The First Feast: Our Annual Conference

    SINGAPORE   23 & 24 November 2018  

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Our 1st annual STORYTELLERS' Conference 

Where/when: Singapore on 23/24 November 2018 

Why there? Why then?

The FEAST Storytellers' Conference is held in conjunction with the 398.2 Storytelling Festival  

Eve of Day 1 (22nd November, 7pm - 9.30pm) : Welcome Dinner at Lagun Sari, one of Singapore's most popular venues for Malay weddings. Great food and a chance to meet fellow participants.

Day 1:  a keynote by Dr. Margaret Read MacDonald, followed by nine workshops (you can attend three- see summaries below) and a story swap session.

Day 2:  two half-day workshops by Margaret Read MacDonald:  the morning workshop is for experienced storytellers, while the afternoon workshop is suitable for anyone (storytellers, librarians teachers, parents...). There are also two paid performance slots (30 minutes each) at a Children's Arts Centre (for a total of four tellers) which Conference delegates may apply to present. 


Day 3 (25th November) THE 398.2 STORYTELLING FESTIVAL

A great opportunity to observe Singaporean storytellers in action!  Three hour-long sessions are set-aside for FEAST members to tell a 10-minute story each, for which an honorarium will also be paid.  

Get to know your fellow tellers during an optional evening programme based around a story-guided tour of either the Singapore River or Chinatown (Friday) and a story-swap social after dinner in Little India (Saturday)

DAY 1 - Friday 23rd November 2018 

                                                                     9am to  9.15am:         Welcome and Opening Story 

                                                                     9.15am to 9.30am:     FEAST Introduction

                                                                     9.30am to 10.15am:        Keynote by  Dr Margaret Read MacDonald

                                                                     10.15am to 10.30am:      Q and A with Dr Margaret Read MacDonald

                                                                     10.30am to 11am:      Coffee Break 


by Dr Margaret Read MacDonald 


What is the teller’s responsibility to the tale, it’s culture, the audience … the storytelling community? 

Dr. Margaret Read MacDonald is author of over 66 books on folklore and storytelling topics, including Peace Tales: World Folktales to Talk About and Teaching with Story: Classroom Connections to Storytelling (with Jen and Nat Whitman).  A Ph.D. in Folklore (Indiana University) and a retired Children’s Librarian,  she now travels to share stories and storytelling techniques around the globe, most recently at a delightful festival in Cuba.  Her books are available via Amazon and Book Depository.  

Conference Workshop Schedule - 23 November

 Workshop 1  (11.15am - 12.45pm)  Workshop 2  (11.15am - 12.45pm)    Workshop 3  (11.15am - 12.45pm)


Dr Wajuppa Tossa & Prasong Saihong (Thailand)


Giovanna Conforto (Italy)


Ng Kok Keong (Malaysia)

Wajuppa and Prasong  share their experiences and the process of collecting folktales from N.E. Thailand. How do we get people to remember and share folktales with us? What are issues with recording the story? How do we translate the folktales from the original dialects?  How do we select and adapt folktales for publication or performance? Participants will learn tools/tips in collecting, selecting, adapting, and retelling folktales for publication and performance.

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Dr Wajuppa Tossa and Dr Prasong Saihong,  worked in collaboration on collecting folktales from northeast Thailand in three important projects in 1995-1998, 2000-2001, and 2014-2017.  Prasong collected more folktales for Master’s Degree thesis titled, “Storytellers and Storytelling in Northeast Thailand.”  Wajuppa and Prasong tell stories in tandem using folktales they have collected and they have published several folktale collections both hard copies and online.

Let’s imagine a story like a human body. It has a skeleton and around it blood, flesh, skin... The skeleton is more or less the same for everyone, but the rest depends on our choices, our experiences, our ancestors: It tells who we are.

Learn how to make a story your own! No previous storytelling experience is required.

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Giovanna Conforto  is the creative director of the Italian Storytelling Centre, founding member of the International Association Stories in Place, and member of the Storytelling & Peace Council. She teaches at the International School of Storytelling (Emerson College, UK).

Storytelling is one of the effective ways to support reading readiness for prereader. It helps to build lots of skills for early reader. In this workshop, participate will be introduced to series of storytelling activities using fingers and body movement that will engage young children. At the same time will enhance their literacy skills. Therefore, children not only can understand the story better, and also to help them develop better reading and writing skills.

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Ng Kok Keong has been mesmerizing his audiences with stories since 2006. His storytelling passion coupled with his ability to tell stories in Mandarin, English and Malay Language has taken him all over Malaysia and to many countries in Asia.He is a frequent speaker and conductor of storytelling workshops locally and regionally and works closely with preschool teachers, parents and young children.

Workshop 4  (1.45pm - 3.15pm) Workshop 5  (1.45pm - 3.15pm) Workshop 6  (1.45pm - 3.15pm)


Alicia Bang Dong-Joo (South Korea)
with Jeeva Raghunath 


Sheila Wee (Singapore)


Julie Wee (Singapore)
In this workshop Alicia and Jeeva will demonstrate how to guide children to becoming  effective storytellers.  She will share her methods for stimulating creativity, her use of positive feedback, confidence building exercises, and overall method for improving a child's performance talent.

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Alicia Dongjoo Bang is a storyteller, teacher and educator from South Korea. Through storytelling she works to bring Korean folktales, myths and legends to an international audience. She is the director of  the Korea International  Storytelling Festival and founder of the Korean Story School.

Jeeva Raghunath  is an internationally renowned  storyteller and author, and a pioneer of the modern revival of storytelling in India.  Jeeva   has performed and conducted workshop in over 20 countries.  She is the creative director of Under the  Aalamaram Storytelling Festival and  is co-director of FEAST with Roger Jenkins and Sheila Wee.

 The Scottish Travellers have a proverb that says, “The story is told eye to eye, mind to mind and heart to heart.”  To tell a story in this way you must enter into the world of the  story and become truly intimate with it.  In this workshop you will experience a series of activities that will help you to dive deeper into your story, and so enable you to tell it more authentically.

Please  come with a story  in mind  that you would like to work on and you know well enough to tell roughly. 

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Sheila Wee has been  a professional storyteller, storytelling trainer and  story consultant for the past 20 years. She has been  at the forefront of the  revival of storytelling in Singapore and is co-director of FEAST with Roger Jenkins and Jeeva Raghunath.

This workshop is about exploring techniques to allow your authentic voice to shine through. Through connecting to your imagination, we will explore ways to shed the voice patterns you may habitually fall into, and discover how you can be vocally and imaginatively present when sharing our story with an audience. Come with a story you are familiar with.

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Julie Wee trained as an actor at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA)

Drama  School  in Melbourne.  She works as a host and as a professional voiceover artist who runs her own home studio. Companies that use her voice include Visa, SK-II, Olay, Neutrogena and McDonalds. Julie has conducted workshops which focus on voice in performance, drama and accent work, as well as personal tutorials for storytellers and actors for performance or audition preparation.

Workshop 7  (3.45pm - 4.45pm) Workshop 8  (3.45pm - 4.45pm) Workshop 9 (3.45pm - 4.45pm)


Kiran Shah (Singapore)


Christine Carlton (Australia)


Craig Jenkins (UK) and  Mochamad Ariyo Faridh Zidni (Indonesia)

What can do you with a piece of paper and other low cost materials? Create Stories, of course! Discover hidden stories in simple everyday materials. No experience required, just a desire to explore, have fun and unleash your inner creativity!  

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Kiran Shah has been telling professionally for 20 years, travelling all over, sharing, learning and making friends. Kiran believes that stories have the power to entertain, engage and connect us to the deepest levels of our humanity.

The power of spontaneous and playful storytelling is often undervalued. Through improvisation and with a sense of play, participants are invited to stretch their imagination to develop their creativity, spontaneity and flexibility to awaken the storyteller within. We will explore how these skills apply in our lives - with our families, in the classroom, boardroom or on a stage.

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Christine Carlton, Australian Storyteller and Education Consultant travels throughout Australia and internationally. She offers workshops for teachers, children, adult storytellers, tertiary students, community groups, and organisations to enable them to tap into their creativity and give voice to their stories whether they be true, tall or traditional tales.

Learn some fun and exciting story games you can use to creatively explore the stories you tell. 

Expect songs, dance, movement and lots of energy as you bring stories to life like never before!

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Craig Jenkins is a dynamic and charismatic storyteller with over ten years experience of performing and running storytelling workshops across the world.

Ariyo Faridh Zidni is the Director of the Indonesia Storytelling Festival and the leader of Ayo Dongeng, a national storytelling  movement in Indonesia. He is also a storytelling coach, teacher, trainer and a lecturer who teaches classes on storytelling at the University of Indonesia and guest lectures at many universities.

 Story Swap (4.45pm - 5.45pm)  Story Swap (4.45pm - 5.45pm)  Story Swap (4.45pm - 5.45pm)
 If you wish to share a story, please make sure it lasts no longer than 8 MINUTES, to give others a chance to share too.  If you wish to share a story, please make sure it lasts no longer than 8 MINUTES, to give others a chance to share too.  If you wish to share a story, please make sure it lasts no longer than 8 MINUTES, to give others a chance to share too.

5.45pm -  6.15pm

Small Group Reflections on the Conference:  My takeaway jewel from today 

6.15pm    Announcing the Host City for the 2019 Storytellers' Conference


Optional Dinner & Cultural Excursions

Participants can choose one of the options below.   Transfer by MRT to your chosen location, eat at a hawker centre ($5 - $10 per person)                               followed by a 45-minute guided walk, led by a Singaporean storyteller.

Guided story-tour of Chinatown, including a 30-minute  Chinese Opera Experience in a Chinese Opera Centre in a traditional shophouse.
( SGD$2  per participant)  Led by storytellers  Wong Swee Yean & Karen Lee. 

Guided story-tour of Kampong Glam, the Malay heritage district, led by storytellers Juriah Atan & Jumaini Ariff. Guided story-tour along the banks of the  Singapore River  led by storyteller and professional tour guide Chuah Ai Lin.  

The Federation of Asian Storytellers Ltd is a non-profit company established in Singapore in June 2018.

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