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Summi Siddiqui

Summi Siddiqui

Teacher-artist-writer-performer-poem scribbler-travelling storyteller;  

Summi Siddiqui connects cultures beyond borders.

As a travelling storyteller, Summi carries Canadian stories with her and returns with tales from the places she visits. She has performed at the Harbor Front Storytelling Festival in 2011, 2012 & 2016. She was also a finalist for‘Storytelling Slam’ at The Writer's Community of Durham Region (WCDR). 

Growing up in a family of poets, writers and artists, educated in London, India, Paris and Italy, Summi has immersed herself in different cultures and  stories from all over the world that has  led her to connect communities. She has organised and created lectures, workshops and storytelling sessions for both children and adults in Canada, India, Sudan,Libya, Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E and Oman.  

Summi is based in Ajax and has told her stories at Town Libraries in Ajax, Pickering,Whitby, Oshawa,Peterborough and Toronto. She has participated in the Ajax Festival of the Arts, Whitby County Town Carnival, Stellar Literary Festival in Oshawa, Simcoe Hall Settlement House, Canadian Unitarians Council, St. Jude Catholic School,Sharon Temple and participated in plays at Kalalu Folklore Theatre in Oshawa.She is a former member of the Race Relation Committee in Ajax and has spoke on Ubuntu (the quality of being human) to celebrate the Black History Month at the AIDS Committee of Durham Region (ACDR) event.

Her public speaking topics cover the stories she writes and those that she borrows from different cultures; stories that are both motivational and inspiring, family stories,memories and fun anecdotes with riddles and humor. She recites her poems to music. She also discusses what it is to be a travelling storyteller. She is fluent in Urdu and Hindi, and translates her stories as well.

Her art work has also beenexhibited at the Council Chamber in the Ajax Town Hall, the Station Art Galleryin Whitby, Ont, and at the Whitby library.  Additionally, she has taughtart to Montessori and high school students.

Her story 'Coming Home' hasbeen included in the anthology 'A second coming -Canadian Migration Fiction.',published in 2016.

She lives in Ajax with herhusband, two daughters and a sphinx named Pari.  

She an be contacted at



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