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Town tellers share heartfelt stories to connect with community

Telling stories helps connect community members to each other.

The Around Town Tellers are trying to open up  people to share more stories.

“It’s an important part of who we are,” said Margaret Murphy, a founding member of the Around Town Tellers. “Connecting with stories is something we want to remember.”

Each month the group hosts a story event.

On Friday (Jan. 11) the Tellers host Stories from the Heart.

It features storyteller Mariella Bertelli, who is visiting from Toronto.

“She will share some wonderful Italian tales and love tales,” said Murphy.

It also features Robert Fergueson, Beth Hendry-Yim and Arla Jean Murch with host Sharon Easton.

Hendry-Yim has presented before at other events and Murch is a new member to the group.

Fergueson is from  Vancouver Island University’s creative writing program.

“It’s a beautiful love story about his grandparents,” said Murphy, about his presentation.

Murphy said the Around Town Tellers welcome everyone and it will be a “wonderful” evening.

The group held its first performance in 2007.

Murphy said she loves being part of the organization.

“It’s been a joy. It’s grown every month,” she said.

Stories from the Heart is 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Hall, 595 Townsite Rd.

Admission is $5 at the door.

Next month the tellers will host a charity storytelling event.

The charity is still being finalized.

For more information on the group or upcoming Around Town Tellers story events please go to www.aroundtowntellers.com.

arts@nanaimobulletin.com

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