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B. George Blake

B. George Blake

Storytellers of Canada is saddened to announce that George passed away on January 10, 2018. 

As policy guides, we will remove his profile in the coming months, but will leave it here for now so you can read about George. 


George is a lifetime member and one of the original founders of Storytellers of Canada. A respected elder in the storytelling community, he spends his time researching folklore, reading and writing, listening to music and playing his djembe drum. 

Although George is now retired, he may be seen on occasion performing in Durham Region with local group, the Durham Folklore Storytellers, of which he is founder. He may also be heard telling Anansi stories and Jataka tales on SC-Radio-CC.

Bio

George Blake specializes in stories from his African/Caribbean heritage and Jataka Tales (Buddhist legends) based on his studies and experiences as a former bhikkhu (Buddhist monk); he also writes his own stories. George uses a combination of AfroCaribbean drumming and storytelling as appropriate. His interests have expanded to a writing, adapting and producing material that blends storytelling, percussion, voice and dance in conveying the story. The Kalalu Folklore Theatre is his medium for these creative endeavours. George's experience as a storyteller along with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Edinburgh equip him to offer workshops on managing stage fright and other elements of performance anxiety.


Publications

The Legend of Harriet Tubman

Ego-By pass: A Buddhist Approach to Managing Stage Fright (no longer in print)


Special Programs

Folk tales and drumming from African/Caribbean culture, adapted for different levels from grade one to high school, bringing out the cultural and spiritual function of stories and the drum in these cultures.


I have programs on specific themes available for concert and special presentation, suitable for adult and family audiences. They make up the annual events presented by Kalalu Folklore Theatre. Some have been performed at Listen Up!, the Annual Toronto Festival of Storytelling.




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