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Alice Kane StorySave CD to be launched in Newfoundland

A three CD set of stories by the late Canadian storyteller Alice Kane is set to be launched at a major storytelling conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland, this July.

The recordings of Kane’s stories is part of StorySave, a program of Storytellers of Canada / Conteurs du Canada which records the voices of elders from the Canadian storytelling community.

“Her storytelling and teaching inspired many storytellers now active in Toronto and all of Canada,” says storyteller Lynda Howes, past chair of StorySave Committee, and present chair of the Toronto production committee.

“Alice spent her earliest years in Northern Ireland, and her telling of Irish hero tales and folk tales was magical,” Howes says. “The set includes The Story of Flann and a number of folk tales and wondertales from the Celtic tradition.”

A deeply literate person, trained as a librarian and full of respect for books, Alice Kane was a primary figure in the revitalization of storytelling that led to the establishment of the Toronto Storytellers School and the city's famed storytelling festival. She contributed greatly to a rich cultural life in Ontario by encouraging storytellers from many different cultures to share their stories.

As a librarian in the Toronto Public Library's "Golden Age," Alice Kane played a major role in developing the library's world-renowned children's library services. She trained, influenced and inspired many other librarians to provide children with the best and most significant access to the world's literatures. In the process, Ms Kane also offered access to the world of wonders to be found in oral narratives.

“These previously recorded stories have been rescued from deteriorating cassettes,” says Howse. “We are delighted that Alice’s voice and feeling for the stories will now be available to a wide audience.”

The CD set will be launched as part of the Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada International Storytelling Conference to be held Wednesday, July 28 to Sunday, August 1, 2010 in historic St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.

For more on the conference, subscribe to the conference blog at:
http://storytellingstjohns.blogspot.com

For more on the life and work of Alice Kane, see:
http://www.umanitoba.ca/cm/cmarchive/vol19no6/alicekane.html

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