The Cape Breton Regional Library is very pleased to announce the appointment of Bill Conall as the Library’s Storyteller-in-Residence. Mr. Conall was appointed on July 1, 2019 by the Library Board for a two-year term. The Storyteller-in-Residence program was started in 2011 and Conall is the third Storyteller-in-Residence, following Ken Chisholm and Ronald Labelle. This is an honorary position, with the Storyteller participating at library and community gatherings, and conducting workshops.
Bill Conall is an award-winning writer, singer/songwriter and storyteller from the North Shore in Victoria County. Originally from central Ontario, Mr. Conall has made his home in Cape Breton. He has travelled all over North America as a road musician and as a long-haul trucker, picking up stories along the way. “I enjoy telling true stories, made-up stories, short stories, long stories, spoken word, rhyming poetry, and songs that became stories and vice-versa,” says Conall. He is looking forward to telling stories in his new role, but also facilitating stories from other storytellers in Cape Breton from our many cultures.
“At the Cape Breton Regional Library we believe it is important to foster storytelling as both an art form and a way to share our varied cultures across generations,” said Faye MacDougall, Regional Librarian. “We recognize this rich oral tradition through the continuation of the Storyteller-in-Residence program. We are very pleased to welcome Mr. Conall as our newest Storyteller-in-Residence and look forward to contribution.”
Watch for upcoming Storyteller-in-Residence programs at libraries across our region.