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Janet LeRoy is an animated storyteller who savours childhood memories of ketchup-laden golden fries, hiking with her dogs in the Gatineau Park, and exploring the realms of body, mind and spirit.
A dynamic storyteller, Janet performs in schools, libraries, The Tea Party, house concerts, community centres, and bereavement groups. She has performed at the National Arts Centre, was the featured storyteller in the Wakefield Writers Festival and performs regularly in The Ottawa Children’s Storytelling Festival.
The first time Janet performed in a school, she was astounded by the shared reality that emerged. In the story, her dogs run away, leaving her alone in the woods. Emphasizing her feelings through voice tone and facial expression, she said, “Now I’m all alone, and I feel really sad.” A tiny voice from the second row asked, “And scared?” This little five-year-old was alone in the woods despite physically sitting on a classroom floor. In that moment, Janet recognized the power of storytelling – how a story comes alive with listeners and teller in it together.
Difficult stories remind us of our courage, our compassion, and our humanity. Janet’s story, A Gift, was published in Todays Parent Magazine. The story reveals a child’s compassion for a grieving mother. “Grief was not overwhelming; it was just there, enough for me to hold the edge. The love between the child and Janet was like a sprout we could see unfolding. Beautifully told,” said a listener.
Storytelling is about connection, flow, and exploration. It’s about the willingness to travel within, and to other times, places, events, and cultures. Storytelling is sharing a breath of life.
Janet offers workshops to children and adults, so they can explore, discover, and develop their own unique voices as storytellers.