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{5:00 – 7:00 PM} FESTIVAL LAUNCH & BOOK LAUNCH with Running the Goat, Books & BroadsidesLocation: The Rocket Room, Rocket Bakery, 272 Water Street
Admission: Free!

Celebrate the beginning of the festival and the launch of two new books with stories from Andy Jones and Dave Paddon, and music by Sandy Morris and Craig Young! Delicious treats provided by Rocket Bakery.

{7:30 PM} STORY CIRCLE Hosted by Harry Ingram

Location: The Crow’s Nest Officer’s Club

Admission: $3

Join host Harry Ingram and an incredible roster of featured tellers: Karen Carroll, Ivan Coyote, and Stella Mair Evans. Have a story to throw into the mix? We’d love to hear it!



An evening of adventure with Ivan Coyote

Location: The Rocket Room, Rocket Bakery, 272 Water Street

Admission: $10

Ivan Coyote grapples with complex issues, personal and broad, expressed with a quick wit, generous heart, and the nuance of a gifted raconteur. Join Ivan for these salty and adventurous tales of identity, exploration, and connection.

{9:00 PM} AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT…Folk Night at The Ship, Hosted by Dale Jarvis

Location: The Ship Pub

Admission: $5

The mysterious, the coincidental, and the downright spooky! Join host Dale Jarvis alongside Elinor Benjamin, Kathy Jessup, Sharon King-Campbell and Eleanor Dawson for stories of luck and superstition in celebration of our 13th anniversary.   Bring a tale or recitation to share during the open mic session.



A Storytelling Workshop with Kathy Jessup

Location: Cannon Wood Hall, St. Thomas Church

Admission: $25

This practical workshop is for those wanting to create their own stories for telling. No matter what type of story you have in mind – true or pretend, historical, fantasy, or adventure – we’ll cover the basics. Participants will come away with the start of a story they can work with.

Pre-registration is required, contact us at storytellingstjohns@gmail.com to sign up!

{9:00 PM} STORIES ON THE SPOT – Improv Stories with Alex Mason

Location: Peter Easton Pub, 29 Cookstown Road

Admission: $5.00

Feel like living on the story edge? Join host Alex Mason and jump into this evening of storytelling games and skits with local improvisers. As a participant or an observer, find out how stories can form themselves mid-sentence.


{3:30 – 4:30 PM}  STORIES FOR KIDS with Elinor Benjamin

Location: AC Hunter Library

Admission: Free

Join visiting teller Elinor Benjamin for an hour of tales that are sure to delight the young and young at heart!

A fun event for kids ages 5 and up.

{4:30 – 6:00 PM} LET’S MAKE A STORY! A Young Tellers Workshop with Kathy Jessup

Location: MMaP Gallery, Arts & Culture Centre

Admission: $10 per child

Kids, ages 8 yrs and up, begin by drawing out scenes from a story and adding words from there. In small groups they will practice their bare-bones stories, with advice on embellishments from Kathy Jessup. Kids will leave with a tale to tell and pictures that can be quickly assembled into a storybook!

Pre-registration is required, contact us at storytellingstjohns@gmail.com to sign up!

{8:00 PM} HOMESPUN – Tales and recitations woven in rural Newfoundland

Location: Gower Street United Church Lecture Hall

Admission: $10

Join us for what is sure to be a festival highlight – an evening of NL tales and recitations homespun by rural tellers Gary Collins, Hubert Furey, Tony Power, Lizzie Croft and Frank Mooney, hosted by Chris Brookes.  


{10:00 AM – 12:00 PM} TALKING THE TALK – A Storytelling Workshop with Ivan Coyote

Location: Cannon Wood Hall, St. Thomas Church

Admission: $25

Join Ivan in this workshop designed to help you transform your nervous energy into a memorable reading or story. Workshop will include tips on selecting material, preparing your self and your work for performance, memorization (or not), and how to make your body language work for you. Bring a pen, paper, questions, and a 3 minute selection of your work to be staged. There will be a short performance and feedback session, time permitting.

Pre-registration is required, contact us at storytellingstjohns@gmail.com to sign up!

{2:00 – 3:30 PM } STORY WALK  

Location: MUN Botanical Garden.

Stories are free with admission to the Botanical Garden.

Discover trails and tales of enchantment in forests, gardens, ponds and fairy lands. Host Catherine Wright and featured tellers Elizabeth Hicks, Elinor Benjamin and Charis Cotter will take you on a tour of the imagination during this story walk inspired by nature.

In the event of rain stories will take place inside the MUN Botanical Garden building.


Location: The Rocket Room, Rocket Bakery, 272 Water Street

Admission: $10

Experience a wide array of stories and storytelling styles with seasoned tellers from home and away. Join host Christine Hennebury and tellers Ivan Coyote, Kathy Jessup, Dave Penny and Frank Holden as they take you on journeys you won’t want to miss!


{1:30 – 2:30 PM} YOUNG VOICES: Kids with Tales to Tell

Location: The Fluvarium

Free with admission

People of all ages have important stories to tell.  This is when we give some of our youngest storytellers their chance to shine!
{3:00 – 4:00 PM} ANIMAL ANTICS! A family performance by Kathy Jessup

Location: The Fluvarium

Free with Admission

Join Kathy for this rollicking set of animal stories, with plenty of audience participation and a wild cast of characters!


Location: Meet at Fort Waldegrave and walk to the War Memorial

Meet at the Crow’s Nest in the event of rain

Admission: Free!

Join storyteller Gary Green on a walking tour through the Battery and hear tales of history and mystery. Wind your way west from the Mystery Monument, carved into the cliff at Fort Waldegrave, and end at the National War Memorial. Enjoy tales of the historic sites along the route, of the Newfoundland Royal Naval Reserve, World War I, and the man commemorated in this Mystery Monument.

{7:00 PM} COUSIN SILAS AND THE MOOSE WOMAN: A Baptist Missionary Meets the Mi’kmaq

A solo performance by Elinor Benjamin

Location: Gower Street United Church Lecture Hall

Admission: $10

A riveting solo performance of Mi’kmaq stories translated by Silas Tertius Rand, a Baptist Missionary and distant relative of performer Elinor Benjamin. Join together in a song and a collective meditation of compassion for those forced from their homes and cultures.

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