Roving Storyteller

Target audience: all ages

Read, think, discuss, grow. These words have propelled a life journey that has planted thousands of seeds  – powerful words, questions, and ideas that have helped grow ever more readers, thinkers, and learners around the world.

Denise Ahlquist, Vice President for Professional Learning at the Great Books Foundation in Chicago,  loves to engage people in discussions about the great ideas and texts that shape our world.

As a master lifelong learner and ‘teacher of teachers’, she is passionately committed to helping people of all ages and backgrounds learn to think more critically, read with greater comprehension, communicate more effectively, and engage in civil discourse.

Denise, our storyteller, will be at Birrarung Marr on both Saturday 6 May and Sunday 7 May. The free, drop-in sessions are sure to be popular.

Here’s the program:

Saturday 6 May 10am

Screen of Frogs by Sheila Hamanaka

This is a short Japanese fable especially suitable for Year One to adult. The themes are of stewardship of the environment, family legacy and the value of hard work.

Saturday 6 May 11.30am

Fox and Stork by Aesop

This short fable is suitable for Year One to adult. The themes are justice, how to respond to someone who has harmed you and the ‘golden rule’.

Saturday 6 May 1.30pm

Boy Flying by Leslie Norris.

This short poem is suitable for Year One to adult. The themes are flying, imagination and creativity.

Saturday 6 May 3pm

The Two Brothers by Leo Tolstoy.

This short fable is suitable for Year Four to adult. The themes are choices, risks and rewards, memories, journeys and families.

Sunday 7 May 10am

The Tin Forest by Helen Ward.

This story is suitable for Year One to adult. The themes are dreaming, creativity, recycling and caring for the environment.

Sunday 7 May 11.30am

The Bed Book by Sylvia Plath

This poem is suitable for Year One to adult. The themes are creativity and imagination.

Sunday 7 May 1.30pm

A Song of Greatness (traditional Chippewa).

This very short poem is suitable for Year One to adult. The themes are identity, dreams, future, traditions, what do I want to be?

Sunday 7 May 3pm

Moth and Star by James Thurber

This short fable is suitable for Year Six to adult. The themes are choices, risks and rewards, family traditions and individual dreams.