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Stories in The Club: Drawn from Life: Back to the Garden

  • Mullum Ex Services Club Mullumbimby, 2481 Australia (map)

'Back to the Garden' is the theme for July’s ‘Stories in the Club’. It was partly inspired by Joni Mitchell's classic song 'Woodstock'- a bit of a theme song for the event, as well as the multiple benefits of gardening for the soul, for the community and for the environment and the garden as a metaphor for innocence and a simple life. However, tellers are empowered to interpret the theme in their own way.
Sunday, July 8,
4.00- 5.30pm
Well known local singer, songwriter, storyteller Cass Curran will open the afternoon with some ballads about gardens, including her rendition of 'Woodstock'. Cass delivers a wholesome blend of folk, country, jazz, swing, soul and gospel in a rich, unique and authentic vocal style. Her sets combine original songs with personally flavoured covers and peppered with relatable short stories.
Our local traditional custodian, Athol Compton who has been a regular guest at 'Stories in the Club', will give welcome to country. Athol was featured in the book 'Our Way Stories' and was a feature film actor in his younger years.

Dr Philip McLaren is an Aboriginal Australian from the Kamilaroi Nation. He’s a multi-prize-winning author and an Adjunct Professor at Southern Cross University. He will tell a story about early European settlement of his ancestral lands and how it impacted on communities and vast expanses of pristine lands. And he will read from his prize-winning novel –‘Sweet Water Stolen Land’ that was based on historical accounts and set in 1836.
Jacquelina Wills is a local artist and community worker, partly known for the beautiful earth mandalas she makes. She and Jenni also make labyrinths together. She has had a connection to the Mullumbimby Community Gardens since it's earliest days and will share a tale of her experiences.
Stephen Nugent grew up in Sydney, by the ocean and surrounded by nature. He worked as a gardener for 10 years when he left school and has since wandered wide-eyed through the worlds of movement, rhythm, music, ritual and social art. He will share the East African folktale of Chinamakwati, the boy ‘dressed in bark cloth’, a story set in a garden.
Greer Dokmanovic is a local Uniting Church Minister, an InterPlay facilitator, labyrinth facilitator and lover of stories. Greer will tell a Big Body Story, which is an InterPlay form that incorporates improvised story and movement, stepping into the ancient symbolism of The Garden as a place of new life and hope.
Curator of the event, professional storyteller Jenni Cargill-Strong will also tell a story. If you love gardening, stories and gathering in community, come along this Sunday, July 8 at 4pm to the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club. Doors open 3.30pm.
‘Stories in the Club’ is supported by The Ngara Institute. More information about this event and Jenni’s storytelling workshops at or call Jenni on 0403 328 643.

WHEN: Sunday, July 8, 4.00- 5.30pm
WHERE: Mullum Ex-Services Club
ENTRY by suggested donation: $10
WHO: 14 years and up