2015 Festival Photo by Graham Blair

2016 Festival

The 2016 St. John’s Storytelling Festival is set for October 11-16 and we can’t wait to share some stories with you!

Bios of Storytellers, hosts and musicians are posted here.

Please note that entry fees for our events are cash only. Thanks!



FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11TH

{5:00 – 7:00 PM} FESTIVAL LAUNCH & BOOK LAUNCH with Running the Goat, Books & Broadsides       
Location: The Rocket Room, Rocket Bakery, 272 Water Street
Admission:
Free!
Celebrate the beginning of the festival and the launch of two new books with stories from Andy Jones and Dave Paddon, and music by Sandy Morris and Craig Young! Delicious treats provided by Rocket Bakery.

{7:30 PM} STORY CIRCLE Hosted by Harry Ingram
Location: The Crow’s Nest Officer’s Club
Admission: $3
Join host Harry Ingram and an incredible roster of featured tellers: Karen Carroll, Ivan Coyote, and Stella Mair Evans. Have a story to throw into the mix? We’d love to hear it!


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12TH

{7:00 PM} NOT YOUR GRANDMOTHER’S KITCHEN TABLE STORIES
An evening of adventure with Ivan Coyote
Location: The Rocket Room, Rocket Bakery, 272 Water Street
Admission: $10
Ivan Coyote grapples with complex issues, personal and broad, expressed with a quick wit, generous heart, and the nuance of a gifted raconteur. Join Ivan for these salty and adventurous tales of identity, exploration, and connection.

{9:00 PM} AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT…Folk Night at The Ship, Hosted by Dale Jarvis
Location: The Ship Pub
Admission: $5
The mysterious, the coincidental, and the downright spooky! Join host Dale Jarvis alongside Elinor Benjamin, Kathy Jessup, Sharon King-Campbell and Eleanor Dawson for stories of luck and superstition in celebration of our 13th anniversary.   Bring a tale or recitation to share during the open mic session.

 
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13TH

{7:00 – 9:00 PM} CREATING ORIGINAL STORIES FOR TELLING
A Storytelling Workshop with Kathy Jessup   
Location: Cannon Wood Hall, St. Thomas Church
Admission: $25
This practical workshop is for those wanting to create their own stories for telling. No matter what type of story you have in mind – true or pretend, historical, fantasy, or adventure – we’ll cover the basics. Participants will come away with the start of a story they can work with.
Pre-registration is required, contact us at storytellingstjohns@gmail.com to sign up!

{9:00 PM} STORIES ON THE SPOT – Improv Stories with Alex Mason
Location: Peter Easton Pub, 29 Cookstown Road
Admission: $5.00
Feel like living on the story edge? Join host Alex Mason and jump into this evening of storytelling games and skits with local improvisers. As a participant or an observer, find out how stories can form themselves mid-sentence.

 
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14TH

{3:30 – 4:30 PM}  STORIES FOR KIDS with Elinor Benjamin
Location: AC Hunter Library
Admission: Free
Join visiting teller Elinor Benjamin for an hour of tales that are sure to delight the young and young at heart!
A fun event for kids ages 5 and up.

 {4:30 – 6:00 PM} LET’S MAKE A STORY! A Young Tellers Workshop with Kathy Jessup
Location: MMaP Gallery, Arts & Culture Centre
Admission: $10 per child
Kids, ages 8 yrs and up, begin by drawing out scenes from a story and adding words from there. In small groups they will practice their bare-bones stories, with advice on embellishments from Kathy Jessup. Kids will leave with a tale to tell and pictures that can be quickly assembled into a storybook!
Pre-registration is required, contact us at storytellingstjohns@gmail.com to sign up!

{8:00 PM} HOMESPUN – Tales and recitations woven in rural Newfoundland
Location: Gower Street United Church Lecture Hall
Admission: $10
Join us for what is sure to be a festival highlight – an evening of NL tales and recitations homespun by rural tellers Gary Collins, Hubert Furey, Tony Power, Lizzie Croft and Frank Mooney, hosted by Chris Brookes. 


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15TH

{10:00 AM – 12:00 PM} TALKING THE TALK – A Storytelling Workshop with Ivan Coyote
Location: Gower Street United Church Lecture Hall
Admission: $25
Join Ivan in this workshop designed to help you transform your nervous energy into a memorable reading or story. Workshop will include tips on selecting material, preparing your self and your work for performance, memorization (or not), and how to make your body language work for you. Bring a pen, paper, questions, and a 3 minute selection of your work to be staged. There will be a short performance and feedback session, time permitting.
Pre-registration is required, contact us at storytellingstjohns@gmail.com to sign up!

 {2:00 – 3:30 PM } STORY WALK 
Location: MUN Botanical Garden.
Stories are free with admission to the Botanical Garden.
Discover trails and tales of enchantment in forests, gardens, ponds and fairy lands. Host Catherine Wright and featured tellers Elizabeth Hicks, Elinor Benjamin and Charis Cotter will take you on a tour of the imagination during this story walk inspired by nature.
In the event of rain stories will take place inside the MUN Botanical Garden building.

{8:00 PM} TALES FROM NEAR & AFAR
Location: The Rocket Room, Rocket Bakery, 272 Water Street
Admission: $10
Experience a wide array of stories and storytelling styles with seasoned tellers from home and away. Join host Christine Hennebury and tellers Ivan Coyote, Kathy Jessup, Dave Penny and Frank Holden as they take you on journeys you won't want to miss!

 
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16TH

{1:30 – 2:30 PM} YOUNG VOICES: Kids with Tales to Tell
Location: The Fluvarium
Free with admission
People of all ages have important stories to tell.  This is when we give some of our youngest storytellers their chance to shine!

{3:00 – 4:00 PM} ANIMAL ANTICS! A family performance by Kathy Jessup
Location: The Fluvarium
Free with Admission
Join Kathy for this rollicking set of animal stories, with plenty of audience participation and a wild cast of characters!

{3:00 – 5:00 PM} MYSTERY MONUMENT TOUR
Location: Meet at Fort Waldegrave and walk to the War Memorial In the event of rain, please meet at the Crow's Nest for a "virtual tour"
Admission: Free!
Join storyteller Gary Green on a walking tour through the Battery and hear tales of history and mystery. Wind your way west from the Mystery Monument, carved into the cliff at Fort Waldegrave, and end at the National War Memorial. Enjoy tales of the historic sites along the route, of the Newfoundland Royal Naval Reserve, World War I, and the man commemorated in this Mystery Monument.
**Please check website or facebook the morning of for updates!**

Presented in collaboration with the OBNA; supported by the City of St. John's First World War Commemorations Program.

 {7:00 PM} COUSIN SILAS AND THE MOOSE WOMAN: A Baptist Missionary Meets the Mi’kmaq
A solo performance by Elinor Benjamin                                           
Location: Gower Street United Church Lecture Hall
Admission: $10
A riveting solo performance of Mi’kmaq stories translated by Silas Tertius Rand, a Baptist Missionary and distant relative of performer Elinor Benjamin. Join together in a song and a collective meditation of compassion for those forced from their homes and cultures.

 

Past Festivals

2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004