YWC 2018 Keynote Speakers

Keynote: Arthur Slade


Arthur Slade was raised on a ranch in the Cypress Hills of Saskatchewan. He is the author of twenty novels for young readers including The Hunchback Assignments, which won the prestigious TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award and Dust, winner of the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature. He lives in Saskatoon, Canada. Visit him online at http://www.arthurslade.com.


Adult Keynote: Jeff Stockton


Jeff Stockton is a Celtic harpist, singer & storyteller. Since 1997, he has traveled near and far, firing up the imagination of thousands of listeners. He has woven stories on the strings of the harp at national and international storytelling festivals, in hundreds of schools, and for audiences both at work and at play. His 25 years of experience in education includes over a decade as classroom teacher, seven years as an Educational Consultant, and work with thousands of students as Storyteller in Residence.

For the past two decades, Jeff Stockton has traveled near and far, weaving stories on the strings of the harp at national and international festivals, conferences, and for audiences of all ages. With his workshop series 'Stories Tell Us' and 'STORYenteering' he has worked with all ages - from the youngest of school age children to adults in all walks of life. Highly interactive and filled with play, participants are left feeling empowered, confident, and capable of navigating the intensity of creating stories, and of bringing a story to life in front of a live audience.

Jeff is an award winning recording artist. He has released 4 recordings of his work. "Between Two Lights" & 'Sacred Ground' (singer/songwriter); 'Beneath the Boughs' (gentle instrumental music); & 'Wisdom of the Woods' (storytelling). 'Wisdom of the Woods' was the winner of the prestigious international 'Storytelling World' award - named one of the best storytelling recordings of 2012. His fifth recording “Once Upon A Midwinter” will be released in 2018, along with an illustrated book of stories to accompany the CD. Five years of his podcast “Stories Are Medicine” can be downloaded from his website.