Today, storytelling is one of the biggest corporate buzzwords. Storytelling can be fun and it can help an organization build stronger relationships. It is also becoming the biggest business skill for communicators. Local authors, Tom Dawe and Valerie Francis, share their insights on the art of storytelling.
Meet Newfoundland Authors Tom Dawe and Valerie Francis
Tom Dawe has been a high school teacher, English professor, visual artist, editor, writer and poet. He has published about twenty volumes, including poetry, folklore and children's literature.
His latest works include "Where Genesis Begins" (Breakwater, 2009), winner of The Canadian Authors’ Association Poetry Award.
"Moocher in the Lun", winner of the Bruneau Award for Children's Literature.
"The Wonderful Dogfish Racket", finalist for the 2015 Bruneau Award.
His most recent work is "An Old Man's Winter Night: Ghostly Tales"
His work has appeared in many magazines, journals and anthologies. In the seventies, during the ‘Newfoundland Renaissance’, he was one of the founders of Breakwater Books, a founding editor of TickleAce and prose editor of The Livyere, a folklore journal.
In 2002 Martina Seifert’s comprehensive study, Rewriting Newfoundland Mythology: The Works of Tom Dawe , was published in Germany and Cambridge, Mass., U.S.A.
Recipient of many awards and honours, in 2007 he was awarded a WANL Lifetime Membership and was elected to the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Hall of Honour.
In 2010 he was named St. John’s Poet Laureate. (At the end of this four-year term, he published his heritage project, a volume of poetry called "Shadows in the Aftergrass.)
In 2012 he was named a member to the Order of Canada and also to the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Valerie Francis is an independent author who writes for both children and adults. She publishes through her own company, Bocereas Press and in 2015, released the first two titles of her kids’ fantasy series entitled Nature Knights. In September 2016, she debuted the first of a 12-part romantic suspense serial (Masquerade) under the pen name Robin St. Croix.
Valerie has long been fascinated with stories, and storytelling. In fact, she finished her first book at the age of seven. Prior to establishing Bocereas Press, she worked in the field of media and corporate communications for twenty years and is now thrilled to explore the links between these seemingly disparate fields.
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