About Brian

A storyteller, teacher and writer, enamoured of anything Icelandic, I have been telling stories for almost twenty years.  I was awarded a Canada Council for the Arts grant to create my one man show, Were It Not for Hope, the Heart Would Break, which combined an original score by the Canadian composer, Howard Alexander, my own photographs of the settings of the stories, and a folktale or historical fiction story from four different locations: Iceland, Canada, medieval Toulouse and Neolithic Orkney.  I was the Artistic Director of the Storytelling Festival of Toronto for two years and Editor of Appleseed Quarterly, the Canadian Journal of Storytelling, for five years.  Twelve years ago, I travelled to Iceland and fell in love with the country, its people and its landscape.  Since then, I have returned to the country often and have led two tours of the country.  I have started to learn Icelandic and now can make my favourite foods from a cookbook in Icelandic.  I hold a BA Honours in Latin (Queen’s University), a diploma in Adult Education (The University of British Columbia) and a Master’s in Theological Studies with a focus on religious education and history (Trinity College, University of Toronto).