Looking for an interesting way to spend your Thursday afternoons? The Rooms, in St. John's, Newfoundland, invites you to drop in to their new adult program Coffee & Culture every Thursday from 2:30 to 3:30 pm and meet new people while exploring art and culture. Included in the price of admission to The Rooms, the series will feature talks and tours, films and workshops and even provide complimentary coffee or tea at The Rooms Café.
On Thursday, February 11, 2:30 - 3:30 pm, Coffee & Culture features “Celtic Tales of Love” visiting British Columbia-based storyteller Mary Gavan as she weaves traditional tales of love and discusses their Celtic significance.
Gavan comes from a family who wintered in Scotland and summered in Ireland. She grew up tramping to and fro, enjoying the songs and stories of her grandparents and country folk. Enamoured by the traditional legends, Mary told at festivals, established and emerging. The proximity of Europe enabled her to tell from Norway to France.
Stories were also an integral part of her work as a nurse, especially in her specialty of palliative care with families in the community. She became a story catcher of her experiences as a midwife to the dying.
Coming to Canada, Mary realized the need to open up the traditional legends in order to explain their Celtic significance. Rewriting parts of the story soon led to writing her own stories, weaving together strands of ordinary life experienced with understandings of Celtic knowledge learnt.
Nationally, Mary is the 2008 – 2009 president of Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada, and a past editor of the guild’s newsletter. She continues as the treasurer, publicist and performer for the Vancouver Storytellers. Nonetheless, she finds time to tell across the country and especially within her province of BC with occasional storytelling journeys back to Europe and her Celtic Countries.