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Jan Wositzky: The Storyteller’s Guide to Australia

Session Info:

Storyteller, writer and musician Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky
 understands the meaning of this year’s Book Week theme –  Australia: Story Country.

To Jan this is a land of stories, and for 45 years he’s has been travelling 
and writing best-selling books, recording CDs, performing acclaimed shows, producing audio tours and writing radio and award-winning television documentaries –
all delving deeply in the tales and literature of this land:
 black and white, ancient and contemporary, north and south, serious and mirthful.

Now especially for Book Week 2016 Jan is offering a show titled The Storyteller’s Guide To Australia.

The material in The Storyteller’s Guide To Australia can vary according to age level and each school’s curriculum focus, but for this presentation Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky draws on his many books, recordings and shows, with pieces of Australian literature from Indigenous traditions (told with permission), oral history stories such as the famous Bill Harney’s War, poetry from the likes of CJ Dennis, Mary Gilmore, Bruce Dawe and Banjo Patterson, yarns that Jan has written himself, folk songs and history stories.

The show is one hour with ample times for questions – which often opens up surprising extra material and unexpected directions.

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