Portrait - Daryll Bellingham resume  
Daryll Bellingham,
PO Box 5300,
West End, Brisbane, Qld, 4101

ph. 61 (0)7 3846 3135
mob. 0417 4784 08


I've been regularly giving storytelling performances and leading and facilitating storytelling and story creation workshops, training sessions, projects and festivals in schools (primary and secondary), preschools, kindergartens, child care centres and libraries throughout Queensland and New South Wales since 1987.

Since 1992, I've explored and developed the role of stories and storytelling in community cultural development and initiated, led and facilitated many community projects based around stories, storytelling, print and web based publishing, oral and local history and more recently digital storytelling and web2 publishing.

My expertise in storytelling has led to my employment as a narrative and corporate storytelling consultant in schools, government and industry.

Performance examples

Children's Book Week performances Emeralds district, 2008
- a series of Book Week performances in local schools resulting in austoryplace.blogspot.com publication

Ipswich Art Gallery - Chidren's Exhibitions in 2005, 2006, 2007
- performances in Ipswich Art Gallery children's exhibition

'Power Kids' - school holiday performances at The Powerhouse - Brisbane, Sep 2004
- prepared and improvised stories with a mixed audience of children and audience from the Spark Bar stage

'Campaspe Shire Regional Libraries Tour' - Victoria, Jan 2004 and 2009
- performances and workshops for children throughout branch libraries.

'Vulture Street in Story and Song', Brisbane 2004
- collaborative community workshop with West End Community Storytelling Group and singer songwriter Getano Bann
- outcomes included concert and a Digital Storytelling Report DVD

'Australian National Storytelling Festival', Brisbane 2003
- performances, workshops, concert director, community presentation

'Gabbing with Chords - striking songs and stunning stories', West End, Aug 2002
- initiated, facilitated, compered & performed in a collaborative community storytelling & music concert with the Combined Union Choir and West End Community Storytelling Group.

''My Place - Multicultural Event, ABC Music Centre, Brisbane, July 2002
-storytelling, music & dance concert organised by Migrant Education & Cultural Development Association
- collaborative performance with Moses Aaron - 'Loveliest Lady in China'
-solo performance of 'The Brave Captain John Burke' the result of an inititial historical research project into the life and times of Captain John Burke (an Irish immigrant arriving in Brisbane in 1862).

'Australian National Storytelling Confest', Adelaide 2001
- collaborative showcase concert performance of an adaption of a traditional folktale 'Giant With No Heart' with Nicole Amies with clarinet, percussion and harp.
- collaborative performance with Moses Aaron and Nicole Amies of traditional folktale 'The Seal Catcher' with tenor saxophone, clarinet, percussion and harp.

'Queensland Art Gallery', Brisbane 2001
  - 2 performances in the gallery as part of the Conrad Martins exhibition
  - included creating stories about Conrad Martins journeys and improvising new stories with the audience (mixed adult, children).

'Society of St Vincent de Paul Volunteers Celebration', Roma St Parklands, 2001
  - included creating a story about the Society's founder and performing it on the outdoor parklands stage.

'Iron Men Talking', Relaxation Centre, Brisbane 2000
  - a concert of traditional and contemporary men's stories and music with Moses Aaron, John Shield, Getanno Bann, Ant Mckenna and Alex McAllum.

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Community Projects and Workshops

‘Stories & Songs from Inala Yarning Place’ 2008
'Creative Sparks' Grant to consult and work with Inala Indigenous Elders, Karen Tunny & Getano Bann & community cultural groups to create, record & publish on DVD new songs & stories.

'West End Digital Story Space' 2008
- Brisbane City Council Grant to work with members of the West End Community Storytelling Group to train participants, some of whom have a mental illness or disabillity, to create and publish stories, podcasts, vodcasts and digital stories to publish on free social networking sites.

'Picture This - Ali-Curung, NT' 2008
- Arts NT grant to run digital storytelling and video recording sessions and workshops in a remote Indigenous community in southern Barkly Tableland.

'Mitchelton Turns 150 Digital Celebration Project' 2007
- Brisbane City Council Ward and Festivals and Community Projects Grants to initiate, faciliate and manage a community history project with publication to Mitchy Memories Wiki, podcasts, exhibition and bus tour.

'Loving Logan - take 2' 2007 - MAF grant to work with recent arrival teenage refugees at MultiLink Logan creating digital stories.

'Charleville Generational Learning Digital Storytelling Project' 2006
- stories created by local Indigenous youth learning through cultural site visits with Elders.

'Loving Logan - adapting to a new city' 2005
- collaborative project with Logan City Council Library, Multilink, State Library of Qld and Speakout involving consulting with multicultural organisations and individuals and facilitating a process of creating and publishing digital stories about living in Logan City
- digital stories were published on DVD and on the QSL Queensland Stories site.

'Stories, Music and Chermside Virtuolygies' 2005
- a collaborative project with Brisbane City Council Library Service and SpeakOut, working with teenage library users,
- outcomes included digital stories, rap music, performance and multimedia skills and a DVD launch for young people in the area

'Digital Storytelling Introductory Workshops - Deniliquin NSW, 2004-05
- Wamba Wamba Community, Creative Writers and Southern Riverina TAFE

'Stories & Songs of Vulture Street' - West End, Brisbane, 2004
a collaboration with Getano Bann and the West End Community Storytelling Group producing songs from stories and performing in concert Sept 2004
- outcomes included a community concert and a Digital Storytelling DVD

'Cross Currents - Aus. National Storytelling Confest' Brisbane 2003
- member of Qld Storytelling Guild organising committee for the 2003 festival
- organised and facilitated workshops, directed and compered concerts, performed and coordinated site decorations.

'e-Motional Stores' a refugee support storytell-a-thon, Brisbane 2002
- initiated, facilitated and compered a one day storytelling event by the West End Community Storytelling Group to raise funds for the Refugee Claimants Support Centre.

'Windows on West End', Brisbane 2001 & 2002
   - initiated, facilitated and compered an ongoing series of storytelling evenings with the West End Community Storytelling Group focussing on different aspects of life in West End, Brisbane.

West End Community Storytelling Group, 1995 - 2009
   - initiated as a West End Community House response to a local community education survey requests for a storytelling workshops and activities, group has met fortnightly providing a casual and accessable venue for local residents and ongoing skills and self esteem development.

Radio Lollipop Storytelling Project, 2001
   - collaborative project with Alex McCallum creating and performing stories in the Radio Lollipop studio and in the wards of the Mater Childrens Hospital in Brisbane resulting in the creation of a web site of the stories.

Inala Commutity Gallery storytelling project, 2001
   - ran and facilitated a series of storytelling workshops at Inala Community Gallery culminating in storytelling concerts as part of the Waves of Change community cultural development project.

State Library Queensland IYOP regional library publishing project, 1999
   -based in Crows Nest Shire Branch Library at Highfields the project worked with local residents creating stories, short articles, poetry and photographs which were then published as a project website.

'West End Busking Festival', 1998
  - initiated and coordinated this one day trial for an annual event sponsored by West End Traders and West End Community House.

'Crossing Boundaries', 1998
  - sourcing and writing stories and poems for this Brisbane City Council 'Brisbane Stories' web site about the history and culture of West End in collaboration with Vanessa Fisher and Marie Biggins.

'West End Multicultural Storytelling Project', 1997,98
  - interviewing and recording stories from current and past West End residents to establish a community cultural history resource for other community arts and cultural development projects.

'Reminiscence Banners Aged Care Project', 1997, 1998
  - cross artform collaborative team with Access Arts trialing reminiscence storytelling as cultural development in three Uniting Church aged care centres.

'Listen To Me', Project Recreation, Ipswich, 1997
   - facilitated a series of workshops in different physical venues to enable adult participants with physical and intellectual handicaps to access and tell life stories and present them to a public audience with associated visual art creations.

Mirror Image Storytelling, Boys Town Linkup, 1997
   - facilitated a series of workshops with long term unemployed young adults designed to develop communication skills, self esteem and confidence.

Redcliffe Professional Fishing Stories Project, 1996 - 97
  - collection of oral history stories from professional fishermen and fishing community operating out of Redcliffe to provide a development resource for the annual Seafood Festival.

'Living on Disability Street Stories', 1996
  - facilitated a series of workshops with UNICARE Ashgrove for children and young adults with disabilities and their siblings to access, create, write and tell stories about living with disabilities.

Youth Workshops, Graft 'n' Arts, Cairns 1996
   - facilitated workshops with an emphasis on sourcing, developing and performing stories of youth issues in Cairns.

'Telling Inala', Inala Branch Library,1995
   - project designed with Lel Black, QCAN Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Cultural Development Officer, to develop story accessing and telling skills for a group of Inala residents and elders active in community arts and Aboriginal cultural development projects.

'Stories From the Heart', Paddington, 1995
   - collaborative project with storyteller Bettina Nissen and visual artist Barbara Lezius as a community cultural development strategy by Hands On Art and Paddington/Red Hill Community Centre to bring together and involve a wide range of different community groups including school children, elderly retirees, single mothers, carers, literacy classes, and people with disabilities to create, tell and illustrate stories of themselves in their community and environment.

Art House Stories, Highgate Hill, 1995
   - Art in Health Project with Joanne Kaspari using reminiscing and storytelling as a process to identify themes of importance to participants to be incorporated in a video and visual art forms exhibited in West End Boundary Street Festival.

'Telling Our Stories', Project Recreation (Ipswich), 1995
   - designed to introduce storytelling as the first of a series of appropriate cultural and personal empowerment activities into the regular program of recreation activities for adults with physical and intellectual disabilities.

Job Net storytelling workshops, 1994,95
   - facilitated sessions identifying and developing positive and empowering aspects of participants own stories and providing practice in telling their stories to others as preparation for job searching for mildly intellectually handicapped young adults.

'Oh What A Life' Storytelling Game, 1993
   - commissioned by Community Living Program to work with agency social worker, Sue Allan, to devise and trial a structure that would facilitate and empower mildly intellectually handicapped participants in effectively telling the stories of their day to day life in an entertaining way.

Youth Link, Woodridge, 1993
   - facilitated a series of cultural development workshops based around identifying young unemployed participants life stories and exploring different ways of presenting those stories to the wider community.

Mudflat Arts Community Storytelling, Wynnum,1993
- project designed to involve a range of community groups in discovering, developing and celebrating stories about their community in the local Bayside environment.

Downfall Creek Environment Centre, 1992, 93, 96
- community education storytelling with an emphasis on environment and local oral history.
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School Projects and Workshop Series

'austoryplace.blogspot.com' 2008 - 09
- story creation, podcasting, online mapping and blogging sessions with young library users in Victorian Regional Libraries and Queensland schools

'Bunya To Bay Ambassadors Digital Story Workshop' 2006
- co-facilitated a Qld. State Library a 2 day digital story workshop for expeditioners and using the Ed. Qld. 'The Learning Place' blog for script development.

Enchanted Forest Playground Stories' 2006
Brisbane City Council project involving creating and recording stories with year 3 students at Ashgrove State Primary for installation in new playground in Dorrington Park.

'Rivertales - for Riverkids Festival', Brisbane 2002
  - facilitated a series of workshops with year 3-4 students & teacher from Buranda State School to create poetry about Norman Creek and the Brisbane River to display and perform at the River Kids Festival at the Goodwill Bridge.

'Bauhinia Shire Writers in Residence Week', Springsure 2001
  - working with students and teachers from schools in the Bauhinia Shire PCAP cluster creating stories about students in their local environment to stimulate creativity and writing skills.

'For Green Eyes Only', Regents State School, 1999 and 2000
  - working with author/illustrator, Narelle Olliver, and 'Gifted and Talented Students' from 5 different schools within the group each student created a story and a linocut illustration about their local environment and we published them on a new web site called 'For Green Eyes Only.'
Thornlands State School Publishing Project, 1998 and 1999
  - working with a selected group of students from years 4,5,6,& 7 on creativity, story writing, and storytelling skills. Collaboration with Narelle Oliver who presented illustration and lino-cut printing skills to a second selected group of students. Outcomes include hard copy and world wide web publications.
Sherwood State School Gifted & Talented Project,1997
  - a series of workshops building from the school Music Art and Drama Week leading to the selection of students who wanted to develop their story creation and performance skills. Outcomes included students performing their stories in a range of venues such as school lunch time cabarets, Qld Storytelling Guild storytelling cafe and a local community arts festival.

Chatswood Hills Learnscaping Stories Project, 1997
  - workshops with all classes in the school to create stories about students interacting with their school 'learnscaping' environment. Stories were then selected for lower, middle and upper school sections and handed over to the school by the students in a whole school ceremony. Outcomes included greater sense of ownership of the school landscaping, pride in the school and the environment, stimulated creativity and ongoing curriculum participation.

Goondiwindi, Macintyre Young Writers Project, 1997
  - series of workshops for primary classes to help promote a local creative writing culture through creating stories with students as characters in local settings.

Fortitude Valley Primary, Electronic Publishing Project, 1996
  - stories developed by each class about themselves in their local school and suburban environment were then illustrated by the students and published on a World Wide Web site developed specifically for the school.

Dajarra & Urandangi State Schools, Story Publishing, 1995
   - PCAP funded project working collaboratively with author/illustrator Narelle Oliver and with students and teachers to build confidence and self esteem, create local stories about students and their local NW Qld. environment. Outcomes included two inschool publications one of which was subsequently published in a 5000 print run by Magabala Books, Broome.

Camira State Primary Literacy Project, 1994
  - collaborative storytelling/creation strategy with author/illustrator Narelle Oliver and Teacher Librarian Di Lester focused on the school library and designed to develop a literary and performance component of the school and suburban culture during Year of the Family. Outcomes included an in school publication (1995 School Calendar), student performances in school lunchtime storytelling cafe , in Queen St Mall during Education Week and in local aged care hostel. (Fundraising from publication returned to ongoing creativity projects.).

Weipa Arts Council Storytelling Project, 1994
  - storytelling performance and workshops series with preschool, primary and secondary school students designed to help overcome effect of isolation and neglect of standard touring programs.

North West Priority Country Area Program tours from 1993 - 95
  - series of storytelling performance and workshop tours to isolated country schools in north west Queensland.
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Corporate Projects
TAFE Qld, Networked Learning Project Publication, 2005
Qld Department of Main Roads, Pacific Motorway Motivation Learnings Project, interviews, writing and editing, 2001
Qld Department of Main Roads and Queensland Transport - '4 Seeable Futures Scenario Planning Report' script writing and performance to executive management group, 2000
Qld Department of Main Roads 'Success Stories' collection, writing & editing, 2000
Workshops presenter & speaker for major conferences
of professional organisations such as:
Department of Education andTraining ICT Learning Innovation Centre
The Creche and Kindergarten Assoc. of Qld,
The School Libraries Assoc. of Qld.,
The Kindergarten Union of NSW,
Australian Early Childhood Assoc. NSW Branch,
Early Childhood Teachers Assoc.,
Play Group Association,
Bundaberg Early Childhood Teachers Assoc.,
South West Region Early Childhood Teachers,
Family Day Care Associations,
Key Note Speaker, PSCQ Conference, Charleville 2008.

Training workshops for:
Brisbane City Council, Creek Rangers Program
Health & Community Services Workforce Council, Qld
SENTIS, Trainers & Facilitators, Brisbane
CHEP Asia Pacific, Marketing and Sales Managers, Sydney & Melbourne
ANZ Bank Qld Personal Banking Managers
State Public Library Division - Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville,
TAFE Child Care Courses - Gold Coast, Lismore, South Bank and North Point
Sunshine Coast Community College,
Ipswich City Council Library (Global Info Links),
Brisbane City Council Libraries Storytelling Team,
Redlands Shire Council Librarians,
Albert Shire Council Librarians,
Logan City Council Librarians.
Member of Digital Storytelling Association
Member Oral History Assoc. Australia (Qld Div.)
Active member of Queensland Storytelling Guild Inc.,
Initiator, West End Community Storytelling Group,
Initiator, 'By Word of Mouth - a Storytelling Festival',
Queensland Community Arts Network, active member,
Leader, Brisbane & SE Qld Reevaluation Counselling Community.
Professional Development
- Australian Centre for the Moving Image Digital Storytelling course and master class 2005
- Storyteller and community arts worker in schools, preschools, libraries and community venues and projects throughout Queensland and New South Wales, 1987 - present
- Advisor, performer, & workshop leader Eastwood Storytelling Festival, 1987 - 90
- Artistic director Rozelle Storytelling Festival, 1987
- State Co-ordinator - Greening Australia NSW, 1985 - 89
- Drama Action Centre - Community Theatre Course, 1985-86
- Actor, Nomads Theatre Company - Theatre In Education tour in primary and secondary schools throughout Qld and NSW, 1984
- Co-ordinator, West End Community Co-operative, 1981
- Project Officer, West End Community Garden Project, 1980 - 81
- Project Officer and State Co-ordinator, Qld Conservation Council, 1975 - 78
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Daryll Bellingham, Storyteller
P.O. Box 5300, West End, Q4101, Brisbane, Australia
Tel. 61 (0)7 3846 3135 mob. 0417 468 408 mail@storytell.com.au

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