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BRENDA BYERS
STORYWYSE

Professional Storyteller from Burlington, Ontario

ABOUT BRENDA

My childhood was fraught with perils. I taunted the monsters in my closet who gave up trying to scare me because it was no fun, booby-trapped the neighbourhood bully’s boxing gloves, and remained bravely left-handed when my first year Kindergarten teacher flunked me for faking it. Though cautioned that I would surely fall in, I tested the manholes on our street and threw stones in through the grates. Clearly, the adults had been over-cautious in their warnings.

I had everything my Mother had on a smaller scale: a broom and dustpan, a wringer washing machine with a handle that made it gyrate and a real wringer that I turned by hand while feeding clothes through, and an iron with which I pressed my dolls’ clothes that heated up to almost a sizzle when I tapped it with my wet finger. We worked well together, my mother and me, as she told stories about the old-fashioned way she and her mother worked together when Mum was a child.

And then at the age of 4 years, I started Kindergarten. That didn’t go very well. I flunked my first year because I coloured with my left hand but cut with scissors using my right hand so the teacher thought I was faking being left-handed. She didn’t notice that my left-handed colouring was by far more artistically creative than my right-handed colouring when I wasn’t made to sit on my hand. Second year went much better. We had a new teacher who appreciated my skills in being left and right-handed at the same time.

TESTIMONIALS

We have been captured by the storytelling circles and attend whenever possible thanks to Brenda who sets an example for other storytellers to emulate.

Brenda has an extraordinary knack of enchanting her storytelling audience of adults and children alike. We, the listeners are transported to the world she creates and we are reluctant to come back.

It is always a delight to hear your stories and ballads. You have a fascinating repertoire, and new additions are beautifully crafted. You have an enviable way of finding just the right story or song to suit your own style, your voice, your audience, and your intentions with any set. I look forward to hearing more.

Brenda did a 90-minute storytelling presentation for my graduate Library and Information Science students at The University of Western Ontario. Her quirky sense of humour and joyous presence is a delight to behold. I’d hire Brenda again in a heartbeat.

Brenda has a wonderful rapport with her listeners. An added bonus to her telling is the music she sometimes weaves into her sets with her guitar and voice. Brenda is dedicated, talented, and has a wicked sense of humour. If she tells at Latitudes Storytelling Festival, I will definitely be in the audience.

Mobirise

LEPRECHAUNS, FAERIES, ENCHANTMENTS…OH MY!

Gage Park in Hamilton, Ontario was brimming over with children running helter-skelter, parents trying to keep up, ice cream dribbles, painted t-shirts, band music, book giveaways, laughter, yelling, and to be truthful, a little bit of whining could be heard. Imagine in the Park is a free arts and literature festival that has grown by leaps and bounds since it’s first year, 2011.

Mobirise

NOVA SCOTIA CALLING!

Sometimes I get what I simply call a “push.” It is like an invisible hand on the small of my back that literally moves me forward. I have been grateful for it many times. It led me to see my father the night before he died. It led me to my eldest son’s crib where he was choking on the ribbon tied around his teddy bear’s neck. It moved me to call the number for the Burlington Storytellers’ Guild where I began the storytelling chapter of my life.

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