Category Archives: Past Events

West Shore Summer Speaker Series

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Have We Got a Story to Tell: Domesticated

“Did I ever tell you about the time…” Helmcken House is filled with stories. And for this Have we got a story to tell, we’ll be adding some new ones to the mix. Each room of the house will be animated with … Continue reading

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The Game’s Afoot: Stories from Sherlock Holmes

Featuring Ottawa Storytellers Kathie Kompass and Mary Wiggin Polished, accomplished, filled with energy and wit. Hope Conan Doyle is grinning delightedly from wherever he is currently situated!! Jan Andrews, Storyteller and Author Step out of the shadows and plunge into … Continue reading

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House Concert with Mary Dessein – Storyteller/Harpist

                             Sunday, February 22nd, 2015 at 1:30 pm Mary has been a storyteller and musician for 19 years and the host of Global Griot, a weekly radio … Continue reading

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Margaret Murphy is coming to Victoria…

Show: A house concert of stories performed by the always wonderful Margaret Murphy Date: Friday November 14, 2014, 7:00 pm Cost: $10 For more information please contact Shirley at sroutliffe@shaw.ca or 778 977 0800 Workshop: Join professional storyteller Margaret Murphy … Continue reading

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Improv Storytelling Workshop with Jennifer Ferris

TAKE THE FEAR OUT OF IMPROV… a workshop presented by Jennifer Ferris   DATE: Sat Nov 23rd TIME: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm LOCATION: 657 Harbinger Avenue COST:  $20.00 REGISTRATION & INFORMATION: Shirley Routliffe – sroutliffe@shaw.ca – 778-977-0800 Imagine standing in … Continue reading

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Wednesday October 23rd, 7:30 – 8:30 pm at Merlin Sun, 1983 Fairfield Rd, Victoria. Dean Verger’s one man show… Moby Dick: a storytelling adaptation. For information and tickets please contact leeporteous@shaw.ca

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World Storytelling Day 2013

This year’s theme for World Storytelling Day is Fortune and Fate. The regular March Meeting of Stories at Fern will be dedicated to this theme.

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October News

Many thanks to members who faithfully described the stories told at past Stories at Fern. These write ups are still available. Fear not! Although we are no longer providing these, we will continue to keep you up to date on … Continue reading

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September 2012 Stories at Fern

Hosted by Sandra Johnson, the season’s first gathering welcomed a goodly number of first-time listeners from near and far and a fine variety of stories. Cat Thom and her sister Megan – dba. “Juniper Tree” – combined their talents of … Continue reading

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Forest Storytelling Festival

Early Bird registration is now open for the Forest Storytelling Festival in Port  Angeles October 19th, 20th and 21st, 2012 Peninsula College Port Angeles, WA A Special Pre-Festival Workshop Telling Personal Stories Two-Time Grammy Winner Bill Harley Details and the … Continue reading

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May 2012 Stories at Fern

Hosted by Diane Gilliland, the May gathering of the Storytellers’ Guild  had a full roster of tellers both guild members and newcomers who brought added poetry and forceful delivery to their offerings.  Diane’s lively outgoing way added much to the … Continue reading

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April Stories at Fern

Our April meeting, hosted by Jacquie Hunt, had a full roster of tellers.  Their lively presentations kept the audience engaged with both laughter and food for thought. Jaya Scott, a young teller who is competing in the Performing Arts Festival … Continue reading

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May Stories at Fern

Please join us on Monday, May 21, 2012  for another round of wonderful stories at Fern.  1831 Fern St. (Park on Begbie) Doors open at 7:15 P.M..  Stories begin at 7:30 with a tea break complete with delicious cookies and … Continue reading

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April 2012 Stories at Fern

Please join us on Monday, April 16, 2012 for another round of wonderful stories at Fern.  1831 Fern St. (Park on Begbie) Doors open at 7:15 P.M..  Stories begin at 7:30 with a tea break complete with delicious cookies and … Continue reading

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March 2012 at Fern

Forming part of our Tree Festival and being just one day ahead of  World Story Telling Day, the March meeting was nothing short of phenomenal in the stories presented and the fine example of spontaneous collaboration – setting up for … Continue reading

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Storytelling for Re-inventing the World

Friday, March 16 – Sunday, March 18 – Storytelling for Re-inventing the World, a weekend workshop with Margo McLoughlin at the Haven Institute on Gabriola Island.

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Victoria Proclaims Mar 20 World Storytelling Day

The VSG is proud of its participation in World Storytelling Day 2012. Jennifer Ferris and her WSD team arranged for the city to declare March 20th World Storytelling Day!  Events were held on 18 and 19 March.

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Next Stories at Fern – 19 March 2012

Celebrate Stories! Special World Storytelling Day Evening The Victoria Storytellers Guild welcomes you to hear and tell stories. MONDAY, February 20, doors open at 7:15 p.m., stories start at 7:30 p.m. 1831 Fern St. (Park on Begbie.) Admission: $5.00 Students … Continue reading

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World Storytelling Day – March 18-20, 2012

Celebrate Trees in Story and Song Victoria Storytellers’ Guild and partners are joining tellers around the world to celebrate World Storytelling Day with a World Storytelling Festival March 18 – 20, 2012. Read on for information about concerts and community … Continue reading

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February 2012 Stories at Fern

With the spirit of St. Valentine’s Day still upon us Shirley Routliffe hosted an evening of stories in which love and honour were well represented. Jennifer Ferris opened the meeting with her story of “Lazy Jack”, a dreamer, who  produced … Continue reading

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Call for tellers – 2012 EPIC STORYTELLING WEEKEND

Listener, tellers… hear the call!For the past several years, a small group has gathered to breathe life into epic tales from around the world. We’ve traveled from Russia through China to India and Persia to Ghana, Guatamala and beyond. This … Continue reading

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January 2012 Blog

Katherine McGinnis, the Guild’s talented stage setter, not only “cosied up” the seating for our first gathering of the year, but played the roles of  host, warmly welcoming newcomers, and that of storyteller as she closed the evening.    Chile … Continue reading

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December Stories at Fern

Presiding over a very full house, Sylvia Olsen hosted our December meeting.  After giving a warm welcome to a good number of newcomers, she managed some last minute shuffles of the story roster with good cheer as nine tellers made … Continue reading

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Next Stories at Fern 20 February 2012

Celebrate Stories! The Victoria Storytellers Guild welcomes you to hear and tell stories. MONDAY, February 20, doors open at 7:15 p.m., stories start at 7:30 p.m. 1831 Fern St. (Park on Begbie.) Admission: $5.00 Students $3.00 (includes tea and goodies) … Continue reading

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Stories at Fern November 21, 2011

Hosted by Patricia Houston, the November 21st meeting was a cornucopia of fairytales told with verve and skill that kept bringing the house down.  Patricia started the meeting by giving newcomers a brief history of the Guild and Pat Carfra … Continue reading

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PowellsWood Storytelling Festival 2012

Mark your calendars now for the PowellsWood Storytelling Festival 2012. It will be held at PowellsWood in Federal Way, Washington http://www.powellswood.org/a-northwest-garden/ July 13-14. Workshops on Friday, July 13 by Donald Davis and Eth-Noh-Tec. Telling on Saturday by Donald Davis, Eth-noh-tec, … Continue reading

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World Storytelling Day 2012

Check out all of the details by clicking on World Storytelling day on our main menu.

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Embracing Diversity -Workshop for Beginners

Comfort Ero and Jennifer Ferris are doing a workshop on storytelling for beginners as part of the Puente Theatre symposium on Embracing Diversity and the Practice of Inclusive Theatre in a Changing Society. 17-21 Nov 11. For more details go … Continue reading

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The Practice of Story: Building Community in a Storytelling Circle

The Practice of Story: Building Community in a Storytelling Circle – (Nov) TAEA2660 Date: Weds, Nov. 2, 16 , 30, Dec 14, 2011 Facilitator: Margo McLoughlin www.margostoryteller.net Length: 4 evenings Times: 6:30pm – 8:30pm Cost: $80 + applicable taxes The … Continue reading

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October Stories at Fern Review

The October 17 meeting of the Victoria Storytellers’ Guild was hosted by Lee Porteous and featured seven tellers. Margo McLoughlin’s story “Hugging the Corners”, a  family saga of father’s car racing and mother being the family photographer to capture all … Continue reading

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After Grimm: Fairy Tales and the Art of Story Telling 6-8 Sept 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS by 31 Jan 2012 2012 is the bicentenary of the publication of the first volume of the Kinder- und Hausmärchen [Children’s and Household Tales] by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. As this groundbreaking collection moves into its third … Continue reading

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Esquimalt Children’s Festival 2011

October 1  from 10:30 – 1:30 At the Esquimalt Branch Library. Peg hasted, Faye Mogensen and Jennifer Ferris are telling.  

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September Stories at Fern Review

Our warm host on Monday evening, September 19, 2011 was Anne Forester. Margo McLaughlin provided gentle music on her Hang drum between stories.Jacquie Hunt led off with a Spanish story told in the first person so effectively that we felt … Continue reading

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Storytellers Conference in Yellowknife, NWT

It was my great privilege to represent the Victoria Storytellers Guild (VSG) at the recent 19th Storytellers Conference in Yellowknife, NWT called Story North. Here are a few of the highlights. As the Air Canada flight began it’s decent into … Continue reading

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VSG ANNUAL SUMMER PICNIC Sunday August 7, 2011

The countdown is on towards the VSG annual summer picnic for Guild members and their guests. WHERE? The home of Andrea and Richard, 3910 Finnerty Road (We’re about 150 yards from UVIC. (250 294 5790) WHEN? August 7, Sunday, from … Continue reading

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VSG ANNUAL SUMMER PICNIC Sunday August 7, 2011

The countdown is on towards the VSG annual summer picnic for Guild members and their guests. WHERE? The home of Andrea and Richard, 3910 Finnerty Road (We’re about 150 yards from UVIC. (250 294 5790) WHEN? August 7, Sunday, from … Continue reading

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VSG Founder Barbara Hutcheson Passes Away

Storytelling in Victoria and the establishment of the Victoria Storytellers Guild began thanks to the work of Barbara Hutcheson and Margaret Toakley. They were senior in the Central Library’s Children’s Department. Twenty-two years ago they brought in tellers ‘from away’ for … Continue reading

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Storytellers Conference in Yellowknife, NWT

It was my great privilege to represent the Victoria Storytellers Guild (VSG) at the recent 19th Storytellers Conference in Yellowknife, NWT called Story North. Here are a few of the highlights. As the Air Canada flight began it’s decent into … Continue reading

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June Stories at Fern

Our host, Dianne Gilliland, who presided over a full house and a full slate of tellers, opened with a surprise poem setting a fine example of humour and good storytelling before introducing the first teller of the evening. Lee Porteous’ … Continue reading

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Kim Weitkamp featured in Monday Magazine

Check out the good news about Kim Weitkamp’s concert Penny Candy Love on Saturday June 4 featured in Monday Magazine. A big enthusiastic crowd enjoyed the show. Kim was amazing!

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May Stories at Fern

Molly Raher Newman as Emily Carr Sandra was our lively host while Margo once again provided brief, gentle interludes of music on her Hang (a Swiss instrument, pronounced “Hung”) for an evening that included visiting tellers who surprised and delighted … Continue reading

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Theatre SKAM Bike Ride, July 9, 10, 16 and 17

Storytellers from the Victoria Storytellers Guild are taking part in the Theatre SKAM Bike Ride in July. On Saturday July 9 from 3:30 – 8:30 p.m. and Sunday July 10 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., two talented sisters, Cat and … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Canadian Children’s Book Tour Teller : Shoshana Litman

It has just been announced that Shoshana Litman has been chosen to be one of the tellers during Canadian Children’s Book Week 2012. These tellers, who are members of SC-CC, are chosen by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre staff. Applicants are scored by … Continue reading

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April Stories at Fern

Photo of Margo McLoughlin by Katherine McGinnis Shirley Routliffe hosted another full house of listeners at Stories at Fern on April 18. We had the pleasure of hearing Margo McLoughlin play her Hang between stories, giving us time to let … Continue reading

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Consider Attending Story North

Just got the latest advert from StoryNorth, The annual SC-CC AGM and Conference. This year it will be in Yellowknife, NWT 26-29 May.  More info from Peg Hasted, Patricia Houston or Al Fowler.

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Award Winning Guild Member

Congratulations to Victoria Storytellers Guild Member, Sylvia Olsen, who won the Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing for her book, “Working With Wool: A Coast Salish Legacy and the Cowichan Sweater.” The B.C. Historical Federation’s annual award recognizes the best non-fiction … Continue reading

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Listeners of the World, Unite!

Photo by Katherine McGinnis “Listening to a story is not a passive experience. It is an action-filled colorful event in the theatre of the mind. Storytelling, by its nature, is an audience-involving art form. As the storyteller’s narrative, shared in … Continue reading

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For details of what’s happening at this year’s annual conference of the Storytellers of Canada- Conteurs du Canada, check out Al Fowler’s storytelling blog #yyjstoryteller.

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Kim Weitkamp in Penny Candy Love

SATURDAY JUNE 4th 2011 at 7:30 p.m.A humorous look at life, love and other quandries with:KIM WEITKAMP – HUMORIST, SINGER/SONG WRITER, STORYTELLER Grace Lutheran Church, 1273 Fort St. (Northeast of Moss St.)Tickets: Advance $15.00 and $20.00 at the doorTickets Available … Continue reading

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