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T.A.L.E.S. The Alberta League Encouraging Storytelling has operated since 1982 as a non-profit organization promoting the tradition of oral storytelling. We are storytellers, story listeners, writers, interpreters, speakers, entrepreneurs, teachers, curators, librarians, ministers, educators, and parents - anyone who celebrates the art of storytelling! The focus of our work as an organization is to advance education by raising the aesthetic taste of the community through public performances, presentations and workshops in the art of storytelling.
Storytelling in the Community
We present Storytelling Festivals, workshops, retreats, public concerts, story cafes, TV and radio shows, and Children’s, Folk, and Family Festivals. Storytellers visit schools, libraries, museums, interpretive/ tourist centres, hospitals, seniors-lodges and churches - wherever people gather. We tell folk tales, family stories, personal stories and historical tales. The work of T.A.L.E.S. members can be enjoyed on the new CD, "TALES on the wind..." and in the Red Deer Press publication, Under the Wide Blue Sky – Alberta Stories to Read and Tell, ed. Lisa Hurst-Archer.
CONCERTS STORY CAFES
Tellarounds - Tellers gather to share stories and kernels of stories. Workshops are held periodically and in conjunction with our annual Festival the first weekend of September at Fort Edmonton. An annual Retreat is held each spring. Featured tellers can also be heard at Concerts and monthly Story Cafes in Calgary and Edmonton.