|Hot off the press from Jennifer McArton
The background to this
particular story is over on page 3 and a bit in my note to the reader below. A problem has been growing over at
Library and Archives Canada that has affected our monthly swap.You will
get to the details in a few page turns. But for now, let Jennifer McArton tell you what has happened:
"Great news. The PSAC building has been booked for our Swaps starting on Thursday August 1st. Jeff Wright,
the Swap coordinator, booked the room with Jeff Sample, the facilities
coordinator of the PSAC building, on behalf of OST for the first
Thursday of evey month until August 2014.
Jeff and I visited the PSAC building last week. It's wonderful. Thanks so much Marie-Andree
for finding this superb location. For those of you who haven't seen
the building, it's at 233 Gilmour St. (between Elgin and Metcalfe).
You can't miss it - it has a distinctive oval shape. It's a block away
from Elgin Street. There's a Starbucks and a Bridgehead around the
corner. There are many restaurants within a few minutes walking
distance. There's plenty of free parking available for us in the PSAC
parking lot. It's easy access to OC Transpo. The building is
accessible (even with an accessible washroom!) AND... IT'S FREE!!!
Because the July swap
is at the Storytellers of Canada / Conteurs du Canada Conference site
the last Swap at National Library and Archives Canada will be the June
The JK Wyllie boardroom, where we will hold our Swaps, is a warm and
inviting place. There's a low stage at the end of the room which will
be perfect for our storytellers. There is plenty of natural sunlight
(lots of windows). "
From your newsletter editor
I retired from my previous arts-related career
in the restaurant industry, so many years ago, people wondered what I
would do next. Well, in June I will be telling Moby Dick at the Ottawa Fringe
Festival. I had heard of people who had felt lost without their
job. But the lost were rarely artists. And that was when I realised
that artists are used to projects. Finish one idea, and move to the
next. It is a function of creativity, the spark that drives us. I watch
creative individuals who have a pile of projects on their plates, and
their biggest concern is finding enough time.
I think of our collection of tellers and listeners as
individuals. There is an itch to find new ways of seeing things, doing
things. A drive to express ourselves by creating new shows, new
opportunities. Oh, the exitement of being moved by the muse. This
allows us to react to change, to challenges by growing and evolving.
And this applies to OST as well. The Canadian government had moved away
from free use of the Library and Archives Canada. This meant fees for
the Swap involving room rental and overtime for PWC employees. Another
project calling for creative solutions that as you just read was found through the hard work of many individuals, and Marie-Andree.
this issue we introduce a new columnist. You may remember Anne Landers.
Well, we now have Taylor Fable. Taylor takes your questions and brings
them to experienced storytellers to harvest their thoughts and
reminiscences. Taylor has an email address, and delights in searching out just the right solutions for your amazing questions.
Once again, thank-you to everyone who helped bring this newsletter
together. This newsletter has been brought about by the contributions
of Anne Nagy, Jennifer McArton, Kim Kilpatrick, Pat Holloway, and Taylor Fable.