The St. John’s Storytelling Festival is thrilled to announce Derrick Dymond as the recipient of the Storytellers of Canada Emerging Teller Award for Newfoundland and Labrador! Derrick will work with mentor Gary Green to prepare a story for the Storytellers of Canada AGM in Fredericton, NB at the beginning of June and will be featured in several upcoming St. John’s Storytelling Events throughout the year. Derrick has shown great promise and we look forward to hearing more from him.
Derrick Dymond was born in St. Johns Newfoundland and moved to his present hometown of Torbay as a teenager in the early 70’s. He remembers as a teenager hanging out at his future in laws as they would host parties full of traditional Irish and Newfoundland music and dancing and how this influenced his love of all things traditional. It wasn’t until his wife Patsy got tired watching him play air guitar and bought him his first real guitar at the age of 45 that he immersed himself in learning to play and sing.
Derrick is chairperson and a founding member of the Torbay Folk Arts Council, as well as a member of the Torbay Folk Group, and the Killick Folk. After watching his good friend Gary Green tell his stories he decided to take part in a storytelling workshop and is hooked. He told his first story as part of the workshop and is now excited to be part of the storytellers circle.