Storytelling Circle

Do you like listening to stories and recitations?
Would you like to learn more about storytelling?
Are you a storyteller at heart, looking for an audience?

Anyone interested in cultivating the traditional art of Newfoundland storytelling is invited to an informal gathering of storytellers and lovers of a good story. Every kind of story or recitation can be told as long as it’s by word of mouth, rather than being read aloud. We welcome storytellers of all kinds, whether you are a professional or a first-timer. Whether you are there to listen, to tell or to gather up your courage to tell a story, we'd love to see you.
Crow's Nest Officers Club
The St. John’s Storytelling Circle runs from 7:30-9:30 at the Crow’s Nest Officer’s Club, with opportunities for new storytellers to spin a yarn. The Crow’s Nest is located off the public stairs at the east side of the War Memorial on Duckworth Street, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. (Map It)

For more information, or to be placed on the St. John’s Storytelling Circle email distribution list, contact Erin McArthur at storytellingstjohns@gmail.com. Addicted to facebook? Join the St. John’s Storytelling Circle facebook group today!

Do you love a good story? Do you have one to tell? We welcome first-time and accomplished tellers, and first-time and accomplished listeners! Join us each month for an evening's entertainment.


Storytelling Circle Tuesday, July 11th at 7:30 PM
Hosted by Bev Kane

Starts at 7:30 PM
Place: The Crow’s Nest Officers’ Club, off Duckworth on the east side of the War Memorial
Admission: $3

Beverley Kane was born in St. John’s, but has lived longer on the Southern Shore than she has in the Big City. She met and married a fisherman from Renews who is steeped in the tradition of the place, and a little bit of it just may have rubbed off on her. When she moved to the area, she embraced her new found home and everything about it. House parties were a big part of getting to know her neighbours, and you might be sure that a story or two came out of these gatherings. A great lover of local songs and recitations, she became the unofficial collector and keeper of the lore. She has spent the past 30 odd years sharing these songs and stories in homes and on the local stages around the Shore (and sometimes further afield). Bev was an actor for several seasons with the Southern Shore Folk Arts Council in Ferryland, spent eight years playing in the Colony of Avalon’s 17th-century kitchen, and is presently a Heritage Interpreter for Provincial Historic Sites. Her alter-ego, Mrs. Bridget Theresa O’Rielly O’Toole, regales visitors with stories of the 1800s as the cook at Commissariat House; Bev can also be found recounting the history of Port wine in Newfoundland at the Newman Wine Vault.


The Storytelling Circle meets on the SECOND TUESDAY of each month (Remembrance Day excepted)

The Storytelling Circle and other Festival events are cell phone-free zones and absolutely NO recording is permitted without the PRIOR permission of the teller and the organizers.

Storytelling Circle Hosts in 2017:

January           Dave Paddon
February         Chris Brookes
March              Ford Elms
April                 Gary Green
May                  Crystal Martin
June                 Christine Hennebury
July                  Bev Kane
August             Stella Mair-Evans
September      Eugene Kane
October           Special Festival Story Circle – featured tellers tba
November      Hubert Furey
December      Dennis Flynn