Storytelling Festival Announces Expansion of Programming


May 8, 2018 (St. John’s, NL) – The St. John’s Storytelling Festival is thrilled and delighted to announce the expansion of their programming through 2018, including solo and group shows, workshops, storytelling in schools, and much more. They’re starting it off right with Spring Into Story, featuring local teller Christine Hennebury and welcoming to St. John’s the talented and compelling Sage Tyrtle.

Sage is an award winning Toronto-based storyteller who has been known to “…[make] us gasp, laugh, cry, and then cheer so loudly that strangers look in from the street…” says Marsha Shandur, producer of True Stories Told Live. Sage’s performances captivate audiences as she moves through a diverse roster of characters, transforming from a devastated father into a hyperactive teenage girl using only voice and simple gesture; from gruff bully to defiant defender. Her convincing and emotionally complex portrayals invite us into her world.

Sage will be here for a whirlwind 36 hours in which she’ll present a workshop on Telling Compelling Personal Stories, and a solo show where her wit, thoughtfulness, and emotional range will enchant her audience. This is a show not to be missed!


On May 27th, young tellers can dip their toes in the art of storytelling with local teller Christine Hennebury.

Christine is not only a storyteller, but an author and actor with a robust background leading storytelling in schools. With compassion, insight, and humour, Christine will help tellers aged 12 – 15 to write tales from scratch, or transform stories from their own lives into fabulous tales to share in writing or on stage.

If you’ve ever seen Christine tell in person you know that she is warm and witty and will make these young tellers feel right at home. This is an exciting time for the St. John’s Storytelling Festival, and they couldn’t be more excited to share this art with you in the coming months.

Visit their website to get all the details: The St. John’s Storytelling Festival began in 2003 under the auspices of the St. John’s Folk Arts Council (now the NL Folk Arts Society) and has grown to a full week of events that include workshops, school visits, and concerts.

The St. John’s Storytelling Festival also hosts a monthly Storytelling Circle at the Crow’s Nest Officers’ Club.

Please see for more information.


Media contact: Kailey Bryan, Festival Manager St. John’s Storytelling Festival Email: Tel: 709-687-7300