Thursday night there was an Aboriginal Storytelling Festival at the Sechelt Nation Band Hall. I thought it might be interesting and it was free. The participating authors were:
Zaccheus Jackson - a guerilla poet/slam poet
Prior to the event I thought I didn't know any of their writings. I was surprised to find that I do. Diane Silvey wrote The Kid's Book of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. Michael Kusugak wrote T is for Territories, The Littlest Sled Dog and cowrote A Promise is A Promise with Robert Munsch. All of which I've sent overseas as gifts to friends.
Richard Wagamese was part of the line up for the 2012 Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts, and the author of Keeper 'N Me, a book that's been on my to read list for a while now.
Nicola Campbell and Zaccheus Jackson were completely new to me.
Each author spoke about what story telling meant to them and their culture or told a story or performed poetry they had written or all of the above. For me, Zaccheus Jackson, Michael Kusugak and Richard Wagamese were the most engaging and interesting speakers. I could have listened to any of them for hours. I've added more books to my never ending "Books to Read" list. I love learning about new to me authors and finding new books to read. It was a good night and I'm glad I went.