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Tall tales and true of the “LOVE that Conquers all.”

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Suggest a theme for Stories at Fern

Imagine a whole evening of stories on just one theme! That’s what we are planning to do next year at Stories at Fern. Each month a different theme. For example one night might be “stories that chill you,” another could … Continue reading

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Ivan Coyote: Workshop for Storytellers : May 30th

 9:30 am – 12:30 pm at St Aiden’s Church, $50  Register through Shirley Routliffe,  sroutliffe@gmail.com The workshop will give you a chance to work with master Canadian storyteller Ivan Coyote.  Discover new ideas about transforming thoughts and energy into memorable stories. … Continue reading

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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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A Concert with Storyteller Hugh Cotton

Tickets at Eventbrite $14 while they last. Hugh Cotton is a Toronto-based storyteller, originally from Hampshire in England. He has told stories in schools, markets, cafes and forests – and appeared in festivals from Brantford to Brazil.  He enjoys telling to listeners of … 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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Come Into My Parlour

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Desserts & Storytelling

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Running Deep – The Power of Water November 19

Seventh Annual Canadian Storytelling Night – Soirée nationale du conte Prepare to immerse yourself. Water is the deep subject and theme of 2018’s Canadian Storytelling Night-Soirée national du conte (CSN-SNC.) “When we are born we are 90 percent water and … Continue reading

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Baloney on Balogna Day October 24

We are having a storytelling concert in honour of “Bologna Day”, which is actually an unofficial holiday. Expect stories to celebrate balderdash, blarney and the birthday of lunch meat. It all happens at Victoria City Hall on October 24, 2-4 … Continue reading

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Storytelling in Schools Workshop for Storytellers Sunday Nov 18

Facilitator: Shoshana Litman Date:  Sunday November 18, 2018 Time: 2-4 p.m. Venue: In Shoshana’s home at 1250 Rudlin Street. Cost: This workshop is a gift to VSG members and is free. Advance registration: Secure your place by emailing Shoshana  litmanshoshana@gmail.com … Continue reading

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The Audience You Want, The Audience You’ve Got: Saturday 15 September 2-3:15

Facilitator: Rachel Muller Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018 Time: 2 – 3:15 pm Venue: 2811 Prior Street, Victoria (on #4 bus route)   Cost: This workshop is a gift to VSG members and is free. Advance registration: Secure your place … Continue reading

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Call for tellers for October 5th, 2 – 4 pm at the Duncan Library

Some tellers from VSG and from Nanaimo told a few times at the Duncan Library last year.  It worked out well enough that I’m extending an invitation to all of you to participate … it is the usual format – … Continue reading

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Confessions of an Operatic Mute

Briane Nasimok, Toronto storyteller and comedian, will be appearing in Victoria Fringe Festival http://intrepidtheatre.com/shows/confessions-of-an-operatic-mute/. We have the opportunity to meet Briane and share stories: Tuesday, August 28 at 7:30 pm at 2811 Prior Street, Victoria. Please join us with a story and/or … Continue reading

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Root Cellar Open House 5 Sept

September 5th,from 7 pm, Shoshana is hosting an open house/open Cellar at her house for members to gather to check out the library and perhaps share some comestibles and some recommendations. For more information contact Shoshana at litmanshoshana@gmail.com or stories@maggidah.com.

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Peg Hastead – Box of Snakes

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Peg Hastead

A Box of Snakes

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Review of The Geography Teacher’s Orders

The recent telling of The Geography Teacher’s Orders by the author herself was truly riveting as promised by her PR materials and storytelling friends who’d recommended her. Marta Bruno Singh has crafted a story from real events which occurred during … Continue reading

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Helmckin House

April 21st – Helmcken House at the Museum – Catherine Sheehan and Moira Walker will be telling stories from 2 – 3 pm and again from 3 – 4 pm. This is the last of the Helmcken House Saturday afternoon … Continue reading

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Marta Bruno Singh (click for details)

 

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Marva Blackmore’s Workshop

April 21st – Marva Blackmore’s workshop – “Telling What You Know” – finding and crafting personal stories. – 9 am – 4 pm – $75 (half the usual price of this workshop) at Fern St. – register with Lee Porteous … Continue reading

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Songs & Stories of Transformation

An inspiring workshop featuring music and stories by Buddhist Storyteller, Author & Hang Player, Margo McLoughlin, Classic Folk Trio, The Lake Men and Canada’s First Ordained Maggidah (Jewish Storyteller), Shoshana Litman. • Sunday April 15, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to … Continue reading

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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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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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Change in Grant Programs from Canada Council

On January 20th , the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA) announced significant changes. While details will be announced later this year, the general plan includes a massive consolidation, from 142 current grant programs (governed by 108 policies), to fewer … 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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Upcoming events

Check here for major events   March 20, 2018 – World Storytelling Day – Theme: Wise Fools March ~ 25, 26 or 27th – Kathy Kompass and Mary Wiggin – Oat Cakes and Heartaches: stories from Scotland Storytellers of Canada … 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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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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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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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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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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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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Poem for Six Voices by Janna

We are the storytellers. Tellers of fable, of myth and legend, of folk and epic tale. We tell in song, in prose and rhyme, in gesture and mime. We are the listeners, ears to the ground. Stories come writhing out … 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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