first Slam.read more
Stories From Season 1
Click on the image to listen to the stories from Season One of The Cicada.
Nicki Marshall is the winner of the first season of the Cicada Story Slam with her story “Everything is Connected”.read more
Meg is the tied winner of the “Local Heroes” Story Slam.read more
Marks Dickenson is the tied winner of the “Local Heroes” Story Slam.read more