Brenda Byers performs spirited stories blended with music, songs and rhythm often accompanied by listeners of all ages. Her captivating style of storytelling engages audiences from the kitchen table to the stage. Brenda is Artistic Director for Storywyse oral tradition storytelling.
Brenda's childhood was fraught with perils. She taunted the monsters in her closet who gave up trying to scare her because it was no fun, booby-trapped the neighbourhood bully's boxing gloves and remained bravely left-handed when her first year Kindergarten teacher flunked her for faking it. She is drawn to folk and fairy tales which call up her own stories of overcoming hazards and intimidations as well as ballads, history and family. Stories are not just for children. Adults seek the thrill of fairytales for grownups. Oral storytelling is proof of the common experience of humanity.
Her work includes festivals in Toronto, Kitchener, St. Marys, Ottawa and beyond. She tells for public and house concerts, schools, Family Literacy events, churches and museums. Brenda also offers workshops for students and teachers.
Vintage Wisdom Tales is a program designed to keep generations woven together by encouraging elders to craft memories into stories for sharing with a younger generation. Personal reminiscences are valuable hand-me-downs.
Brenda's telling in schools supports the Ontario curriculum in language arts, the environment, art & music, history, and culture awareness & understanding. Her residency program, "Tales & Tunes," is a performance based program in which students are introduced to oral storytelling through various activities. Students use their imagination muscles to retell fairy tales, create their own stories and explore family history.
The Tales & Tunes of Enchantment for children is a fun storytelling program combined with crafts, music, dance and a kazoo band. Through folk and fairy tales, children are introduced to other cultures and a wide variety of learning tools.
Brenda is a member of Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada, The Baden Storytellers' Guild, The Burlington Storytellers' Guild, Hamilton Storytellers' Circle, Storytelling Toronto and The Uppity Women.
Contact: [email protected]; www.storywyse.com