Storytelling and the Land:
Who is Belle Island?

In-Person at Agnes (Etherington House)
27 September 2023 (note date change)
6–8 pm

A workshop led by spoken word poet and storyteller Billie the Kid and artist Jill Glatt.

How can we honour land with the stories we tell? What does it mean to be local? Join spoken word poet and storyteller Billie the Kid and artist Jill Glatt at this unique opportunity to learn storytelling techniques, participate in writing exercises and contribute to an exhibition that is on view at Agnes this winter.

Community members are encouraged to bring their memories and stories of Belle Island to the workshop circle. The workshop will be recorded, and at all stages of the workshop participants have the option to be on or off record. Participants whose stories and/or recordings are used in the project will be financially compensated and credited. All are welcome and no experience is required.

Portrait of Billie the Kid. Photo: Laura Burchell

Portrait of Billie the Kid. Photo: Laura Burchell

Portrait of Jill Glatt

Portrait of Jill Glatt


Billie the Kid is a K’ai Taile Dené and Nehiyaw spoken word poet and storyteller. Originally from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, she now resides in Kingston, Ontario, the traditional home of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, and Huron-Wendat. Billie holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University and has performed at events across Turtle Island from CUPSI to the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. Her poetry breathes life into narratives as she explores relationships with family, friends, food, and the dynamic nature of dreams.

Jill Glatt is a Katarokwi/Kingston-based illustrator, printmaker, arts educator, and teacher with the Limestone District School Board.She has developed and delivered programming for the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, Kingston Arts Council, Centre Culturel Frontenac, Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, Union Gallery, Kingston School of Art, and the Juvenis Festival. Jill is also the Volunteer Coordinator for the Skeleton Park Arts Festival and sits on their board of directors as Secretary. Her artistic practice is based around and informed by ecology, community, and sustainability.

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