The Role of the Listener


The role of listeners has never been fully appreciated. However, it is well known that most people don’t listen. They use the time when someone else is speaking to think of what they’re going to say next. True Listeners have always been revered among oral cultures, and prized for their rarity value; bards and poets are ten a cow, but a good Listener is hard to find, or at least hard to find twice.

— Terry Pratchett, Pyramids
— (Quote found by Sandy)

Two More WSD Events in Hamilton and Stoney Creek, 2013

Two more local World Storytelling Day events.

March 16th at 7:30 p.m. in Hamilton at the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre

Jean Ryan and Darlene Chrissley perform ‘Women, Fortune & Fate.’   Hear stories fictional, historical and present day.  Jean’s concerts are always fabulously received and most often sold out.  You can get tickets ($15.00) and more information at this site:

March 23rd at 2:00 at the Stoney Creek Branch of the Hamilton Public Library
(131 Gray Road)

Members of the Hamilton Storytelling  Circle will present a family concert.  This is our first collaboration with the Stoney Creek Branch and we are very excited.  Admission is Free!

Carol Leigh Wehking and Brenda Byers Present “The Cobbler and the Outlaw”, Sunday, March 17, 2013, Cambridge

Dear Friends,

We hope you will join us for an entertaining afternoon! Please see the poster below. Wired-Up Pugs Cafe-Bistro is the new cafe in the former “O’Keefe Cottage Cafe” building. Tickets are by reservation only, so don’t delay – we are usually sold out well ahead!
Glenna and Brenda Concert 2013
Carol Leigh and Brenda
(“And More…” Storytellers)

What: A tea-time concert of stories and ballads
When: Sunday, March 17, 2013
Where: Wired Up Pugs Cafe-Bistro, 93 Grand Avenue South, Cambridge
Time: 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Other: Tea and Stories $20.
Contact: Vid at 519-624-1849

Anna Kerz at Waterloo Region Museum Saturday, February 23, 2013

The wonderful Anna Kerz is coming to the Waterloo Region Museum this Saturday, Feb 23 at 2:00. Don’t miss her storytelling concert:

Anna Kerz with music by Susanne Farrow – With a Stone in my Pocket

How do you buy chicken soup in Toronto when even your chickens don’t speak English?

It takes a little ingenuity and a lot of courage as you will hear. Beginning in an Austrian D.P. camp in the early 50’s, and ending in a skinny, stuck-together rooming house in Toronto, Anna’s lively tales are filled with characters and experiences that will touch your heart and tickle your funny bone. Accented by Susanne Farrow’s evocative music, these stories have a universal quality that will resonate with anyone who remembers their childhood.

Advance tickets $10 (plus HST). To purchase tickets call 519-748-1914.

November 2012 Special Guest — Susan Charters

On Friday, November 14 we welcome Susan Charters to The Button Factory.

Susan Charters is a storyteller, writer, teacher and musician from Orillia, Ontario. Her commitment to the power of oral storytelling shows in her storytelling style, which is welcoming and compelling, building on a strong connection with the audience to carry the tales she shares