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Place of residence: Vancouver, British Columbia

Nan Gregory has been a professional storyteller since 1984. She has told stories in schools, libraries, museums, theatres, art galleries, nursing homes, hospitals, parks, at conferences, and from the back of a horse-drawn sleigh. Her storytelling career has taken her across Canada, to the United States, Japan and, most recently, New Zealand. When she tells stories she feels connected to her audience and tries to make people feel good about themselves and those around them. When she teaches storytelling she tries to pass the same message to her students whether they be adults or children. Her first children's book, How Smudge Came, draws on her storytelling techniques and on her knowledge of story forms from around the world. Nan Gregory has a bachelors degree in theatre from the University of British Columbia and is one half of a partnership called Wives' Tales Story Tellers. She lives with her family in Vancouver.


  • 1995 Mr. Christie's Book Award (for best English book age 7 and under) for How Smudge Came.
  • 1996 Sheila A. Egoff Children's Book Prize for How Smudge Came.

Selected Bibliography

How Smudge Came. Illustrated by Ron Lightburn. Red Deer, Alta.: Red Deer College Press, c1995.
[32] p.: col. ill.; 24 x 29 cm. (Northern lights books for children)
ISBN 0889951438 (bound)


Moon Tales.
Vancouver: First Avenue Press, 1989.
Publisher no.: FRCD-1004 First Avenue Press
1 sound cassette (ca. 51 min.): analog.
Traditional Chinese folk tales adapted and performed by Nan Gregory and Melanie Ray; music by Huang Ji Rong.
Complete contents: Waiting for Rabbits - Rabbits and Buddha - Chang'E, The Lady of the Moon - The Stone Censer - The Golden Flute - The Man Who Would be Enlightened.
Target audience: For children. Prepared 24.06.96

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