Mothers’ Day Storytelling at NVCL – May 7th

Marilyn NorryI was feeling a bit lost last week with no more Writers Festival business on the horizon, but then I remembered how many amazing events are happening here at NVCL this Spring. Seriously amazing events!

The first I’d like to tell you about is an edition of North Shore Stories — our community storytelling series — featuring participants from the My Mother’s Story project, on May 7th.

My Mother’s Story is a really cool project that helps women write and share stories of their mothers’ lives. It was started in 2004 by Marilyn Norry, (pictured at right) a Jessie-award winning actress, writer, director, dramaturg, and teacher who has had roles in CBC’s Life and Times, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Little Women, and Battlestar Galactica.

Each story tells the facts of a woman’s life from beginning to end in less than 2000 words, where the writer is just a footnote. As well as workshops, Mothership Stories Society has published two books of stories and nine different stage shows that have told 48 mother stories.

Our event on Wed., May 7th, will feature five of the participants from the most recent My Mother’s Story Workshop. Doors will open at 6:30pm for wine and cheese, and the stories begin at 7pm. This will be a great Mothers’ Day event, so bring your moms and kids! It’s free, but please register by clicking on the “sign up” button on this page.

Here are the storytellers:

Yasaman (Yas) Azarpajouh is a Vancouver-based multi-platform media research analyst, a published writer and the principal radio host and producer of Vancouver Co-operative Radio’s award-winning radio documentary on the life of the Italian poet Fabrizio De Andre. Passionate about melodic storytelling and poetic imagery, Yas is deeply interested in challenging traditional mediums and creating new models through which stories are told. An enthusiastic traveler, she is fluent in Italian, French and Farsi, and dreams of one day directing her first short film

Linzi Martin is happiest when doing something creative, and writing “keeps creeping back into my life,” she says. Living in North Vancouver with her long-time husband Mark and being child-and car-free, Linzi enjoys European style cycling, no lycra in sight, and growing veggies in the balcony garden. She’s a Bach Flower therapist supporting people’s emotional well being. Linzi writes articles on living a simpler, greener lifestyle for Spiritual Lounge magazine and her own blog FeelGoodZone. Way back yonder she published her own magazine. “Researching my own mum’s story was a deeply moving experience. I hadn’t acknowledged till now how full of life she was as a mother and entrepreneur,” she said.

Rhonda Perry was born in Vancouver, BC, grew up in North Burnaby and has lived in North Vancouver with her husband, Randy, for 22 years. She studied and graduated from Douglas College while raising  two daughters and now has two delightful granddaughters that keep her busy singing, dancing and creating.  She has written some poetry, enjoys dabbling in mixed media and  loves inventing stories for her grandchildren.  In September 2011, she attended a workshop at the North Vancouver District Library on ‘How to write My Mother’s Story.’  Her story is one of 41 short stories published from these workshops in the book, My Mother’s Story: North Vancouver.

Sharon Quirke is North Shore artist and teacher who loves walking the seawall, snowshoeing on Cypress and sipping a cup of tea at local shops. She and her husband have raised three boys in the community. Her work is represented in galleries nationwide and her paintings are found in corporate, commercial and residential installations across the country. She retired from 33 years of teaching in the school system in 2010, and now runs a neighborhood tutoring business. Researching her mother’s story has been a pilgrimage of discovery for Sharon. She is excited to share her findings with you, and to pass on some family history to her sons.

Heidi Tadey came to Vancouver from Germany in 1957 as a 12-year-old.  She spent her high school years at John Oliver, Canada’s largest secondary school at that time and recalls how fortunate she was to have had Margaret Atwood as her English prof during her first year at UBC, although, of course, no one knew at that time how famous she would become.  Her plans of becoming an interpreter did not come to pass but she did use her knowledge of German and French in her first secretarial positions after school.  Her passion for the sport of tennis led to an association with the Vancouver Rowing Club (Vancouver’s oldest amateur sports club) initially as a member of the Tennis section and then as manager of the club and marina for seven exciting years.  Never being one to let grass grow under her feet,  for the next seven years  she tried her hand at being an entrepreneur operating a tanning studio/boutique/hair salon at the entrance to Granville Island.  Her last 20  years have been spent  pursuing a career in Vancouver’s hectic real estate market.  She now lives in Deep Cove on the North Shore.

Sounds like an interesting bunch, eh? See you all on May 7th!





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