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Ivan Coyote In Concert and Workshop

Coming May 2019! Ivan Coyote! The Victoria Storytellers’ Guild is excited to present Ivan Coyote, the award-winning Canadian author and internationally acclaimed storyteller and presenter.  Ivan’s stories are inspiring, filled with Ivan’s generous heart, humour and humanity. Ivan Coyote in … Continue reading

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“It’s all in the Kilt” – The Stories of Scottish Teller Calum Lykan

“There is just something about storyteller Calum Lykan. Call it charm, charisma or the x-factor, he has that intangible ne sais quoi that makes you want to listen to him for hours.” February 25th 7:30 pm – at Fern St … Continue reading

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Desserts & Storytelling

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Peg Hastead – Box of Snakes

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Peg Hastead

A Box of Snakes

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A Sample Story for You to Tell

Toronto storyteller Dan Yashinsky shares one of many folklore stories that you could use.

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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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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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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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June 2012 Stories at Fern

The final story session of the winter/spring season was hosted by Lee Porteous who brought together a truly outstanding group of tellers including four prizewinning school girls who delivered their stories with confidence, flawless memory  and delightful ways of drawing … Continue reading

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The Clues to a Great Story

Filmmaker Andrew Stanton (“Toy Story,” “WALL-E”) shares what he knows about storytelling — starting at the end and working back to the beginning. (Contains graphic language …)

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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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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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World Storytelling Day 2012

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WORLD STORYTELLING FESTIVAL

WORLD   STORYTELLING FESTIVAL: 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 … Continue reading

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Tree Stories at Fern

Monday, March 19, 2012 Tree Stories at Fern at 1831 Fern Street. Doors open at 7:15pm and telling begins at 7:30. For information: ferris.stories@shaw.ca

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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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Our Guild is a Garden

From TMAS June 2007                                                                                                                 (Published then and previously, written by Guild member, Marie Burgess.) Our guild is a garden. It has permanent plantings. Our newsletter and web page are birches that wave their branches in the breeze to catch members’ … Continue reading

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October Stories at Fern

Harvest Stories! The Victoria Storytellers Guild welcomes you to hear and tell stories. MONDAY, Oct. 17, 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) “For … Continue reading

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The Forest Storytelling Festival

Fri, October 14, 12 noon – Sun, October 16, 12 noon Peninsula College, Port Angeles, Washington Awesome workshops and performances by leading American storytellers. For more information, please visit Forest Storytelling Festival Website.

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How Do You Chose Which Story to Tell?

Many people find it easier to tell stories which have their roots in their own culture. Make this a starting point. However, if a particular culture holds a great deal of interest for you do not be afraid to explore … Continue reading

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Why Do We Tell Stories?

We tell each other stories quite naturally as part of our everyday life. We need look no further for proof of this than the snatches of conversation overheard at work, at play, or on the bus. Telling stories gives us … 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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World Storytelling Day 2011 Summary

Photo by Katherine McGinnis of VSG VP, Lee Porteous, and Treasurer, Andrea Samuels, selling tickets to this sold out event. World Storytelling Day Concert at Intrepid Theatre Club Water, Water, WaterMarch 20, 2011Summary of Stories1. Pat Carfra – “The Selkie … Continue reading

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March 2011 Stories at Fern

Jennifer as host welcomed a full house of tellers and listeners, old and new. At the Membership table a box for donations to the Red Cross to bring aid to Japan following the recent series of natural disasters there, earthquake, … Continue reading

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Grants for Storytellers

The next deadline for Canada |council grants for professional storytellers is 15 April. Read the details at http://www.canadacouncil.ca/grants/writing/io127227335980156250.htm

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Story Fest 2011: Spring into Stories

Intrepid Theatre Club (Fisgard at Blanshard). Our kick-off event, World Storytelling Day (featured in the above photo by Penny Tennenhouse) was such a hit, we had to turn people away at the door. Our April, May and June concerts were … Continue reading

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Stories at Fern

FALL INTO STORIES IN OCTOBER Listen to and tell stories with the Victoria Storytellers Guild: MONDAY, October 17, 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 … Continue reading

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Water, Water Everywhere

Celebrate World Water and World Storytelling DayMarch 22, 2011, 10:30 a.m. Oak Bay Library, 1442 Monterey, Free. Registration appreciated: 250-592-2489Enjoy fun, participatory stories and songs for children aged 5 to 10 (all ages welcome). Explore rivers, oceans and mud puddles … Continue reading

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It’s Storytime Month at Tall Tales!

In honour of World Storytelling Day, Tall Tales Books (795 Fort Street) is hosting extra Storytime sessions this month. In addition to regular Wednesday Storytimes, the store added two Friday sessions with Shoshana Litman during Spring Break and a “Teddy … Continue reading

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World Storytelling Day: Water Water Water

Intrepid Theatre Club: 1609 Blanshard at Fisgard Sunday March 20, 2011 Afternoon concert for children and families: 2 – 3 pm Evening concert for adults and mature children: 7 – 9 pm Storytellers: Pat Carfra, Jennifer Ferris, Diane Gilliland, Peg Hasted, … Continue reading

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Your chance to tell:

Tell-Tales presents: TALL TALES, LOUD LIES – stories that only an April fool would take seriously. Friday, April l, 2011 7:00 pm At Serious Coffee – 230 Cook Street Village, Victoria, BC Come and tell a 5 to 8 minute story that … Continue reading

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Special Saturday Storytime: Teddy Bear Picnic!

Special Saturday Storytime: Teddy Bear Picnic!Saturday March 12, 11:00am Bring your Teddy Bear (or other favourite stuffed friend) to Tall Tales Books for the Teddy Bear Picnic! Join us for a special Saturday Storytime with Peg Hasted as she presents … Continue reading

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Smoked Fish, Bannock and Indian Tea, Bringing the Stories Home

Richard Wagamese, an acclaimed Ojibway story teller, memoirist and novelist, will demonstrate the importance and value of storytelling in a performance he will give at Royal Roads University on March 9, 2011. Several of us were impressed by this tellers … Continue reading

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