SUMMERSIDE — Three Island storytellers with very different tales to tell will be featured at the Island Storytelling Festival on Saturday evening.
Summerside’s St. Mary’s Anglican Church is the setting for the event, which is now in its ninth year.
Presenting the festival is Culture Summerside with support from Canadian Heritage and the P.E.I. government.
Featured storytellers are Marian Bruce, Andy Walker and Gary Evans.
Bruce lives in High Bank on a farm overlooking the Northumberland Strait in southern Kings County, where she was born and raised.
She has had an extensive career across Canada as a newspaper and radio broadcaster. Since returning to the Island, Bruce has written five books all dealing with aspects of Island history. Her most recent book, “Remembering Old Dan: Farm Horses and People of Prince Edward Island”, won the non-fiction Island Book of the Year award for 2012.
For the past 12 years Walker has been the editor of the Island Farmer, as well as a freelance writer for a number of regional, national and international publications.
Prior to that, Walker worked full-time for both The Guardian and the Journal Pioneer newspapers out of Montague, Summerside and Charlottetown. His storytelling will reveal much about the life of a newspaperman.
Evans works as a lawyer with the federal Department of Justice in Charlottetown. His move to rural P.E.I. from Toronto at the age of nine was a profound cultural shock that influenced his perceptions and is the inspiration for many of his stories. He also performs various impersonations of local political figures.
The festival gets underway at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10. Light refreshments are served.