Directory of members
205-333 Vaughan Street
Winnipeg MB, R3B 3J9
Trained as a folklorist, Kay began telling traditional tales in her classes, and, more by accident than design, began performing in the wider public in 1975. Her doctoral dissertation, an exploration of women in folktales, led her to a teaching position in the English department at the University of Winnipeg for almost three decades. There, Kay discovered that telling tales was even more interesting than teaching about them. Her writing grew from exploring different aspects of folktales as a literary art and performance art. She continues to offer performances and lectures in Canada and the U.S., combining folktales and personal experiences for a variety of audiences.
Kay Stone has been a founding member of three storytelling groups in Winnipeg:
Stone Stoup Stories of Winnipeg (founded 1982) An informal gathering of tellers of various backgrounds and interests. The group meets monthly at the Fireside Room at the Unitarian Church (603 Wellington Crescent) and is open to anyone who wishes to practice the art of storytelling or of listening.
Eldertales (founded in 1994, disbanded in 2010) A group of senior tellers who gathered monthly to choose and practice traditional and personal stories for local school, seniors' centres, and other venues as requested. The group met at Creative Retirement and then in people's homes. Though the group no longer functions, individual tellers are still active.
Earthstory (founded in 1991) A trio of women (Kay Stone, Jane Cahill, Mary Louise Chown), all experienced tellers who have performed traditional tales and myths, individually and together, over the past decade. They have appeared in a wide variety of venues that include the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Manitoba Museum, Manitoba Children's, and a number of educational conferences, and most recently as part of a concert series of stories and music, Magic of One.
Kay was also one of the three organizers of the Magic of One, a storytelling/music concert series, that began in the sanctuary of the Unitarian Church, moved to AQUA Books, and then to smaller venues. These concerts have been part of the annual summer Fringe Festival, and continue to organize house concerts.
Burning Brightly: New Light on Old Tales Told Today. Broadview Press (Peterborough, Ontario), 1998
The Golden Woman: Dreaming as Art.Gordon Shillingford Publishing Inc. (Winnipeg, Manitoba), 2004
Distributed by University of Toronto Press
Some Day Your Witch Will Come. Wayne State University Press (Detroit, Michigan), 2008