Professional Level Storyteller

Name: Carol Leigh Wehking
Email: clwehking@gmail.com
Phone Number: (519) 623-2456
Website: n/a

Biography:

Carol Leigh Wehking has been performing for over 40 years, but has concentrated on storytelling since 1991. Her repertoire is rooted in folk tales, wherein lies the wisdom of the world. She also tells epic, saga, and stories from all ages, as well as some literary tales told with the authors’ permission. Her specialty is her original stories of historical times and figures, in which the tarnished data of history is burnished into new life.
Carol Leigh has taught storytelling workshops to ages as young as grade 1, in many places across Canada, including the Arctic, as well as abroad (Australia) and performed in the U.S, across Canada, and in Australia and Belgium. She taught in the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program in both Toronto and Hamilton, has directed and co-directed many festivals (including the Toronto Festival of Storytelling, 2004,5,6) and now runs a storytelling company called FRESH Stories, which, among other performances, holds a monthly series in her home town of Cambridge: Story Night at Monigram’s.

Repertoire

In general, I tailor my programme to suit the occasion, but some examples are:

Girls that Rock
Circumpolar Stories
The High Seas
Stories of Uppity Women (Usually told with my storytelling colleagues in the group Uppity Women, which I founded)

I also have 2 stories in the Parent-Child Mother Goose collection “Grandmother Spider and other folktales to tell”
and a CD for preschoolers, with partner Glenna Janzen, titled “Over the One-Strand River”

Programs / Workshops Offered

Jump-Start: Beginning Storytelling

Digging for Roots, Harvesting Fruits: Storytelling in the Family

Finding the Story in History

[I also provide private coaching]

Target Audience

I taught for 9 years in the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program in Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario, telling stories (etc) to children as young as newborn.
I have told stories to all ages of school students, as well as families.
These are audiences to which I happily tell, but my favourite is to tell to adults of all ages.

Geographic Area

I can travel most of Southern Ontario and Quebec in my own car. I am willing to travel just about anywhere else.

Wehking, Carol Leigh