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  Story: an account of imaginary or real people and events.
  Telling: revealing a previously unheard story to new ears.

Come with us to where       people listen.


         Tell stories.



            Be part of it.   

Cock & Bull, Wellington St,


every4th Tuesday
in Winter, at 6.30pm


 it's free

every time - and you can win a storyteller badge!

"I can't believe I got up and told a story ... I only came to listen!

"It was amazing - like time had stopped.

"Why has nobody done this before?

"I want to know more about storytelling. I want to learn more.

"Do these guys really do this for love, for free? Amazing ...

Who tells the stories? You do. We all do.

Who listens? We all do; you do.

For more information mail: or msg 0493 066 953.


We have scoured the highways and byways of Tasmania - and further afield - for an unmatched lineup of storytellers who will dazzle and amaze you with their skill, humanity and knowingness. Be astonished and filled with emotion by our Friday night tellers, including:

Jim Brown/

Jim Brown worked for many years as a TV journalist  and presenter for Channel 10, following a storied career as a policeman. He was born a Kiwi, but later moved to Australia, and is one of our best proponents of the power and beauty of the spoken word. He has won major Australian poetry and songwriting competitions, and teaches students the gentle art of story telling.

Geraldine Gray/

Geraldine Gray is a highly-regarded stage performer with spoken and delivered performance experience from across the country. Her stagecraft experience working in front of both public and business punters explains her ability to get any audience leaning in, craving for more of her story. And of her voice. Better still, she will tell you how to do it yourself.

Annette Reed/

Annette Reed is a storyteller born, raised and living her entire life in rural Australia. Once a teacher and social worker and on the verge of publishing her first book, she now digs her hands deep into garlic and tomato soil but never forgets her human roots. She brings a refreshing ability to tell stories that engage and inspire, but which remind her audience that her story is their story - of resilience and strength.

Jeremy Torr/

Jeremy Torr was born in rural England, and grew up surrounded by tales of the countryside. He has worked as a journalist in Europe, Asia and Australia. Still searching for the perfect story, he has picked up plenty of tips on the way. The fact his mother was Irish, and scared him witless with tales of the Little People, Bad Tinkers and Cunning Leprechauns has not put him off storytelling. At all ...

Moran Wiesel/

Moran Wiesel is a spoken word poet, storyteller, eco-therapist, and musician. An established teller and award-winning creator of myths, their words are earth words, inspired by our intimate connection with the world’s soul, and the spectacular vibrancy of lutruwita. When not performing around lutruwita, Moran can mostly be found dancing with trees, listening for stories to emerge.

Young Dawkins/

Young Dawkins is an internationally published, award-winning poet and performer. He was Scottish Slam Champion in 2011, and his second collection, Slow Walk Home, was longlisted for the Tim Thorne Prize in 2022. He is a two-time winner of the Huon Valley/Willie Smith's Winter Festival StoryTelling Cup and bases his stories on personal journeys across time and continents. Some of them are even true.


Rachel Welsh/

Rachel Welsh is an accomplished storyteller who has devoted many years to learning and practicing the art of Storytelling. With a warm, authentic presence, she shares folktales, myths, wonder tales and biographical stories. Rachel’s guiding compass is connection, compassion, creativity and courage; and invites listeners to open their hearts, minds and imaginations to her stories.


Claire van Ryn/

Claire van Ryn is a Launceston-based published fiction author who explains her craft as the stitching together of a thousand smaller truths. Her latest book, Secrets of the Huon Wren by Penguin showcases her skill as a storyteller who loves to explore, be it in the annals of her family history, or, when it comes to her children, trying to decide whether to reward imagination or ground them for a week!



Over three days next August, we will change the way you think about told stories. How to appreciate them.

How to craft them. How to deliver them. How to polish them. How to make them stick in your memory.

How to make people say "I heard this amazing story once, about ..." - and that story will be yours.

We will bring you accomplished storytellers in their own right, plus our unique Tasmanian workshops that will give you enough storytelling skills to let you roam the byways of the world, telling stories as you go, living off the generosity of grateful strangers. Possibly. Here's what we are offering:


Our team of professional story writers and tellers will share, LIVE ON STAGE their

best pieces. There will be REAL LIFE, FABLES, ANECDOTES,


All will challenge your perceptions of ordinary life. Don't miss our evening of seasoned

raconteurs sharing their top stories.


The full day of STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS offers time-tested insights, techniques and practical knowledge to make you a better storyteller. Workshops include:

                                      TRADITION - We will invite you into the secrets of traditional folkloric storytelling.

                                      STAGECRAFT - Understand how rivet your audience, get them craving for more.

                                      EDITING - Become an expert in editing, rhythm, concision and pacing.  

                                      STORYLINES - Realise your hidden insights into where your stories can come from.

                                      PLOTTING - Ensure your ideas take powerful shape, ready to stop your listeners breath.


                                      All sessions will end with a Q+A, plus there will be an Open Q+A at day's end. 


This is the time you get to HANG OUT, SWAP TALES AND PERFORM on stage at the COCK & BULL with other storytellers who, like you, just love the spoken word. Sound good? It will be.


There is just one rule - five minutes, no longer. Oh, and no poetry or singing, thanks.

​So turn up and tell YOUR story - and of course, listen. We need your ears - and your words.

Every story is good, every story will be heard. You can read it, recite it, deliver it or mime it.  

Stories are as old as people. Storytelling is in our blood. The stories we tell can be personal,

traditional, quirky, informative, amazing, sobering, thought-provoking or just a reflection

on the joy of being human.

This is what we do. AND THEN IT'S YOUR TURN.

​​For more information mail Or message us on 0493 066 953.

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Who tells the stories? You do. We all do.

Who listens? We all do; you do.


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Who tells the stories? You do. We all do.

Who listens? We all do; you do.

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