The Shebeen Club: Perspectives on Storytelling

Shebeen bar, yo 

cross-posted from The Shebeen Club


What: The Shebeen Club: Perspectives on Storytelling

When: 7-9pm, Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

Where: The Shebeen, behind the Irish Heather, 217 Carrall Street in Gastown

Why: Herald the arrival of Spring with Canada’s top storyteller, Nan Gregory

Who: Contact lorraine.murphy at gmail dot com for more information

How(much)? $15 includes presentation and dinner


Once upon a time…it was a dark and stormy night…let me tell you a story…it all began…

with Nan Gregory.

One of the original Shebeeners from back in the Jurassic period, Nan is not just one of Canada’s best storytellers, she’s also the woman who gave the Shebeen Club its name. We are delighted to welcome her back as our featured presenter in a very special evening of stories and conversation about writing, hypertext, the colonization of the imagination, and the importance (or not) of plot.

Your admission includes a dinner of bangers and mash or vegetarian pasta, plus one glass of pop, wine or beer.

Bio: Nan Gregory has been a professional storyteller for over 20 years. She tells myths and legends, folk tales and fairy tales, tales from history and tales from her own life for audiences of all ages. She tells in libraries, schools, theatres, conferences-and, one winter, from the back of a horse drawn sleigh. She has been a featured teller at storytelling festivals including Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Seattle, Nagoya, Japan, and Palmerston, New Zealand.

She is the author of three picture books. How Smudge Came won the Sheila Egoff Award for best children’s book for 1996 in British Columbia and the 1996 Mr. Christie’s Award for best Canadian children’s book for seven years and under. Wild Girl and Gran was given the 2000 Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award for text. Amber Waiting (2002) was named to the ALA’s Booklist Best for 2003. Her first novel, for ages 8 to 12, entitled I’ll Sing You One-O was published in August, 2006.

7-7:30: meet and mingle
7:30-8: listen and learn
8-whenever: a cage match between Jack from the Beanstalk and Jack Sprat. 

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14 thoughts on “The Shebeen Club: Perspectives on Storytelling

  1. So how did the Shebeen club get its name? Strangely enough, I was THINKING ABOUT THIS LAST NIGHT.

    BTW, one glass of pop or wine? What sort of deal is that? Well, can you at least BYOB?

  2. Dinner doesn’t sound very appetizing either I’d still love to go…sounds fuN! (As long as you let me smuggle in my licorice sticks)

  3. SG: fifteen bucks Canadian for food from the kitchen of the Irish Heather? That’s a pretty damn good deal; it’s less than half price. The Heather is a gastropub of the first order, and the bangers and mash are not to be missed. If you came, you wouldn’t BYOB, you’d see the 140 different whiskies they have and you’d start ordering off the shelves. It’s a fabulous place, and hidden away so it gets zero tourists, which is important.

    As for the naming, we had a contest and Nan won the most votes. Nobody liked my suggestion of “Eustace Tilley Hat” for whatever reason. I kept telling them it’s SUPPOSED To be obscure, but they didn’t get it at all.

  4. Bangers and mash? I must ask a really unholy question but is that potato and ?

    This is as foreign to me as grits is to Yanks and anyone north of the Mason Dixon line.

  5. I mean, I knew what it was at one time but it’s escaping me….

    Bangers…is that fish? No, that’s fish and chips which is french fries, right?

    Bangers…I can’t figure it out!

  6. Haha you don’t know what grits are – for real?

    Grits are a disgusting, tasteless odorless invention and a staple of southern culture. You will be annoyingly pestered by countless southern waitresses into ordering a side of ’em to go with breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Just say no to grits!

  7. Are the sausages spicy? What sort of sausage? LIke bratwurst? Or more like haggis?

    Oh, before I forget, the word grit can also mean a person of the lower class –

    As Urban Dictionary puts it:

    A filthy red-neck. Not just a red neck. You must be both filty and a red neck to be a grit.

    That grit need to get out from under that pick-up truck and take a bath.

  8. The sausages in this case are pure beef I think, and quite mild and a bit smoky.

    So, Britney is a grit? In Canada, Grit is an old-fashioned term for member of the Liberal party. So I guess I’m a Canadian style grit but not an American one.

    Are grits like polenta? I hate that shit. I like Cream of Wheat though…is it more like that?

  9. I think Urban Dictionary got it wrong.

    I always thought of a grit as a burn out – a wayward stoner type who dresses sort of grungy..

    But apparently the meaning of the word has evolved.

    Honestly, grits is a huge mystery to me.

    Cream of wheat is fucking disgusting though lol

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