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Originally from a village outside of Kingston Ontario, Derek is a father, teacher, writer and storyteller living in the Metro Vancouver area.
From Ottawa to Vancouver Island, he has been telling traditional folktales, fairy tales and myths in schools, libraries and other venues to listeners from of all ages for almost 20 years. He favours Scandinavian and Celtic tales with adventure and humour.
He has written articles and presented workshops to teachers and parents on the importance of oral storytelling for building community and developing memory, vocabulary and listening skills in children.
He has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.
He is happy to present to students, teachers or at public events.