Story Walk

Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
MUN Botanical Garden, 306 Mount Scio Road

Free with admission

Discover trails and tales of enchantment in forests, gardens, ponds and fairy lands; join Jack on a wild adventure, and share traditional Inuit tales from Nunavut. Host Catherine Wright and featured tellers Anne Glover, Chris Driedzic, Ashley Savard, Mary Fearon, and a couple burgeoning young storytellers 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.

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Catherine Wright is a multidisciplinary artist and storyteller from St. John’s, NL where she works as a performer, arts educator and creator of works on silk. Catherine tells a variety of stories including folk and fairy tales, personal stories and her own imaginative tales. Her performances often interweave storytelling with movement/ dance and song. She enjoys stories for their ability to transport, inform, entertain, transfix… They remind us of commonalities and help break down boundaries, allow us to be in the moment while taking us to another time and place. Catherine has presented independently and in collaboration with storytellers, dancers, musicians at many community events, festivals and venues (outdoors, galleries, theatres, libraries…) for a range of audiences from preschoolers to seniors.

For many years, Catherine has been a versatile arts educator. She has conducted diverse projects and has toured to provincial schools. She was recipient of Memorial University’s Arts in Education Award for 2016, administered by ArtsNL.

Catherine is NL provincial representative for Storytellers of Canada and President of the St. John’s Storytelling Festival.

Chris Driedzic is a muli-disciplinary artist who grew up in New Brunswick, schooled in Quebec and settled in St. John’s with his Newfoundland wife to make art, raise kids and renovate a historic trunk factory into their home and studio. His work has a joie de vivre that engages and amuses audiences. He has rock ’n’ rolled on the stages of the St. John’s pubs, composed for dance and written and performed for the theatre in both french and english. Chris is most delighted by his last fifteen years of work creating cross-curricular art projects with hundreds of children through the ArtsSmarts program. These days you can find him developing interactive theatre pieces for Provincial Historic Sites of Newfoundland and Labrador, or sharing the history and stories of Cape Spear with Parks Canada. After decades of carrying on and holding court at parties, Chris is happy to finally get to share a tale for the Storytelling Festival. 

Anne Glover has made her living as a performer for most of her adult life. From Tofino to Tokyo, Hamilton to Honolulu, she enthralls audiences of all ages with her unique storytelling style and her unforgettable string figures. A natural communicator, Anne followed her love of languages and studied linguistics and languages at the University of Toronto, then Université Laval in Quebec City. She ended up teaching English as a second language to adults in Quebec, and happened into performing because she enjoyed telling stories to keep her students awake during class. When she moved to the west coast in the 1980’s, she widened her audience and began telling stories for children. She toured for several years with musician David Kaetz before finding her footing as a solo performer in 1998. Since then, she has toured extensively in Canada, the US, and more recently Japan and Hawaii.

In addition to entertaining in schools, theatres, festivals and folk clubs, Anne leads workshops and speaks at educational and parenting conferences. She has been a mentor to several teachers on the art of integrating storytelling across the curriculum.

Ashley Savard is a Inuk artist & storyteller from Iqaluit, Nunavut. Having grown up in such a rich storytelling culture, Ashley has always know the importance of sharing stories and most 
importantly, preserving traditional Inuit legends and myths that have been passed down orally for hundreds of years. Ashley has completed the acting essential program at Vancouver Film School and has done storytelling and acting workshops at the Labrador Creative Arts Festival 2017. Ashley has a passion for all mediums of storytelling, she is an aspiring film maker and is in the early stages of making her first short film.

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