Telling the Old Stories for School-aged Children


Date: Saturday, March 2
Time: 10 am – 12 pm
Location: Cochrane Centre meeting room – entrance at 42 Bannerman St.





Cost: $25 (cash or e-transfer)

Please register in advance by e-mailing !

We are thrilled to be welcoming Jennifer Cayley, who is here to launch her late partner Jan Andrews book To See The Stars with Running the Goat Books & Broadsides. While in St. John’s, Jennifer will be conducting a workshop and performing a show for all ages at the AC Hunter Children’s Library (see Events for more details). It is an honour and a delight to be able to take advantage of her storytelling expertise in this workshop!


Often when people begin telling, especially in the context of story swaps of one kind or another, their audiences are adults. Sometimes moving out to tell to young audiences can feel a bit scary. Even if you are not someone who is nervous about the “riot factor” in telling to children, you may want to hone your telling skills and just spend some time thinking about the contexts in which you tell.

We will explore the hows and whys of telling stories, especially the traditional ones, to school aged children in these digital times. We’ll examine what the differences between telling to adults and children might or might not be. The workshop will combine discussion with creative exercises and a deep dive into a few tales; a dive that will help you reach your young audiences with maximum impact.



Jennifer Cayley has been telling stories professionally across Canada and beyond, for more than a quarter century. Her repertoire includes traditional, epic, literary, historical and personal material. Jennifer believes passionately that stories, especially the old stories, are important to all of us as we struggle to understand the shape and meaning of our lives. She has also been an award winning arts advocate and administrator, working primarily with arts education and storytelling.

A big THANK YOU to Running the Goat Books and Broadsides for bringing Jennifer here to share the magic of her stories with us!


Introduction to Storytelling with Gary Green

: March 6 – April 3, 2019

Time: Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Location: Cochrane Centre meeting room – entrance at 42 Bannerman St.





Workshop leader: Gary Green

Cost: $95
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People are natural storytellers.  We tell stories around kitchen tables, at parties, in the workplace and at countless other gatherings. Have you ever wanted to tell a story in a more formal setting or improve your telling skills but just didn’t know how to go about it?

An introduction to the art of Newfoundland and Labrador storytelling may be just what you need.  Through instruction and a series of practical exercises you will be introduced to the basics of how to select, learn and perform stories such as tall tales, folktales, ghost stories and the famous ‘Jack’ tales. Up for writing your own? Some of these classic techniques will help you understand what makes a great story and support you in crafting tales of your own.

Our Intro class will culminate on Wednesday, April 10th at our monthly Story Circle, where students who are up for it can share some of what they’ve learned or worked on in front of a warm and generous audience. Stories and recitations will be no longer than ten minutes, and we guarantee that you will have lots of fun and lots of encouragement!



GARY GREEN is a storyteller and author who has performed both inside and outside the province for a variety of groups ranging from youth camps to international conferences.   Among the groups for which he has performed are the Gros Morne Fall Fest, Cape St. Mary’s Performance Series, Battle Harbour Historic Trust, Canadian National Storytelling Conference, Admiralty House Museum, Labrador Creative Arts Festival, St. John’s Folk Festival and Trails, Tales and Tunes. Gary has performed on television as part of the series “Legends and Lore of the North Atlantic” and on several radio stations. He has performed in the international award winning productions “Inside Outside Battery” and “Foghorns and Heartbreak”.  Gary has been a consultant for the use of storytelling in the interpretation of the Battle Harbour National Historic Site, the Point Amour Lighthouse Provincial Historic Site and is very active in developing and delivering a story-based interpretation of The Crow’s Nest Officers’ Club National Historic Site.  He has been a board member of the St. John’s Storytelling Festival, and a founding board member of the Soundbone Traditional Arts Foundation. Gary teaches storytelling at the annual Vinland Music Camp.

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