Two storytelling CDs being launched in Summerside next week

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SUMMERSIDE – Two storytelling CDs will be launched in Summerside next week when Culture Summerside hosts the Storytellers of Canada annual conference.

StorySave, a program of Storytellers of Canada - Conteurs du Canada (SC-CC), will launch its 12th CD, “A World of Stories: Stories from Russia, Persia, and the North American Prairies” by Toronto storyteller Celia Lottridge on July 3. As well, the program’s 13th CD, “Two Women of The Odyssey - Nausicaa and Penelope” by Jan Andrews, will be launched July 2.

The National Storytelling Conference: “The Island Way 2014” will be happening in Summerside July 2 to 6. This is the 22nd annual conference of the SC-CC.

With 2014 being the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown conference, it’s the perfect time to celebrate Canadian storytelling, the Island Way.

Andrews’s CD launch takes place on July 2 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Shipyard Market, Summerside.

The launch of Lottridge’s CD will befrom 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Trinity Church, Summerside. Both launches are open to the public.

The StorySave Program was established by SC-CC as a means of enhancing storytelling’s living contribution to Canada’s oral and literary heritage through the recording of voices of elders from the Canadian storytelling community for reproduction on and distribution through CD recordings, and the audio website. Tellers selected for inclusion are those who tell out of very particular repertoires, and have something unique to offer.

Jan Andrews has been a crucial artist and leader within the Canadian storytelling community. She was the first president of SC-CC and founded the organization’s StorySave project. She also served as artistic director of two long-running Ottawa storytelling series, and co-produced and performed in complete tellings of “The Iliad,” “The Odyssey” and “The Mahabharata.”

Ancient works have been integral to her career, making Homer a natural choice for her StorySave CD recording. As Andrews explains, “The works of Homer are, of course, so ancient but they are also forever new. Each time I tell the tales of Nausicaa and Penelope these two women step forth into our world with vivid life: Nausicaa brimming with youth, Penelope worn to the bone with waiting and yet able to rejoice when at last her moment comes. Carrying Homer’s legacy forward is a privilege and I rejoice in it.”

Andrews is also an author of books for young people including the award-winning “Silent Summer,” and the classic “Very Last First Time.”

Celia Lottridge has been a foundational member of the storytelling community. She is co-founder of Storytelling Toronto, co-founder and former director of the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program and author of many award-winning children's books including retellings of folktales and novels based on family stories.

Family stories are important to Lottridge and her new three-CD set for StorySave is a collection of stories that she grew up with and stories she has come to especially love, each masterfully told in her trademark mesmerizing style.

For more information, visit the StorySave website at http://www.storysave.wordpress.com.

Organizations: SC-CC, North American Prairies, Island Way Trinity Church Storytelling Toronto

Geographic location: Summerside, Canada, Russia Toronto Charlottetown Ottawa

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