"Value life itself, censure naivete,

cherish and celebrate friendships,

beware of treachery, practice moderation,

be hospitable,

try to win fame and your good name will outlive you."

From Havamal the Words of the High One (Odin).

"We shall not cease from exploration

And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time."

T.S. Eliot

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About Karen Gummo


Storyteller and visual artist Karen Gummo has been a lover of story for all of her days. Since 1986 she has been sharing favourite tales with willing audiences. Her Danish and Icelandic Heritage provide her with countless sagas of the Vikings and of the humble folk of Scandinavia. Friends and family members have been generous too in sharing tales of their adventures and so Karen continues to honour and to hone those remarkable stories.

Karen planned and carried out a weekend of epic Icelandic Saga.  14 storytellers from across Canada shared the Saga of Grettir the Strong at the Fensala Hall in Markerville, AB on May 5, 2012.  It was a glorious day of feasting, performing and dancing.

Karen has performed on CBC radio, at museums, outdoor parks, hospitals, festivals and conferences across Canada. She has been a featured storyteller in schools, churches, senior's centres, community gatherings, and for hospice patients. Karen toured Newfoundland for the Canadian Children’s Book Centre Book Week in 2004 and traveled  to Iceland in 2015 in the footsteps of her ancestors.  She waits to make that jouney again.

Of late Karen has been performing in schools with the Young Alberta Book Society,  at Lougheed House, and in the Olympic Plaza where she shared stories of Lady Isabella Lougheed.  Her String Story workshops are popular with all ages.  Karen regularly undertakes residencies in schools such as Monterey Park School in Calgary's N.E. where she helped students gather up family and cultural tales in some of their more than 40 home languages.

In the spring of 2017, Karen will tour Ontario with the Canadian Children's Book Centre Book Week.