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An eight-day celebration of this province’s art and tradition of storytelling kicked off Tuesday evening with a storyteller brought all the way from Ireland.

The St. John’s Storytelling Festival promotes storytelling in Newfoundland and Labrador and throughout the country, as well as to foster creative expression of the art. The organization hosts workshops, exploring the province’s oral traditions, throughout the year, and produces the Storytelling Circle on the second Thursday of every month. This year, the festival also ran a school touring project, with seven local storytellers travelling to 10 schools across the province to conduct workshops and host concerts.

The seventh annual festival started with a workshop at Admiralty House Museum hosted by Irish storyteller Clare Muireann Murphy. Murphy is known for using her voice and body as a single instrument when telling stories, by dancing her way through them.


Events for the rest of the festival:

•  Wednesday, March 9, 7-8 p.m.

    The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery and Archives

    Event: “On the Heels of the Hound”   with Irish storyteller Clare Muireann Murphy

    Free Admission

•  Wednesday, March 9, 9:30 p.m.

    Place: Ship Pub, 265 Duckworth, St. John’s

    Event: 5-Minute Story Slam with host Ruthanne Edward and music by Stan Pickett.

    Admission: $5

•  Thursday, March 10, 8-9 p.m.

    The Crow's Nest Officers Club, beside the War Memorial, Duckworth St., St. John’s

    Event: War Time Stories to Inspire Peace, with storyteller Petronella Van Dijk

    Admission: $10

•  Friday, March 11, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

    A.C. Hunter Library, Arts and Culture Centre, St. John’s

    Event: Storytelling for Children, with Clare Muireann Murphy and Maria Mills

    Free Admission

•  Friday, March 11, 8-9 p.m.

    Gower Street United Church Hall

    Event: Five Minute Friday, a Storytelling Cabaret, with Delf Hohmann (host), and Anita Best, Carol Dwyer, Ruthanne Edward, Didi Gillard-Rowlings, Gary Green, Dave Paddon, Dave Penny, and Ellen Power

    Admission: $10

•  Saturday, March 12, 1-3 p.m.

    Gower Street United Church Hall

    Event: Finding Your Voice, storytelling workshop with Clare Muireann Murphy

    Admission: $20        

    Pre-register by emailing:

•  Saturday, March 12, 8-9:30 p.m.

    Gower Street United Church Hall

    Event: Stories from Here and Away, a storytelling concert, with Kelly Russell (host), and Clare Muireann Murphy, Marc Cormier and Petronella Van Dijk.

    Admission: $10

•  Tuesday, March 15

    5:30-11:30 p.m.

    The Ship Pub, 265 Duckworth

    Event: The Jack Cycle, tales from the life of Jack, Newfoundland’s favourite hero, with Chris Brookes (host), and Andy Jones, Anita Best, Marc Cormier, Ford Elms and Mary Fearon, Richard Cashin, Marjorie Doyle, Ryan Cleary and John Fitzgerald.

    Admission is $5.

Organizations: Admiralty House Museum, The Crow's Nest Officers Club, Gower Street United Church Hall Event

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Ireland.The St. John, Gower Street

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