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Arts & Culture

Storyteller in Residence

The 2022 Storyteller in Residence is Mary Hays

Connecting people to new ideas and stories

The Storyteller in Residence is a new residency that includes workshops, one-on-one consultations, and the gathering of stories from the community. Storytellers and listeners of all ages will find elements to enjoy during this residency.

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Mary Hays is our 2022 Storyteller in Residence

Mary’s storytelling adventures have taken her across Canada, to Brazil, and to London, England.  In Alberta, she has toured widely, telling stories from Fort Chipewyan to Milk River, from Wainwright to Banff, and all the urban centers. 

Mary enjoys sharing folktales, family, and historical stories with audiences of all ages – especially stories that touch the heart and probe with humour what it means to be present in this time and place. She works online and in-person in schools, museums, libraries, cemeteries, cafes, and tipis – wherever stories are told.

Mary is an active member of Storytelling Alberta, Storytelling Alberta Calgary Chapter, and Storytellers of Canada - Conteurs du Canada. 

The Storyteller in Residence is pleased to consult with storytellers of all ages.

Book a virtual one-on-one consultation to discuss story craft, delivery technique, or whatever aspect of storytelling you would like to explore.

To book a one-hour consultation, please use our booking calendar.

Recommended reads from the Storyteller in Residence

When it comes to history's greatest storytellers, Mary Hays thinks these authors are on top of their craft. Browse these titles to find your own story crafting inspiration. 

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Attend free programs and learn from the Storyteller in Residence

Attend online programs with Mary Hays during her residency. Registration is available online. 

See the programs