Do you have what it takes...

To win the next Cicada Story Slam?

Toby Symes

Co-winner of the fourth Cicada Story Slam Held on 8 November 2018

Rania Awad

Co-winner of the Inaugural Cicada Story Slam Held on 25 August 2018

Fiona Kay

Co-winner of the Inaugural Cicada Story Slam Held on 25 August 2018

Ruby

Participant in the Inaugural Cicada Story Slam Held on 25 August 2018

Millie

Participant in the Inaugural Cicada Story Slam Held on 25 August 2018

Al

Participant in the Inaugural Cicada Story Slam Held on 25 August 2018

Ruth

Participant in the Inaugural Cicada Story Slam Held on 25 August 2018

Leah

Participant in the Inaugural Cicada Story Slam Held on 25 August 2018

What’s the Buzz in the shire?

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.

01

Fools Rush in

7pm Thursday 18 April
Back Bar Daylesford Hotel 

02

Are the Stars out tonight?

7pm Thursday 16 May
Back Bar Daylesford Hotel

 

03

The longest night/wait

7pm Thursday 20 June
Back Bar Daylesford Hotel

 

04

Courage

7pm Thursday 18 July
Back Bar Daylesford Hotel

05

Life

7pm Friday 16 August
Senior Citizens Hall
(Part of words in Winter)

 

06

Hidden Treasures

7pm Thursday 19 September
Back Bar Daylesford Hotel

 

07

Journey

7pm Thursday 17 October
Back Bar Daylesford Hotel

 

08

Traditions

7pm Thursday 21 November
Back Bar Daylesford Hotel

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.

‘Fools Rush In’

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.

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Stories From Season 1

Click on the image to listen to the stories from Season One of The Cicada.