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Story Room Aus

Come take the opportunity to come along and enjoy the energy and connection that Story Room offers. Join the 6 talented storytellers at the new look, Henry’s Rooftop, The Steyne Hotel

Stories make us human they help connect the dots, our history, our lives. Story Room is about connecting community through the power of story

Story Room Aus presents “Turning Points”

The Cambridge Dictionary definition of a Turning Point is  the time when a situation starts to change in an important way, usually a positive way.

Six different people from all walks of life come together to share stories on what connects them. Each story is true. There is no fabrication in this event. The theme for April is “Turning Points”

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THE STORYTELLERS

Jai Jaru

Jai Jaru

Oliver

Oliver Phommavanh

Jan Latta

Jan Latta

Gunter Swoboda

Gunter Swoboda

Isobel Kirk

Isobel Kirk

Jerome Lamarque

Jerome Lamarque

The Storytellers

Jai Jaru

Through her lived experience of homelessness and mental ill health, Jai has become a passionate advocate for these issues. Along the journey of life Jai has found gardening and photography to be holistically therapeutic and has been involved in many community groups as a participant and volunteer. This has ultimately led to greater leadership in two charities. Jai is a founding member and current Vice President of Street Growth, a NFP charity focusing on mental health issues aiming to improve the lives of individuals experiencing homelessness and disadvantage. Jai has also gone from participant to volunteer, in the charity Homeless In Focus, which connects people affected by homelessness to the wider community through an annual film photography competition.

Oliver Phommavanh

Oliver loves to make people laugh on the page as a children’s author and on the stage as a comedian. Oliver uses his experience as a primary school teacher to inspire kids to write funny stories. He has featured in Writers and Comedy festivals across Australia and Asia. Oliver’s books include Done Follow Vee, Natural Born Loser, The Other Christy and Thai-riffic! His latest book is Brain Freeze.

Jan Latta

Jan was trained in advertising, but after a turning point in her life she became a children’s author, wildlife photographer and publisher. She creates her True to Life books and videos in Borneo, India, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Costa Rica, China and Africa. Her passion in life is to help save the endangered animals in the world.

Gunter Swoboda

“Gunter is an international psychologist, speaker, author of Making Good Men Great: Surfing the New Wave of Masculinity, and the upcoming novel Mountains of the Sea by Winterwolf Press. He was the creator/producer of the award winning Masculinity That Inspires Change on Amazon Prime and most recently host of the globally syndicated podcast Inspire Change with Gunter.”

Isobel Kirk

From a lifetime as a performer, director, writer and producer for theatre, television and radio, Isobel has degrees and credits from NIDA, Premier theatre companies in Australia, Shakespeare & Co Massachusetts, and the National Theatre in London. As Professor of Theatre with the University of Pittsburgh, she is an International Master Voice teacher. Isobel still works as a professional actress, voice-over artist and c-suite coach. Isobel produced and directed The Sound of Music at St Patricks, making a large donation to Bear Cottage. She also swam the Hellespont between Europe and Asia, jumped out of a plane in preparation for stand-up comedy, and is an originator of the bold and beautiful swimmers. The pink cap is her greatest achievement.

Jerome Lamarque

Jerome helps Dads build their empires so they can be great providers and protectors for their families while maintaining their mental and physical fitness

Your Host and Founder of Story Room: Karen Sander

Karen Sander is an accomplished author, producer and storyteller. She has written for publications such as Life Begins At magazine and published her first book Ageing Fearlessly for Women in 2015.

She is a regular interviewer on community TV program Joy’s World, started her own community TV program Ageing Fearlessly and has her own podcast Ageing Fearlessly, recorded at Northern Beaches Radio. Karen has been a regular guest on commercial radio, including 3AW, 2UE, 2GB and Capital Radio.

Community is central to the Story Room ethos and Karen is passionate about creating spaces for communities to come together.

 

Date: Tuesday 6th April, 2021

Venue: Hotel Steyne, 75 The Corso, Manly, NSW 2095

Doors open: 6.15pm

Story Telling: 7-9pm

Cost: $33

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ABOUT THE NIGHT

Story Room is an event presented on the first Tuesday of every month at the new look, Henry’s Rooftop in Manly. The event creates a community where sharing real stories brings us together and helps us to feel connected. Enjoy drama, fun, laughter and have a chance to be a part of something different here on the Northern Beaches 

 

PAST EVENTS

“A Pinch Yourself Moment”

THE STORYTELLERS

Kelly Van Nelson

Kelly Van Nelson

Fraser Gordon

Fraser Gordon

Robyn Reynolds

Robyn Reynolds

Randall Waller

Randall Waller

Christine Greenough

Christine Greenough

Sam Makhoul

Sam Makhoul

The Storytellers

Kelly Van Nelson

Kelly Van Nelson is the #1 bestselling author of Graffiti Lane, Punch and Judy and Rolling in the Mud, represented by The Newman Agency. Her contemporary poetry has featured in numerous international publications. She is a prominent media star, frequently discussing social issues including antibullying, domestic violence prevention, and mental health awareness. Her books have been gifted to A-List celebrities including Academy Award winners and nominees such as Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Brad Pitt, and Lady Gaga. She is a KSP First Edition Fellowship recipient, winner of the AusMumpreneur ‘Big Idea Changing the World’ Award, Roar Success Best Book and Most Powerful Influencer Awards, CEO Magazine Managing Director of the Year Finalist and Telstra NSW Businesswoman of the Year finalist. Kelly is also a spoken word performance artist, the mum of two teenagers and the Managing Director of a Fortune 500. In short, she is a juggler.

 

Fraser Gordon

Fraser was born in England to a Scottish father who was born in Australia and an American mother who was born in China, Fraser says it’s not only not surprising he’s a little odd, but he also feels he got the short straw in the birthplace department. He moved to Australia in 2014 because England was too wet and cold, but spent the last 7 years complaining about how hot and dry it is here. He met his now wife, Victoria, here in 2015, and despite having been married twice previously he tells Victoria often that she is definitely one of his favourites. He has competed in a number of ultra endurance events, the completion of which he attributes to being incredibly stubborn and pig headed. It is about one of those events that he will be sharing his story this evening.

 

Robyn Reynolds

Robyn Reynolds (UK) is an award-nominated comedian and writer. Handpicked for the Emerging Artist Hub at Sydney Fringe Festival, her sold-out debut was then shortlisted for Best Comedy. Recently, she’s been busy as the Artist in Residence at the Old 505 Theatre with her writing partner Madeleine Stewart. Despite all this, she remains gorgeously humble.

 

Ranall Waller

Randall is an acclaimed musician who plays guitar, sings, writes music and produces records. He has spent most of his career living overseas touring with artists including Shania Twain, Keith Urban, SHeDaisy – and doing shows with Elton John and the Backstreet Boys. He’s played at the Grammies, the American Music Awards, the Billboard Music Awards, the Country Music Awards not to mention the SUPERBOWL, as well as several appearances on Letterman, Leno and other award shows with live-to-air TV specials too numerous to mention – from Madison Square Garden to Wembley. He has now returned home to enjoy life as a northern beaches boy with his beautiful wife and three children

 

Christine Greenough

Christine, Apart from being an Actor/Director/Producer. Christine has had over 20 years’ experience as a skilled Stand-Up Storyteller. She has told her sometimes funny, sometimes serious, but always entertaining stories at gigs including Generation Women at Giant Dwarf Theatre, Tales Told Live at pubs around Sydney and at International Conferences. Christine, along with Sue Alvarez, co-founded the storytelling company “The Talespinners” in 1997 touring throughout Australia, Asia, UK and USA telling stories to all ages. Christine is a great believer that stories are a useful tool to inform, entertain and trigger memories in us all.

 

Sam Makhoul

Sam is the founder of the Higher Branch Success Academy. He is also the author of the books A Higher Branch and Guide to Greatness. Sam holds a Master of Law degree and is the Founder and Manager of MSA National, a law firm specialising in banking and finance law. As a lawyer and business strategist Sam is credited with designing some of the most effective business strategies during volatile economic conditions and an ever-changing digital landscape.

Sam is a teacher at heart who is extremely passionate about empowering people to become their own life architect and to help them find clarity in a world filled with too much information Sam’s core values are empathy and humility. Sam has the natural ability to explain complex life issues through magical and memorable stories.

Your Host and Founder of Story Room: Karen Sander

Karen Sander is an accomplished author, producer and storyteller. She has written for publications such as Life Begins At magazine and published her first book Ageing Fearlessly for Women in 2015.

She is a regular interviewer on community TV program Joy’s World, started her own community TV program Ageing Fearlessly and has her own podcast Ageing Fearlessly, recorded at Northern Beaches Radio. Karen has been a regular guest on commercial radio, including 3AW, 2UE, 2GB and Capital Radio.

Community is central to the Story Room ethos and Karen is passionate about creating spaces for communities to come together.

 

Date: Tuesday 2nd March, 2021

Venue: Hotel Steyne, 75 The Corso, Manly, NSW 2095

Doors open: 6.15pm

Story Telling: 7-9pm

Cost: $33

Book Now

ABOUT THE NIGHT

Story Room is an event presented on the first Tuesday of every month at the new look, Henry’s Rooftop in Manly. The event creates a community where sharing real stories brings us together and helps us to feel connected. Enjoy drama, fun, laughter and have a chance to be a part of something different here on the Northern Beaches 

 

“When Life Gives you Lemons”

THE STORYTELLERS

Catherine DeVrye

Geoff Williams – The Jped

Jim “Bull” Bullard

Michael Allwright

Nim Ghoklar

Simla Sooboodoo

The Storytellers

Catherine De Vrye

Catherine DeVrye is best-selling author of 9 books translated into a dozen languages. The former Australian Executive Woman of the Year and twice voted Keynote Speaker of the Year understands resilience from both a professional and personal perspective, from starting life in a Canadian orphanage to arriving in Australia with $200. With speaking engagements in over 30 countries and visits to over 135, the former IBM executive values the diversity of our world as we all share similar challenges and hopes

Jim “Bull” Bullard

Jim ‘Bull” Bullard is a 55yr old FFG (former fat guy) who, following a car accident, lost the kilogram weight of a whole person in 6 months while teaching himself to run in 2012. Jim now runs almost exclusively barefoot, is a lover of endurance events and a Death Racer. Jim likes to live outside the envelope, do things he is not confident of completing, things that scare him. He believes that only through failure, hardship and being uncomfortable do we grow.

He has a passion for helping to pave the way for Australians competing in overseas endurance events. Jim revels in the idea that people of all ages, shapes and walks of life CAN get out of their comfort zone, to better themselves and those around them. His motto is Molon Lave (Come and Take them- Greek origin). His signature is No Retreat, No Surrender, No Prisoners.

Nim Gholkar

Nim Gholkar is an author, international speaker and life coach based in Sydney, Australia. Hers is a quintessential migrant achievement story. Working her way up through different corporate roles while raising a family, Nim’s successful navigation of challenges became the cornerstone of her popular empowerment programmes.

Through her businesses ‘Nims Media’ and ‘Nims Academy Australia’, Nim continues to inspire global audiences and helps young and old alike, to become a little wiser and a little happier in their personal and professional lives. Nim is the author of 4 popular books: ‘Diary of an Immigrant Bride’, ‘Unlock The Real You’, ‘A Little Wiser, A Little Happier’ and ‘Success Café’.

Michael Allwright

Michael Allwright is a data scientist with a mathematical background. After some personal transformational experiences, Michael moved his work to neuroscience and data.

In 2015 Michael started ‘Homeless In Focus”, a charity empowering people affected by homelessness through photography and entrepreneurship. So far over 600 cameras have been handed to people affected by homelessness and to indigenous children.

Geoff Williams

Geoff Williams is a man with many strings to his bow. A man with a passion for everything life has to offer.

Nothing holds him back. He is a retired School Principal, having served around NSW, including Neutral Bay Public and Boorowa Central School for 40 years. He served as president of the Neutral Bay Rotary Club, is a well-respected singer/songwriter and an active member and radio host at Radio Northern Beaches. His programs High Noon and All That Jazz are popular weekly shows.

Geoff’s lifelong love of music has given so much joy to others. Geoff writes and performs country music songs on a range of themes and enjoys adding a touch of humour whenever possible. Geoff has performed at venues all over Australia including the Tamworth Country Music Festival

Simla Sooboodoo

Simla Sooboodoo is a Serial Social Entrepreneur, a Jill of all trades!Hailing from the small Island of Mauritius and suffering her own share of hardships as a child, it was the chance to immigrate to Australia that allowed her to spread her wings and grow. In 2007 Simla was found in a coma and was diagnosed with a Brain Aneurysm. With only a 10% chance of survival, let alone regaining her memory, it was a miracle she made it through.Following this life-changing journey, her appreciation and focus on life changed. “I had been given a second chance, and I knew I had to find a way to give others that second chance too…”

She founded a tour company specialising in social impact and cultural immersion tours. Alongside her work within the tourism industry, Simla is also a passionate and prominent keynote speaker, spreading the message of empowerment and inspiration to sessions around the globe. In recent years, Sooboodoo has produced the award-winning documentary, Dehlight, highlighting the empowerment concept in film, and most recently founded SLAK flowers in Sydney.But more than any fancy title, she is a true advocate for empowerment – and a true believer in positive change at a grassroots level. To say Simla is relentless in her goals is an understatement, and much of this comes from her own story. Speaking from the heart, Simla infects audiences with her positive attitude and belief that there is no reason to complain, squeeze the lemon in your eyes for a clearer vision!  

Your Host and Founder of Story Room: Karen Sander

Karen Sander is an accomplished author, producer and storyteller. She has written for publications such as Life Begins At magazine and published her first book Ageing Fearlessly for Women in 2015.

She is a regular interviewer on community TV program Joy’s World, started her own community TV program Ageing Fearlessly and has her own podcast Ageing Fearlessly, recorded at Northern Beaches Radio. Karen has been a regular guest on commercial radio, including 3AW, 2UE, 2GB and Capital Radio.

Community is central to the Story Room ethos and Karen is passionate about creating spaces for communities to come together. 

 

Date: Tuesday 2nd February, 2021

Venue: Hotel Steyne, 75 The Corso, Manly, NSW 2095

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