Jan Andrews has a blog
wherein she shares her thoughts about a diversity of topics
ranging from the Odyssey to Alan Shain. Take a moment and
Proposals For 2012 Conference
by Stephanie Beneteau
The 20th annual Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada
conference is happening in Montreal on August 1st to 5th,
2012. The first conference was in Montreal twenty years
ago so we are hoping to make this conference very special!
We are calling for proposals for workshops during the conference.
The workshops will be in blocks of 150 minutes (two and
a half hours). They can address a wide variety of topics
including marketing, voice, audience development, repertoire
and other professional improvement topics. There will be
an honorarium for the workshop leaders, but travel, lodging
and conference fees remain the responsibility of the participants.
We remind you that you must be a member of SC-CC to give
a workshop during the conference.
Please send your proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org before
September 15th, 2011. Your proposal should include a title,
objectives, a brief write-up for the program and a longer
write-up for the programming committee to get a sense of
the subject and methods of presentation. Please include
a professional cv as well. Any technical requirements should
also be specified, as well as the maximum number of participants
you could accept in the workshop. We will attempt to answer
everybody who sends us a proposal but cannot promise to
get back to everybody if a large number of proposals are
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Ask an Author
While attending the Fourth Stage
performances, I sometimes ask random individuals for a few
words about the telling. This particular audience member
turned out to be an author. Her name is Heather
Menzies and she is the author of ten books. I asked
her a few questions.
To listen to the interview, click
A new Story Series by the Ottawa
Storytellers: Free Thursday Evening Programming at the Bytowne
Ottawa has many stories to tell! The murder of Thomas D'Arcy
McGee, the Stoney Monday riots and the fire at the Booth
Lumberyard to name a few. We are pleased to host a Story
Series by the Ottawa Storytellers as part of our free Thursday
night programming this summer.
- July 7 - Ruthanne Edward and Gail Anglin.
- July 21 - Ruth Stewart-Verger, Donna Stewart and Kim
- August 4 - Ruthanne Edward and Kim Kilpatrick
- August 18 - Ruth Stewart Verger, Donna Stewart and Gail
This has also been written up by the blog known as Apt613.
Click for more information.
Yes, OST has a Facebook page. It
is simple to log into, and join. Then you can share information,
gossip, opinions, with other like minded tellers.
Jo Maple, in season
Just before Robert Levigne stepped into his character of
Jo Maple one evening at The Tea Party, I asked him a few
questions. To listen to the interview, click
Not taking it for grant-ed
by Kim Kilpatrick
Hi there, Last year around this time, I applied for a big
grant from Canada Council for the Arts to create a 1.5 hour
storytelling performance piece about growing up blind and
the adventures therein. Anyway, I didn't get the grant.
But, a couple of months ago, while meeting with Canada
Council staff about accessibility of the forms etc., they
said, "Were you highly recommended for a grant?" I had been,
twice. Anyway, at the end of the year, if they have money
left over, they may give a grant to someone who was highly
A few weeks ago, I had a call saying I would be awarded
a grant but they didn't know how much and not to say a word
until I received the letter. The letter came yesterday.
I have $15,000 which is the amount I asked for. Some of
that goes to pay my coaches, for someone to assist with
creating publicity materials, etc. But most goes to my salary
while I work on the piece.
I am so happy! I worked for days on the grant applications.
It is so amazing! I can hardly believe it still. Thanks
to all of you for being so supportive when I quit other
work and began focusing on this. I didn't know if I'd done
the right thing. I guess I did! Sorry again for the blank
Kim and tiny shiny Tulia
Tea and Scones
There is something about a good cup of hot tea to wash
down a scone that has been covered in strawberry jam and
cream that seems to lend itself to a convivial evening,
and a chance to chat. And that is exactly what I did on
a Tuesday evening when I caught up with Storytelling at
the Tea Party co-organiser Mary Wiggin. To listen
to the interview, click
Buenos Aires to Ottawa
We are doing a lot of sharing and growing as tellers. One
of the more mobile tellers is Marta Singh, who commutes
between Argentina and Canada. I asked Marta a few questions
before her performances as part of 2wp. To listen to the
News Article about the Storytelling
Conference in Yellowknife
Danica Lorer is a freelance reporter whose article
appeared in the New Optimist. To read her June 9, 2011 article,
There have been some changes to the Thursday night Swap
(the first Thursday of each month). First there is Jeff Wright.
He is the new organizer for the swap. Heused to be a high
school teacher. Now he performs in the school as a storyteller.
As well, the food and beverages have improved, and are free!
Well, the NAC gets to tell the world about the Fourth Stage
schedule first, for all of its programming. Storytelling
will soon be revealed to all by our national institution.
We await the news.
Touring A Love Story
Pat Holloway took up his digital recorder, prepared
his questions, and stepped into the role of intrepid interviewer.
His task, to track down two talented Italian tellers who
were touring North America. The tellers were Paola Balbi,
and her partner in story, Davide Bardi. To listen
to Pat's interview, click