Simms lecture to highlight International Development Week Feb. 3-7

Published on January 20, 2014

CHARLOTTETOWN – Master storyteller, Laura Simms will be a special guest for UPEI’s International Development Week, Feb. 3 to 7.

Simms is a recipient of the Brimstone Award for Engaged Storytelling, the CHOICE award for best story collection and Sesame Street’s Sunny Days award for her work with children worldwide. She will present a lecture, "Healing Through Story," in the Alex H. MacKinnon Auditorium, Don and Marion McDougall Hall at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 6.

A reception and book signing will follow in Schurman Market Square.

Tickets to the lecture are available for $20.

Simms is the mother of Ishmael Beah, former child soldier from Sierra Leone, and author of "A Long Way Gone," an international bestseller.

The theme of International Development Week is, International Storytelling. The full schedule of events is available at