Saturday, July 28, 2018

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Cape Bruce on the Fleur-de-lis Highway
It was this time of the year when I visited my friend Donald Murdoch Angus MacQueen who was visiting his mother at Upper Framboise NS, just after graduation. It could have been a long night at the old farm house, but excitement was in the air. There would be a full moon and the caplin would be running. We headed down to Cape Bruce in what amounted to a Cape Breton traffic jam. Everyone was there, buckets in hand, scooping up the little silver fish as they came in the shallow waters towards the shore. Some had fires, were cooking and eating them on the spot. Others were salting them to take home for future feasts. It happens all along the Atlantic coast, said Don. A local favorite that you really don't want to miss.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Monday, February 26, 2018

OAT CAKES AND HEARTACHES - Stories from Scotland

March 26th, 2018, at 7:30 at 1831 Fern St. Admission $15 at the door

 Kathie Kompass and Mary Wiggin

Proudly Presented by the Victoria Storytellers' Guild

What listeners are saying about Oatcakes and Heartaches...

"Beautiful stories, beautifully told."
(Audience member, Ottawa)

Would not have missed this for the world. We loved it!
(Audience members, Ottawa)

"Och! I approve!"
(A listener who emigrated to Canada from Scotland)

"This is amazing!"
(Young teen listener, February 2018)

"How do you do that? I could see pictures inside my head when you were talking."
(Grade 6 student, February 2018)
Our Storytellers

Kathie Kompass
A storyteller since 1983, Kathie enjoys the language 

and images of older stories as well as the brevity and 

punchiness of a modern tale. The adventure, the 

mischief and the countryside found in this concert's 

Scottish tales tickle her tongue as they unfold and 

seem to tell themselves.  She has told stories in 

libraries, churches, summer camps, private parties,

elementary and high schools, Concordia University 

and for Girl Guide Groups. Kathie is a regular at the 

Ottawa Storytelling festival and performed at the

Toronto Storytelling Festival and at the National 

Arts Centre in Ottawa. She co-leads the beginning

storytellers course for the Ottawa StoryTellers.

Mary Wiggin

Renowned for her exquisite sense of language, Mary is a master of literary works as well as folk and fairy tales. Her stories flash with quicksilver wit and glimpses of hidden truths revealed in poetic turns of phrase. She favours folktales and fairy tales with strong heroines and sound plots. Her  rock-solid, no-nonsense delivery style is the perfect set-up for the uncanny, the fantastic and the surprising.

For more than a decade, Mary has been a featured teller at the National Arts Centre, storytelling events in the Byward Market, the Bytown Museum, and at schools, seniors’ centres, festivals, libraries and conferences. She has coordinated Ottawa storytellers' events for many years and with Kathie, facilitates Welcome to StoryTelling: 10 Things You Need to Know, the beginners' workshop offered by Ottawa StoryTellers.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Next Stories at Fern

Join with the Victoria Storytellers Guild  on March 19 2018 as they celebrate 
World Storytelling Day.  This year's theme is "Wise Fools."
Host for the evening will be Lee Porteous.
1831 Fern St, Victoria BC  Doors open at 7:15
The public is always welcome.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Calm Performance Jitters

      Most storytellers can remember the first scary time they got up to tell a story. Time and self-confidence makes performance easier, but there are still times when nerves can give rise to a case of the jitters  Over the years I've learned some ways to calm myself. Try these the next time you get up to tell a story.
  •       Know your stuff. Pay special attention to the beginning, main points and end of the story. Practice telling your story in front of a friend and get some constructive feedback.
  •          Get there early. Don't arrive late and in a panic. If you haven't been there before, check it out on google maps. Check out the parking lots and make sure you have the right building.
  •          Check out the room. I like to stand up where I will be performing and say something to check the sound. I look around for distractions and I check out any props, tables or chairs that I might be using,
  •           Check out the crowd. As people arrive, I mingle with them and introduce myself. When the time comes I will be telling to individual friends and not to some big, amorphous group.
  •          Remember to breath. Before starting the story pause to center yourself and take several deep, slow breaths. This can really relax a person.
  •          Take your time. Be focused, deliberate and expressive. There is no point rushing through your story.
 I  hope you will find these tips helpful. 
       Let me know what you do to calm those pre-presentation jitters.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Every professional storyteller needs a website

Here's why you need a website. In this age of social media, when a person wants something, the first place they check is the web. The storyteller's URL is their face to the world and their business card. If you are going to put your best foot forward to a perspective employer, this is the place to do it. The small addition of your URL to every twitter profile, blog or business card, is an invitation for someone to find out more about you.

What goes on your website? People will want to know the type of stories you tell and what the performance will cost them. Will you do workshops? They want to see what people have been saying about your performances and if you have cds for sale. Share where you have been telling, where you are now and where your travels will take you in the future: you may be coming to their neighbourhood....A podcast story or two could also be an asset. An "About Me" section will also tell them a bit more about the artist behind the stories. There may be more, but at the very least a contact form/email address and links to Facebook and Twitter will round off the site.

Facebook and Twitter are necessary, but will not replace a good website. Through them you can interact directly with your fans and raise the awareness of your work. Often, they become a record of the comments, perceptions thoughts and opinions of others, rather than the messages that you may want to communicate.

Keep your website up to date and link to lots of other storytelling sites. Encourage others to link to you. The search engines will notice your efforts and give you top results. When someone is looking on Google for a storyteller, they will find the one with a good website.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

CCWOC 2013 Residency Call

Storytellers of Canada - Conteurs du Canada received the following email on 1/12/12. It looks like a great opportunity for the right person.

Call for Applications: Writer/Storyteller-in-Residence
A professional writer and/or storyteller is sought for the position of
Writer/Storyteller‑in‑Residence at the University of Manitoba's Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture. The residency, from about September 5 to December 13, 2013, will require the successful candidate to spend approximately 16 hours per week providing mentorship and practical artistic advice to developing writers and storytellers at the University of Manitoba, to give a limited number of readings and/or performances on campus, and to lead an informal non-credit workshop. The remaining time is to be devoted to the writer or storyteller’s own artistic projects. The successful candidate will receive a salary of $20,000.00 CAD, accommodation and return transportation to Winnipeg.
The Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture is an interdisciplinary centre with a mandate to promote the creation and the study of the verbal arts, both oral and written. Located at the University of Manitoba in the city of Winnipeg, the Centre sponsors readings, lectures, master classes and creative community projects that explore the connections between oral and written culture. Winnipeg is renowned for its vibrant arts community and its multicultural citizenry, including the largest urban population of Aboriginal people in North America. The Centre builds upon these local cultural strengths as a basis for its creative and critical work. To learn more about the Centre, visit
Applicants should provide a covering letter summarizing their qualifications for the position and describing the artistic and mentoring work they would undertake during the residency. Applications must also include a CV or résumé of career achievements (publications, performances, awards, residencies), a writing sample of no more than 20 pages (double-spaced and typed in a standard 12-point font) and two letters of reference discussing the applicant’s skills as an artist and a mentor.
Candidates of all nationalities are encouraged to apply; however, full proficiency in English is required, and publications or performance credits in English would be an asset. The Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture is committed to principles of employment equity. The application deadline is Wednesday, October 24, 2012.
Electronic submissions of application materials are accepted at the Centre’s email address, but attachments must be in Microsoft Word, PDF, RTF or DocX only. Please direct inquiries and electronic application materials to Applicants may also submit hardcopy applications to:
Dr. Warren Cariou, Director
Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture, University of Manitoba
391 University College, 220 Dysart Road
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2M8 CANADA
Books and other materials sent in support of applications will not be returned.
Jessica Woolford, M.A.
Assistant to the Director
Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture
391 University College, 220 Dysart Road
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T2M8
ph: 204.480.1065
fax: 204.261.0021

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