My new role as a facilitator

This January I started something new to me. I read about it happening in the U.K. – a storyteller invited experienced tellers to a facilitated group for working on stories. I have long wanted to find the vehicle for teaching others about things I’ve learned in the course of 27+ years telling stories […]

An Honour and a Delight

Storytellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada [SC-CC] is delighted to announce:
2011 STORYKEEPER Award Recipient Melanie Ray of Vancouver, BC

For Immediate Release
May 5, 2011 – Storytellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada (SC-CC) is thrilled to announce that the winner of the 2nd annual STORYKEEPER AWARD/PRIX GUARDIENNE DES CONTES is Vancouver storyteller, Melanie Ray. The award will be […]

Angela Carter’s Book of Fairy Tales

This book was published (by Virago Press) in 2005, and although I have heard of it, and of Angela Carter, this fall has been the first time I have read it. I read it cover to cover. I read it as you would a novel you could not get back to fast enough. […]

A Job, a giggle

My search for work turned up an unusual job for me last week.  I laughed out loud when I read the notice for it, sent me by a friend who knows me well.  I answered the ad and indeed, got accepted!  Two days later I packed up a suitcase full of clothes and headed across […]

Back home at last

What an amazing summer holiday! Yes, I had work too, wonderful work telling at the international storytelling festival in Wales, and in several places in Newfoundland, but I made holiday too!  Just to BE in Wales, and Cornwall, see friends in other parts of England, have a too brief stay in London, a longer […]

Coming up soon! I am off to Wales to tell Tristan and Iseult

The Beyond the Border Wales International Storytelling Festival is happening July 2-4, 2010, and I have been invited to tell some stories there, including the medieval epic “Tristan and Iseult.”  (you can hear a piece of it elsewhere on my website.)  I am, underneath layers of anxiety concerning papers and prep and time, very VERY […]

“A Song of Small” May 14, 2010, in Nanaimo, B.C., Canada

It’s May, it’s May, the lusty month of May – and I am not dancing under a May tree with my sweetheart, but I am having a lot of fun working up the Emily Carr stories for this last of my spring 2010 bookings for this piece.  I am smoothing out wrinkles, keeping the words […]

Update on “A Song of Small”- Emily Carr stories on two Gulf Islands in British Columbia

The two shows already done of the three I had booked went well.

Andrea and David Spalding hosted me on Pender Island, and there was a sold out house.  Now it was IN a house, so 35 people pretty much filled the space, but what a wonderful, receptive, playful 35 folks they were! Emily was a […]

March 20th is World Storytelling Day

There is a net of stories being flung around the globe this spring equinox and Vancouver is a part of it. The Vancouver Society of Storytelling is hosting three tellers I love listening to – Nan Gregory, Kira van Deusen and Jean Pierre Makosso – each telling some juicy part of an epic story. […]

Emily on the Road

Confirmed this week, I have two presentations of “A Song of Small” on the Gulf Islands in British Columbia this spring. April 23rd on Pender Island and April 24th on Saturna Island.  Emily Carr is better known for her paintings, often studies of the wilds of B.C.’s coastal forests, but she also wrote books […]

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