Alyssa Curtayne

Alyssa Curtayne

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Brilliant pitch feast organised by SCBWI Tasmania coordinator author Anne Morgan and picture book creator Christina Booth Books with technical expertise from author illustrator Fiona Levings. Susanne Gervay Author welcomed everyone to the SCBWI community. Publisher, author, academic Mark Macleod and Christina Booth gave invaluable insights into pitching to publishers.

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I am passionate about stories and the ability of our individual and collective narratives to build o I am an emerging traditional oral storyteller of folk and fairy tale (and sometimes myth).

Fairytale tales - ABC Radio National 20/09/2022

Fairytale tales - ABC Radio National

I nearly choked on my breakfast this morning when I heard my name on national radio!! Twice!

Fairytale tales - ABC Radio National The annual Australian Fairy Tale Society conference is coming up in Brisbane, on 1 & 2 October. The origins, meanings and potential for re-interpretation - and rewriting - of fairytales will be discussed.

Leprechaun's Gold 19/09/2022

Leprechaun's Gold

I was notified today someone bought my picture book for Kindle today, have to admit, I did a little happy dance.

Leprechaun's Gold Follow Abbie and Jess as they take a fun-filled summer holiday adventure with their little friend George. George shows the girls that by following their joy and trusting their intuition, dreams can come true.

Photos from Alyssa Curtayne's post 19/08/2022

Last night I did something terrifying. I got on a stage, with bright lights and a microphone and told a story to a kind audience who clapped when I finished.
Meanwhile I was berating myself for my mistakes and not doing a perfect rendition of one of my favourite stories.
Today, I am reminded to speak kindly to myself. Always.
Thanks Clancy's Fish Pub Fremantle for the opportunity.

16/08/2022

Super stoked to be going to in October for the conference

16/08/2022

This is just a little bit exciting!!

An AFTS original web series is coming! 'Salonline', set in 17th century France, explores the (fictionalised) lives of three Salonnieres: Mme Marie-Catherine, Baroness D'Aulnoy; Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de la Force, and Henriette Julie de Murat.
When 'Salonline' goes live on the AFTS YouTube channel, expect behind the scenes gossip, and fairy tale performances (acted by Alyssa, Eliane and Jo). For all the goss on how this project is being researched and produced, join us live in Brisbane! https://australianfairytalesociety.org/2022-brisbane-conference/

Photos from Alyssa Curtayne's post 02/07/2022

Today I told a story. Some of these are funny! 🤣🤣

Timeline photos 30/06/2022

Looking forward to this next month 😊

Alyssa Curtayne updated their phone number. 18/06/2022

Alyssa Curtayne updated their phone number.

Alyssa Curtayne updated their phone number.

Meet Jo Henwood, Au Fairy Tale Society co-founder 15/06/2022

Meet Jo Henwood, Au Fairy Tale Society co-founder

I have been working on a project with the Australian Fairy Tale Society for the past year, and in this video Jo talks a bit about it (at 22 mins) https://youtu.be/UmqgOgwz41M

If you are interested in Fairy Tales - as an artist, writer or just because, I highly recommend joining. 😍

Meet Jo Henwood, Au Fairy Tale Society co-founder Jo Henwood leads tours around many Sydney heritage sites as a museum theatre creative, as an accredited Storyteller (with Australian Storytellers), and as an...

10/06/2022

Sometimes I get so excited and simultaneously overwhelmed by the possibilities for life. There are so many choices and wonderful experiences in this human dimension that we are rich beyond imagination with the possibilities.
At any point we could choose a path which will lead us to a place we've never been...this is what creates our lives - our choices - and we are fortunate to have that.
But for me, it's my heart which leads the way.

09/05/2022

Bedtime reading. Some beautiful stories in here.

22/03/2022

So my story process goes a little bit like this:
Find a story.
Find other versions of it.
Do some research.
Record it on audio.
Learn.
Talk into my phone telling myself the story until I'm comfortable with the basic plot points.
Add body language.
This is my first time doing this little treasure on the phone! 🤣🤣
A bit rough but hopefully you can see the finished product later this year. ❤️

Alyssa Curtayne updated their info in the about section. 19/03/2022

Alyssa Curtayne updated their info in the about section.

Alyssa Curtayne updated their info in the about section.

Timeline photos 19/03/2022

I've enrolled in this four month workshop series and I've just returned from the first session feeling inspired and excited about the amazing people I've met and the stories l can explore and hear from others.

05/03/2022

Over the years, this page has been many things: a blog, a place to put inspiration, writing projects, my creative ideas with the Chakra Cards and Mental Health Toolkit. It has been a place for external wondering about life, my life and the meaning of existence and how to help the world.

But now it is my page for storytelling.

I love folk and fairy tales (and some myths) and in the process of seeking (and finding) my passion, it has taken me (and you, my followers) many places.

I have met some amazing people who, like me, nerd out on this stuff. And hope you can stay with me as I explore my direction and dream.

The path is clear.

09/02/2022

Was good to be on the stage again last night at Words Wide Night - the 'off-the-fringe' edition
I told my Death story and met some interesting people 🙂.
Good to have a monthly goal to prepare a story for.

24/01/2022

On oral storytellers:

"Someone needs to tell those tales...There's magic in that, in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift...you can shape it (the future)."

Erin Morgenstern is absolutely amazing. Her understanding of the power of the storyteller is captured in this quote above from I cannot fault this book. Highly recommend.

Jo Henwood Storytelling Tasmania Storytelling Australia (Community Page)

Photos – Parliament Lawns children’s sessions and Indi Writers – Hobart Writers Festival 22/12/2021

Photos – Parliament Lawns children’s sessions and Indi Writers – Hobart Writers Festival

Well, the official pics of my performances are available online. I have some absolutely stunning ones I can't share because of the privacy of the families who were there. Thank you for them.

Photos – Parliament Lawns children’s sessions and Indi Writers – Hobart Writers Festival

13/12/2021

In exciting news for my storytelling career: I just received a grant for equipment for a secret project I'm working on! Eek! So thrilled.

Photos from Alyssa Curtayne's post 20/11/2021

The massive growth I've been having this week is about embodying love and becoming aware of my childhood triggers which are not grounded in love.
So, I wrote a series of to capture the feeling that I've been experiencing.

14/11/2021

It feels like many of my friends and I are going through some deep heart healing at the moment. If this is you, I'd love to hear from you too, because I've gotta say, it's bloody hard inner work.

It feels like our deep childhood wounds are being opened up for healing once and for all. I wrote a in trying to explain it and I think it's about learning to navigate life in the world now, knowing that wound is there, but learning to integrate it into the self.

I like to think that just like that Japanese concept of kingutsi (https://www.invaluable.com/blog/kintsugi/) where pottery is repaired with gold to be whole again, we can be too.

I hope to think that our wounds and scars just make us more beautiful, whole and our lives enriched by their existence. I hope you find your gold to repair and integrate the broken parts of your gentle heart into a stronger one.

~Alyssa

Rising Spirit; Where Great Ideas Grow is creating beautiful products which allow us to be the best we can be. 12/11/2021

Rising Spirit; Where Great Ideas Grow is creating beautiful products which allow us to be the best we can be.

Taking the leap from a known profession into a life as a yoga-teaching storyteller is a little scary.

If you would like to support me in my dreams of bringing oral literacy, imagination and wonder to little kids (and big kids) of the world, you can support me below for the cost of a coffee. Every little bit counts.

https://www.buymeacoffee.com/risingspirit

Rising Spirit; Where Great Ideas Grow is creating beautiful products which allow us to be the best we can be. Although, we don't drink coffee, we know many of you do. For just the cost of a drink, you can support our little business. We offer services for wellness, inner...

What really matters at the end of life | BJ Miller 28/10/2021

What really matters at the end of life | BJ Miller

My death story is my favourite to tell, because I think we need to talk about it more. But this man's personal death story and inspiration is wonderful.

https://youtu.be/apbSsILLh28

What really matters at the end of life | BJ Miller Visit http://TED.com to get our entire library of TED Talks, transcripts, translations, personalized talk recommendations and more.At the end of our lives, w...

Breakfast 14/10/2021

Breakfast

In-case you missed it, I was interviewed on ABC Hobart last week for the . The interview is just over 1/3 of the way in.
https://www.abc.net.au/radio/hobart/programs/breakfast/breakfast/13571938

Breakfast Start your day with humour, intellect and a sense of adventure

Photos from Alyssa Curtayne's post 13/10/2021

Twelve months ago, I was in so much emotional pain that I no longer wanted to live.

The first photo was taken at the time. I couldn't see a way out. I was deep in existential crisis and depression. Every day was a struggle just to put on some sort of face to go to work. I barely got out of my pjs some days.

But work was my trigger for depression. My job did not light me up anymore...perhaps it never did, it was only a means to an ends. I felt dead inside and time took forever. From the moment I DECIDED to take a new path, I felt lighter, I felt happy, I felt free.

The second photo was taken at the weekend after my first ever performances of Fairy Tale Yoga - a combination of storytelling my favourite stories with the body awareness of yoga. I felt so alive, so seen, so purposeful in those moments.

My life now is so much more flexible and free and I am following my heart's desire into a life of MY CHOOSING - not what is socially accepted and what I think others expect of me.

My life is MY choice. I get to choose my own adventure and I no longer care what anyone thinks of my life choices. And in-fact, depression, while it will always be something I need to monitor, seems like a distant memory.

For those who are struggling in the darkness right now, there are better days ahead, when you decide that you deserve the best f*ing life, just around the corner.

Unleash the Writer Within 03/10/2021

Unleash the Writer Within

When I was nine, I wrote this amazing story - I had adapted a television progamme and inserted my entire family as the characters, making my uncle the bad guy. I thought it was the best story I had ever written. My teacher said, and I quote: 'it's terrible.'

Later, at Sunday school I wrote a poem about Jesus, another girl said: 'Jesus wouldn't like that.'

I carried those scars throughout my childhood, secretly keeping a journal about my deepest thoughts and feelings until one day at uni a friend asked me to write a poem for her assignment.

I sent that poem off and it got published. Later, I kept a journal, dabbled in poetry and played with stories. I became a journalist. I won a $500 Letter to the Editor prize in the Weekend Australian. I self-published a picture book in 2009. I kept a blog. I published on online journals. I built my confidence in writing by stealth and trial and error.

Since then, I've done an abundance of undergraduate and post-graduate creative writing courses and a couple with the Australian Writer's Centre, I chose creative writing for professional development opportunities and I made a commitment to make stories my life's work.

Like myself, many people have negative experiences of writing, but the skills of writing are entirely teachable! I'm not saying you'll be the next Margaret Atwood, or Tolkein, but my strengths as a teacher is in building confidence.

If you've ever thought about putting pen to paper, sign up today or share with someone who you think might benefit.

Unleash the Writer Within Do you love expressing yourself in writing but are not sure where to start? Tap into your inner writer and bring your stories to life.

Free Children’s Events – Hobart Writers Festival 01/10/2021

Free Children’s Events – Hobart Writers Festival

In VERY exciting news for me and my storytelling dream, I am performing in Hobart at the Writer's Festival next weekend.

They are FREE children's performances!

I'm also creating some fun StoryYoga sequences as well! Buzzing with excitement (and nerves!)

https://hobartwritersfestival.org/free-childrens-events/

Free Children’s Events – Hobart Writers Festival Free Children’s Events September 7, 2021 TasWriters Image: Fiona Levings Two full days of free children’s events will take place throughout the Festival. The schedule is below. Where? Parliament Gardens – the lawns in front of Parliament House, near Salamanca Place. Look for our children’s e...

Unleash the Writer Within 22/09/2021

Unleash the Writer Within

For the first time in two years, I'm running a creative writing workshop in November in Launceston. All levels welcome.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unleash-the-writer-within-tickets-176841456557

Unleash the Writer Within Do you love expressing yourself in writing but are not sure where to start? Tap into your inner writer and bring your stories to life.

13/09/2021

Hold your shape.

That's the advice from Clarissa Pinkola Estes, the wonderful writer and mythologist. I'm listening to one of her audiobooks and this concept keeps resonating in my head.

Hold your shape.

I've been reflecting on what it means and how it relates to me in my life. And you know what? It's about boundaries.

When we twist and turn to bend to another person, situation or culture, we lose our shape - we lose our essential self. And I've been twisting and turning myself my whole life. I've been trying to be what other people (and society) want me to be.

In that process, I've lost my essential self and I've spent the bulk of my adult life trying to get back into the shape of the divine being that I am.

But this is about boundaries - but even more so - holding my shape - holding those boundaries firm. That is, being unashamedly me and embracing my weird, no matter how uncomfortable that makes other people.

So, my life lesson to you is: hold your shape.

Trust your boundaries and learn to say 'no' when you know something is not okay for you. When something doesn't light us up, it's not the path - or in the words of Mark Manson - If it's not a f*ck yes, then it's a no.

And on the flip side, respecting other people's shapes and boundaries and loving and accepting them just as they are.

Imagine the world we could have.

Hold your shape.

09/09/2021

Life lesson #199:
Just because I can do something, doesn't mean I should do it.

05/09/2021

Seeking comments for an essay I'm writing on belonging and the idea of home.

Anyone who has migrated to another country, or feeling torn between two homes and feel they experience of belonging in both, but also belonging in neither? Or just the idea of belonging in general.

Please comment below or PM, it would really help me with my essay! ;)

01/09/2021

I am constantly fascinated by how we are choosing to live our lives in these tiny little devices. When we were little, I'm sure we weren't all thinking "When I grow up, I want to be attached to a device."

But here we are, tethered to a device which effectively controls our thoughts, feelings and how we live our lives.

Delete the app.

But no. I hear you say. I can't delete the app. I have my business/friends/family/games on there. I'm not suggesting to delete yourself from the site - yet - but I am saying, your sense of happiness and wellness and wholeness will improve when your mind is not constantly engaged externally.

Delete the app.

Our devices are part of our lives now - banking, taxation, health, and our social lives - but think about it, at the end of your life, do you see yourself saying - "I'm so pleased I spent so much time on Facebook/Instagram/TikTok/whatever?"

Delete the app.

Since deleting the Facebook app off my phone, I have been happier, more content and physically and emotionally freed from the outside world. I have connected back to myself. I have connected back to my needs. My wants. My happiness. My wish is that everyone on Earth could have this feeling of sovereignty in self.

Delete the app.

When we externalise our lives as we have on social media, our energy is literally external to us. We base our self-worth on what's happening external to us - likes, shares, comments - as if our self-worth should be in the hands of others. My children do not know a world without it. They do not know what it is to be within themselves, attached to their needs/wants, to be aware of their own sovereignty.

Delete the app.

Of course, as a free thinking person, you do what you like. My experience with deleting the app has FREED MY MIND so much and I just wish that for everyone. I no longer feel like a slave to my device. I feel purposeful. I feel happy. I feel free in my mind to choose the content that I wish to engage with.

Delete the app.
You'll be glad you did.

Come and flow with me

This page started as a place to put affirmations and blogs that helped me to make sense of the world and my place in it. But like myself, it is evolving into something more brilliant. I hope you can join me on this journey. English teacher, mother, writer, lover, activist, former journalist, aspiring author.

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