St. John’s Storytelling is calling Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, home or away, to participate in one of the largest story collection projects in our province’s history!
“Home Out of It – Tonic Tales For Troubled Times” invites folks with strong connections to our province to submit their stories. We want to hear the stories you told your kids, the tall tales from grandparents or your own heartfelt personal story. From those submissions, St. John’s Storytelling will be releasing an eight episode podcast hosted and produced by award winning radio documentarist Chris Brookes.
The project follows in the footsteps of one of the greatest artworks to emerge from a past pandemic: Giovanni Boccacio’s Decameron. The Decameron is a collection of 100 stories of love, tragedy, wit and guile, collected in Italy during the scourge of the Bubonic Plague.
Sharing stories is the way we’ve maintained our connections to each other during this current global pandemic and with our rich and varied culture of storytelling it seems only right that we scour the world to create a compendium of tales from Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. Anyone from our province or who has made their home here, or those that have a strong connection to Newfoundland and Labrador can submit stories. We want this project to be as expansive and rich as our communities are, featuring stories from seniors, and folks who self-identify as Indigenous, persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+, and newcomers.
Stories do not need to be COVID19 -themed. Any theme or style, contemporary, historical, folk tale, fairy tale, personal, mythical, legend, ballad or rhyming recitation; we want to hear them all! “Home Out of It” seeks to paint a portrait of a contemporary province that weaves together modern stories with those that have lived here for generations.