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Neil Murray Stage August 04, Jack Meets the Cat, photo by Rick West
Scene from a popular Newfoundland story,
Jack Meets the Cat

The St. John's Folk Arts Council is proud to present the first St. John's Storytelling Festival - a three day celebration of the art and tradition of storytelling. Storytellers from around the city, across the Island and the Mainland come together to share stories for listeners of all ages. Spend an evening enjoying tales from Placentia Bay told by Anita Best, Alice Lannon and Agnes Walsh, or revel in the delightful mix of tales that come from Andy Jones, Elinor Benjamin, Mary Fearon and Karen Gummo. Enjoy new stories and cherish old favourites listening to Dale Jarvis (of Haunted Hike and Crypt fame ), Louise Moyes, or renowned Trinidadian-Canadian storyteller Rita Cox. Join with us on November 4th, 5th and 6th, and see why storytelling is one of our most entertaining and enduring forms of expression.


DATE and TIME        LOCATION
Nov 4th, 8 p.m.         Masonic Temple
Nov 5th, 8 p.m.         Anna Templeton Center
Nov 6th, 8 p.m.         Anna Templeton Center
____________________________________ all venues are wheelchair accessible
STORYTELLERS and HOSTS (bios here)
An Evening of Stories from Placentia Bay with Anita Best, Alice Lannon, Agnes Walsh < Ford Elms (host)

A Telling Mix with Elinor Benjamin, Mary Fearon, Karen Gummo, Andy Jones < Dale Jarvis (host)

The Spirit of Story with Rita Cox, Dale Jarvis, Louise Moyes < Jean Hewson (host)


Other storytelling events around the city in November include:

Performances by storyteller Karen Gummo as part of Canadian Children's Book Week at A.C. Hunter Children's Library, Arts and Culture Centre on Friday November 5th, at 3:30 p.m. It is sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts, TD Canadian Children's Book Week, and the St. John's Library Board. It is aimed at school-aged children (grades K-6) but all are welcome; the event is free of charge.

A one-day storytelling workshop for museum and historic sites workers hosted by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador on Saturday November 6th.

On Saturday, November 6th at 2 pm there will be an hour of storytelling at Granny Bates Children's Books featuring Rita Cox and Elinor Benjamin. Admission is free, but seating is limited. A meeting of the St. John's Storytelling Circle November 11th at the Crow's Nest.


Thanks to our Generous Sponsors!

City of St. John's VOCM


Government of NL


Canada Council


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