Interviews with Storyteller - Karen Gummo

Karen Gummo
Karen Gummo spent a childhood listening to my Dad regale us with stories. Her love of literature came from both her parents. Her Danish and Icelandic heritage connects her to Northern myths and folklore.

Where in the world are you?

In Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

How long have you been telling stories and where do you perform?

I have been telling stories professionally for  25 years.  I perform at cafes, museums, restaurants, schools, libraries, churches, for hospice, family reunions, on radio at festivals and conferences.

Why did you become a storyteller?

I love people, I love to connect with them and I find that storytelling creates a natural yet strong bridge between us.  I love to listen as much as to tell.

Where do you get your stories from?

My stories come from my imagination, from listening to family and peers, from myth and folklore collections and at the moment from Old Icelandic Saga.

What advice do you have for aspiring storytellers?

Join a community of storytellers.  They be your mentors and supporters.

Who is your favourite storyteller?

Difficult to name just one.  Perhaps Marie Anne McLean of Edmonton.

What is your favourite story?

Grettir’s Saga because that is the one I am working on right now.

Who is your favourite folklore/ mythological character and why?

Loki  of Norse mythology because he and I share a Nordic heritage and he reminds us that we are made of both light and darkness.

What are you reading at the moment?

Just beginning Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.

What's your favourite piece of music?

I love “In the Hall of the Mountain King” by Edvard Grieg.

How do you relax?

I dance or draw/ paint or lie on my back on the surface of any water.

You can find out more about Karen here