The St. John's Folk Arts Council
presents


THREE STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS with
Anne Farrell, Judith Poirier & Norma Cameron


Not in my time, and certainly not in your time, but in a time long ago, when houses were papered with pancakes… If you have an interest in the traditional art of storytelling, this is your opportunity to explore the world of tales, myth, and legend. As part of the third annual St. John’s Storytelling Festival, the St. John’s Folk Arts Council is pleased to offer up a trio of storytelling workshops, lead by three internationally acclaimed visiting storytellers.

Externalising the Spirit of Storytelling with Irish storyteller Anne Farrell
Once a story leaves the soul it takes on a life of its own. The spoken word can not be called back and with every telling something new emerges. What resonates in one heart will leave another unmoved, so tell and retell until every heart has been touched. This workshop will look at the importance of a repetitive motif within individual stories, voice work and how to liberate the emotions and draw your audience into the story.

DATE: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4th
PLACE: The Masonic Temple, Cathedral St.
TIME: 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
COST: $25 (adults) $15 (seniors, students and unwaged)

"S'il te plaît, raconte-moi une histoire” avec Judith Poirier
Nous avons tous quelque chose à raconter. Voici un atelier qui vous aidera à éveiller le conteur qui sommeille en vous. Au menu de cet atelier, des exercices simples vous aidant à mettre sous forme de récits vos anecdotes de vie, un petit répertoire d’histoires faciles à raconter (issues de la tradition orale), des points d’appui pour vous mettre en confiance quand vous contez et les réflexions d’une conteuse professionnelle de renommée canadienne qui s’est donnée comme principale mission le développement de moment de parole conteuse dans les communautés.
Note: Workshop will be conducted in French.

DATE: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4th
PLACE: The Masonic Temple, Cathedral St.
TIME: 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
COST: $25 (adults) $15 (seniors, students and unwaged)

Incorporating Visualization in your Storytelling Preparation
with Scottish-Canadian storyteller Norma Cameron

Discover the "theatre in your mind" and put it to work to help you in your performance. Years ago, Norma was given a piece of advice from a well-seasoned storyteller on the eve of a festival performance. He told her that there was only one thing she had to concentrate on, "If you don't go to the place where the story takes place - your audience will never find their way there." A simple statement, perhaps, but it took Norma on a whole new path of understanding which she now applies to all of her stories. Through a series of activities, participants in the workshop will learn how to exercise their visualization muscles and develop more confidence in their telling and more trust in their stories. Participants are asked to bring a story to work on during this session.

DATE: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5th
PLACE: The Masonic Temple, Cathedral St.
TIME: 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
COST: $25 (adults) $15 (seniors, students and unwaged)

Space is limited for these workshops; please pre-register with Sandy Woolfrey-Fahey
Registration form here
PH: 685-3444 EMAIL: storytelling@nf.sympatico.ca 


 

photo courtesy of Anne FarrellAnne Farrell has been a storyteller from childhood. She was raised in Glenmore, and now lives in Waterford, Ireland. She is also a writer of adult and children’s stories, a playwright for radio and stage, a researcher, a historian and one half of “Cuala Verbal Arts.” With her creative partner Liam Murphy, she leads storytelling and creative writing workshops. She has performed extensively in Ireland, Britain, Canada and the US.

 





photo by Bruce CarmodyJudith Poirier’s tales offer delight and wisdom with a twist of singularity. She has told stories to listeners of all ages and in both French and English. This Montrealer has toured festivals across Canada (Yukon, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec). She has in her répertoire folktales from her French-Canadian heritage, tales and wisdom tales from around the world and family tales. She is also the godmother of the Cercle des conteurs de Montréal, an organization she helped to found in 1998.

 

photo courtesy of Norma CameronNorma Cameron draws on her childhood experiences growing up outside Glasgow to weave Scottish traditional stories with charming and often hilarious family tales. She has conducted workshops and performed at storytelling festivals in Canada, Scotland, England and Ireland. She has also written and performed a one-woman play, Coalmines, Council Houses and Corsets: The Life and Times of a Scottish Granny – adapted from her collection of stories based on her real-life Granny Jamieson. Norma currently lives in Deep Cove, British Columbia, and serves as the National Coordinator for Storytellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada.




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