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NSN Storyteller Profile ... Gail Nyoka

PO Box 752
Lorain, OH 44052

(440) 361-5522


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Novelist, playwright and storyteller Gail Nyoka won the Chalmers Canadian Play Award: Theatre for Young Audiences with her stage play Mella Mella. This play has been produced by Black Theatre Workshop in Montreal, Young Peoples Theatre in Toronto and toured in Ontario with Carousel Players.
She decided to expand the story, set in long-ago Zimbabwe, and this became a novel for eight to thirteen-year-olds, Mella and the N'Anga: An African Tale. The novel was a finalist for many awards in Canada and the US: the Governor General's Award, the TD Children's Literature Award, the Carl Brandon Parallax Award, and the Silver Birch and Red Cedar Children?'s Choice Awards.

Gail's storytelling has taken her to the Toronto Storytelling Festival and to schools and libraries where she has had an enthusiastic response. A note from a librarian reads: One eager girl from the front row (whose step-father is the storyteller) came back after school to check out your book and told me she thought the program was "amazing!" and that she loved it so much.

Original stories by Gail Nyoka:

Never Look Back - In 1913 my Great Aunt, Mary Edwards, arrived in Montreal from the Caribbean island of Montserrat. This is her story, with song. Approx. 25 minutes.

My Bones Shall Rise Again - Nehanda, a spiritual leader and freedom fighter in southern Africa is still revered in Zimbabwe over 100 years after her death. Part storytelling, part theatre, part music, this collaboration with mbira player Rainos Mutamba was a hit at the Toronto Storytelling Festival. Approx. 50 minutes.

Contact Gail Nyoka for details of other original work.

Types of stories I tell:

A variety which includes: Grimm, Celtic, African and ancient Egyptian - for ages 10 and up, and adults. Personal stories for adult audiences.

I tell stories for:

All Ages

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My travel requirements:

Mileage, accommodation and per diem depending on distance and length of stay.

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Organizations I belong to:

National Storytelling Network, The Writers' Union of Canada, Playwrights Guild of Canada