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Telling Tales Festival Announces 2010 Line-up and New Partnerships

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In the Spring 2009 issue of Open Book's magazine, June Dickenson and Susan Jasper interviewed each other about the plans for Telling Tales: A Family Festival of Stories at Westfield Heritage Village. The day-long festival took place in September and was a huge success, winning Tourism Hamilton's 2010 Best Festival or Tourist Event/Medium Award. In its second year, the 2010 festival already has big names confirmed and new partnerships.

From our friends at Telling Tales:

Telling Tales: A Family Festival of Stories at Westfield Heritage Village was thrilled to be named the winner in the category of Best Festival or Tourist Event/Medium and to receive honourable mention in the category of Rookie Event of the Year. Speaking to over 600 attendees at the prestigious event, festival founder Susan Jasper thanked her team of dedicated volunteers and commented: "Thank you to the judges for saying that literacy matters with this award -- this is very gratifying recognition for so many."

Big Names Already Confirmed -- Popular author Kenneth Oppel, CBC broadcaster and author Kevin Sylvester, ever-popular author-illustrator Jeremy Tankard, and local musician Jude Johnson are among the many presenters already confirmed for the second annual Telling Tales Festival. The event is free to attend, with donations to literacy gratefully accepted and encouraged. Last year, the first-ever Telling Tales festival drew more than 4,000 attendees to the storybook location of Westfield Heritage Village from across Ontario and established its unique mandate: to entertain children and families of all ages and to raise money for Hamilton-based literacy programs. Ken Setterington, children's and youth advocate at the Toronto Public Library, and another confirmed 2010 festival presenter, adds: "It was a wonderful experience to watch the hundreds and hundreds of children captivated by Canadian Literature." Telling Tales raised $20,000 for Hamilton-based literacy projects in 2009. Monies were directed specifically to the Hamilton Literacy Council, the Summer Literacy Program, Early Literacy Hamilton, and the Original Griffin Literacy Project.

New Partnerships -- Telling Tales will present the winner of the 2009 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, Shin-chi's Canoe, written by Nicola I. Campbell, illustrated by Kim LaFave, and published by Groundwood Books. For more information on this exciting award program, administered by the Canadian Children's Book Centre, please visit:

Also new for 2010, Telling Tales is proud to kick off Adult Basic Education Association's Life Long Learning Week at this year's festival. Last year, the popular event week welcomed 50,000 participants to more than 1,400 events, sending a great message to children and their parents that learning is a lifelong adventure. For more information on Adult Basic Education and Life Long Learning Week, please visit

The Telling Tales Festival organizers are pleased to announce that the Hamilton Public Library has increased its involvement with Telling Tales, joining Rotary International and the Hamilton Conservation Authority's Westfield Heritage Village, as the event's host partners. Telling Tales is the beneficiary of key financial support from local Rotary clubs, TD Bank Financial Group, and a host of in-kind sponsors already confirmed. The festival's media partners are The Hamilton Spectator and Corus Entertainment's Y108/AM900 CHML/VINYL 95.3 FM.

Telling Tales is also pleased to acknowledge the invaluable support of its community partners, which include Adult Basic Education Association, Bryan Prince, Bookseller Ltd., the Canada Council, Early Literacy Hamilton, the Hamilton Literacy Council, the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board, the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, HARRRP, Hillfield Strathallan College, a growing number of Hamilton and Burlington Rotary clubs, the Writers' Union of Canada, and the Hamilton and Burlington branches of YMCA.

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