Saturday 11 August 2018

The Orality Centre is pleased to announce our first day of workshops in Melbourne. Due to the high level of interest in our workshops from Melbourne residents we have booked a new venue at Avenue Neighbourhood House @ Eley.

87 Eley Rd, Blackburn South, Melways Ref – 61H5.

12noon – 3pm Memory Palace workshop with Paul Allen $70

800px-Hans_Vredeman_de_Vries_Nachfolge_Ideale_PalastarchitekturThe Memory Palace (also known as the method of loci or memory trails) consists of a sequence of locations in which information is stored by linking it to the physical properties of the location. Memory palaces are the single most effective memory system known, used by all indigenous cultures (such as Australian Aboriginal Songlines and Native American pilgrimage trails). They are best known from the orators of the ancient Greeks from Homer to Cicero. All contemporary memory champions use this method.

Using various temporary objects Paul Allen will demonstrate and explain the process of encoding memory into the physical space of a Memory Palace. He will demonstrate the method using the example of the countries of the world in population order. Once this basic method has been learnt participants will be able to create their own Memory Palaces around their homes, place of work or even in the school classroom. Participants need only their enthusiasm to learn and a vivid imagination to create the various associations between the information being memorised and the location within the Memory Palace itself.


How would you link this artwork to Thailand on your memory trail?

12noon – 3pm Memory Boards workshop with Alice Steel $75

3-reefe-lukasa-fig1Memory Boards are incredibly effective portable devices and found in various forms right across indigenous cultures, from the songboards and birchbark scrolls of Native Americans to the tjuringa of Australian Aboriginal elders. We will model our memory boards on the well-documented West African lukasa of the Luba people. In its simplest form, the lukasa consists of beads and shells attached to a piece of wood, just the right size to hold comfortably – which we will call a TOC-lukasa. A personal TOC-lukasa is a gorgeous object which is hugely practical as well.


Alice’s egg shaped memory board design.

Alice Steel will display the many variations of how Memory Boards may be configured, from the traditional TOC lukasa to Alice’s own egg shaped design. She will then guide participants in how to design, construct and encode information of their own choosing in their very own Memory Board. Please bring information for any topic with you. We will also have examples of suitable information on offer.




Participants from our last Memory Boards workshop

For further enquiries, bookings and enrollments please email us at with your name, contact details and the particular class or workshop you are interested in attending.

Alternatively you can call Paul Allen on 0404 127 038 or Alice Steel on 0401 441 292