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Story telling at shabliss

“Stories are a communal currency of humanity.” --Tahir Shah, in Arabian Nights


Storytelling lets us experience the world through other people’s eyes and provides us with opportunities to discover our own humanity and build greater connection with each other. Our lives are made of stories and we tell them all the time whether we realise it or not. It’s how we make sense of ourselves and the world around us and we use storytelling to develop our own identities as people. Stories can be a form of introspection or a method for the portrayal of dreams or learning valuable lessons for life.



Story Slam


For the first time, we are curating a live storytelling show on Friday night after the communal shabbat dinner at this year’s SHABLISS festival. The Story Slam — people will have 5 minutes to tell a story based on one of the following themes - nature, identity crisis, curiosity, unusual world or firsts. Stories must be true and yours to tell not somebody else’s. Stories must also be told not read. 

We are inviting expressions of interest from people that might like to participate in the show by telling a story of their own. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, please email us at and pitch us your story by sending a brief outline or description (no more than a paragraph).

Story Coaching

Dalit Kaplan teaches the art of storytelling to purpose-oriented individuals and organisations through her business Storywell. Dalit also explores the space where gender meets culture through her radio show and podcast The Gender Agenda.

Dalit has very generously offered an individual one-on-one phone coaching session for each person who would like to share a story at SHABLISS. Dalit will workshop your ideas with you and guide you through the construction of a clear narrative designed to create maximum impact. She will also offer tools to improve your public speaking with specific tips on how to present your story in front of a live audience.