2015 Festival Photo by Graham Blair

2015 Festival

The 2015 St. John’s Storytelling Festival is set for October 6-11 and we can’t wait to share some stories with you!

Questions? Contact Debbie at storytellingstjohns@gmail.com.

Bios of Storytellers, hosts and musicians are posted here.


Tuesday, October 6th
6:30-8:30PM – Workshop with Marta Bruno Singh

Marta Bruno Singh will be helping you bring more of yourself into your stories with this professional development workshop for local tellers. Given Marta’s passionate telling style, you are sure to come away with a new appreciation of how to connect more deeply with your stories and bring their emotional content to life. Location: Canon Wood Hall. Admission: $25. Please register at storytellingstjohns@gmail.com

Wednesday, October 7th
7PM – Engaging Evenings at the Rooms

Marta Bruno Singh shares her stories in this installment of the popular Engaging Evenings series. Location: The Rooms. Admission: $10 ($9 for Rooms Members)

9PM – Jack Tales at the Ship
Everyone loves a good tale about Jack – that hapless but clever boy who always manages to find his way through a difficult situation. Join host Andy Jones, and tellers Mary Fearon, Eleanor Dawson, Ford Elms, and Anita Best for this joint event with the Folk Arts Society. If you have a Jack tale or song to share with us, you can take the stage during the open mic in the middle of this event. Location: The Ship Pub Admission: $5.00 (19+ only)

Thursday, October 8th
2:30PM – Coffee & Culture

An intriguing afternoon of stories with storyteller Jean Pierre Makosso, part of The Rooms Coffee & Culture series. Location: The Rooms. Admission: Free with admission to The Rooms

7PM – Young Voices
People of all ages have important stories to tell, this is when we give some of our youngest storytellers their chance to shine. Featuring Ava Whitten (host), Dylan Pike, Noah Taylor, Ella Clarke, Emily Garlie and Patrick Handrigan. Location: Signal Hill Interpretation Centre. Free Admission.

9PM – Improv Storytelling
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 and find out how stories can form themselves mid-sentence. Peter Easton Pub, 29 Cookstown Road. Admission: $5.00

Friday, October 9th
3:30PM – Children’s Stories at the Library
Join visiting teller Marta Bruno Singh for an hour of children’s tales that are sure to delight kids of all ages. Location: AC Hunter Library. Admission: Free

7PM – Seven at Seven
A fast-paced cabaret of stories, songs, and recitations featuring a variety of local performers including host Chris Brookes, Stella Mair Evans, Charis Cotter, Jim Payne, Peter Laracy, Kevin Noseworthy, Hubert Furey and Dave Penny. Location: Signal Hill Interpretation Centre. Admission: $12 for Adults and $8 for those over 65 or under 18

Saturday, October 10th
10AM – Workshop with Jean Pierre Makosso

Join visiting teller Jean Pierre as he leads storytellers through intensive performance-based training in the methods used in the beautiful Vili tribe art of storytelling. The methods are a combination of drama, dance, music, song, clapping hands, and body movements to express different moods. Location: MMAP Room, Arts and Culture Centre, St. John’s Admission $25. Please register at storytellingstjohns@gmail.com

2PM – Afternoon Storytelling Walk
Add a new level of enjoyment to your stroll through the MUN Botanical Garden as you encounter a variety of storytellers, including Catherine Wright, Gary Green, Anita Best and Kevin Noseworthy waiting throughout the Garden to share a story with you. Location: MUN Botanical Garden. Stories are free with admission to the Botanical Garden. RAIN LOCATION: Inside the MUN Botanical Garden building.

8PM : Tales from Here and Afar
All good stories must come to an end, and so must all festivals. We’ll be closing out this year’s festival in style with a concert hosted by Christine Hennebury and featuring Marta Bruno Singh, Jean Pierre Makosso and Harry Ingram. Location: Rocket Room. Admission: $12 for Adults and $8 for those over 65 or under 18

Sunday, October 11th
2PM – Family Story Event with Jean Pierre Makosso

Jean Pierre will engage your whole family in the magic of story during this exciting event for all ages. Location: The Fluvarium. Stories are free with admission to The Fluvarium.