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About Us

Why we exist

The Story Café was started in response to the 2020 Coronavirus lockdowns and its main purpose is to give storytellers a space to gather, forge stronger connections across international and physical boundaries, share ideas and experiences, and of course, share stories.

Why?

Oral storytellers do fabulous work. They entertain and engage. They challenge beliefs and bring worlds to life. They bring wit and wisdom and wonder into everyday life. BUT… they’re often a bit rubbish at the business side of their practice! So we thought we’d create something to help them become just as good at business as they are at storytelling!

Behind The Story Café

The Story Café is the brainchild of Suzanne Whitby, a facilitator, multiplier, and performance storyteller who hails from South Africa and currently tells stories in and from her base in beautiful Innsbruck, Austria.

You can learn more about her storytelling at her storyteller alter-ego, Ziyadliwa, or over at her personal website.

Our Mission

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The Coronavirus pandemic has affected people across the globe in many different ways. There is no denying that for millions of people, the effects of the virus on their lives have been terrible.  For some people, however, the enforced lockdowns and the move to interacting online have provided unparalleled opportunities to reach out, gather, and connect.

Good news, bad news, who can say?

​The storytellers amongst you will be familiar with the Chinese or Zen folktale of the farmer who has a series of changes of fortune: he acquires a new horse. The horse runs away. The horse returns after a few weeks accompanied by a mate. The son tries to ride the new horse, and breaks his leg. The country sinks into war, and when soldiers come to recruit the young men of the village to fight in the war, the son is the only young man not taken. At each twist and turn of the story, the farmer is set upon by his neighbours, who judge each event as good or bad. And each time, the farmer responds, “Good news, bad news, who can say.”

We hope that The Story Café will prove to be good news.