Professional Level Storyteller

Name: Brian Hetherington
Phone Number: (613) 483-5980


A storyteller, teacher and writer, enamoured of anything Icelandic, I have been telling stories for almost twenty years. I was awarded a Canada Council for the Arts grant to create my one man show, Were It Not for Hope, the Heart Would Break, which combined an original score by the Canadian composer, Howard Alexander, my own photographs of the settings of the stories, and a folktale or historical fiction story from four different locations: Iceland, Canada, medieval Toulouse and Neolithic Orkney. I was the Artistic Director of the Storytelling Festival of Toronto for two years and Editor of Appleseed Quarterly, the Canadian Journal of Storytelling, for five years. Twelve years ago, I travelled to Iceland and fell in love with the country, its people and its landscape. Since then, I have returned to the country often and have led two tours of the country. I have started to learn Icelandic and now can make my favourite foods from a cookbook in Icelandic. I hold a BA Honours in Latin (Queen’s University), a diploma in Adult Education (The University of British Columbia) and a Master’s in Theological Studies with a focus on religious education and history (Trinity College, University of Toronto).


Were It Not for Hope, The Heart Would Break
A two hour one-man show with an original score by Howard Alexander, photographs and stories by Brian Hetherington. Journey from Neolithic Orkney to the Highlands of Scotland, Iceland, southern France and Canada to explore humanity’s need for hope. Each story is introduced by Howard’s original score and photographs of the setting of the stories. Imagine the landscape and then immerse yourself in the story!

Other programs on Biblical, Icelandic, Celtic or Canadian stories on request.

Look for my upcoming two hour one-man show, Sleeping With an Elephant, historical fiction stories that cross the Canada-US border

Programs / Workshops Offered

An Introduction to Storytelling
Storytelling in the ESL Classroom
Celtic Stories
Icelandic Stories
Canadian Stories
Biblical Stories

From Artifact to Story: a workshop where historical artifacts (postcards, photographs and antique tools) are used to create new historical fiction stories. For storytellers and non-storytellers alike.

Or let me design one for you!

Target Audience

Adults, teens and tweens

ESL students

Geographic Area

I am willing to travel anywhere! I would usually wish my travel, room and board to be covered but not necessarily. Billets are welcome!

Hetherington, Brian