Stories are medicine…They have such power; they do not require that we do, be, act anything – we need only listen. Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Since I was old enough to remember, I have enjoyed making up stories and performing. Once I became “too old” to tell stories and put on impromptu shows, I transferred my love of stories to the medium of writing. It wasn’t until I was a fully grown adult living in Newfoundland that I discovered one is never actually “too old” to tell stories out loud and put on impromptu shows. This was in the Crow’s Nest Officer’s Club, accessible only by narrow staircase, a venerable establishment overlooking the Narrows of St. John’s Harbour. In short, it was the perfect venue to realize my latent talent of oral storytelling. From my first informal “tell” (a ghost story), I quickly graduated to competing and almost winning the Story Slam at the St. John’s Storytelling Festival. Through rubbing elbows with experienced tellers like Dale Jarvis and Mary Fearon, I developed confidence in my style and began to call myself what I had always been: a storyteller.
Storytelling is a versatile art, and one that has the power to bring people together like no other artistic medium can. It is under the shared experience of listening to a story, well told, that people can give free rein to their imaginations. I believe in storytelling’s power as a tool to connect people and create community. But it’s also a deeply satisfying form of entertainment.
I have led the popular Haunted History Tour, which I created, in Radville, Saskatchewan since 2012. I use storytelling in my work as a folklorist and community engagement specialist, and as such have reached hundreds of people in dozens of communities. I also enjoy storytelling for the pure sake of sharing story. I am available for storytelling engagements in a variety of venues and contexts.
I have competed with the wind to tell stories outside, with buzzing fluorescent lightbulbs in libraries, schools, and meeting rooms, with the cavernous echoing of auditoriums, and with the spirited hubbub common in pubs and beer parlours. In all these varied venues, my voice, and the story it told, won out in the end. I have told stories to children, to adults, to seniors, to professionals, dreamers, to the marginalized and the incarcerated. Stories can be tongue-in-cheek, send a chill up your spine, bring a tear to your eye, and leave you pondering the mysteries of life. The best stories contain all those elements, and more.
My repertoire is varied and malleable and representative of many corners of the world, both this one and that other one, the one where all the best stories live. I specialize in stories of the prairies, and I can tell a story or stories to suit any occasion.
To request Kristin’s storytelling at your event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.