A traditional European folk tale of a young girl's coming of age becomes the story of her coming out. The Biblical tales of Naomi and Ruth and of David and Jonathan portray a devotion deeper than friendship. A story of the Scottish sea tells of family alienation. An Albanian tale and a Greek myth illustrate that gender is not set in stone. Storytellers Eden Nameri and Lynn Torrie reveal how they unearthed these stories, why they are so scarce, and what makes them queer.
“Your storytelling was wonderful and touching. The audience was really moved and your set was one of the best in the festival. You can take that set anywhere.” - June Brown, York Storytelling Guild
“Lynn and Eden tell together with tender strength. Their personal journeys are woven into the beautiful traditional stories they breathe their perspective into, and another veil is lifted from the eyes of the listeners to see in new ways.” – Dawne McFarlane, Director of 2019 Toronto Storytelling Festival
Eden Nameri’s renditions of Bible stories and other classic tales incorporate a mixture of traditional and original interpretation, as well as plenty of personal perspective. She uncovers hidden aspects such as queerness and the perspectives of women.
Eden studied storytelling in New York with the late Diane Wolkstein. She tells regularly at 1001 Friday Nights and has performed at the Toronto Storytelling Festival.
Lynn Torrie comes to us from the Toronto Storytelling Festival, where she is known for her original adaptations of traditional tales.
She is a busy member of the York Storytelling Guild and a regular host of Storytelling Toronto’s Storytent. When she is not telling stories herself, Lynn runs workshops for beginning storytellers and coaches a team of tellers at her Unitarian congregation.
This year, she has appeared on Regent Park Radio with her Queer Stories, has told historic stories in museums and has delighted children in schools, daycares and libraries.