Story Tellers

Bill RichardsonBill Richardson - Bill Richardson is a writer and broadcaster. He has contributed to CBC Radio since 1984, and has been the host of a number of programmes, both on CBC Radio One and CBC Radio 2.

He is currently the host of Saturday Afternoon at the Opera and Sunday Afternoon in Concert, CBC Radio 2's new forum for classical concerts recorded across the country. His books include Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast, which won the Stephen Leacock medal for humour, and After Hamelin, a novel for children and winner of the Silver Birch award. He has also been the recipient of a Vancouver Arts Award, and a gold medal for fiction in the National Magazine Awards.

John AtkinJohn Atkin - John Atkin is an author, historian and heritage advocate who organizes and conduct tours for groups and individuals.

John has explored Vancouver like few others have and offers an interesting and offbeat insight to the city's architecture, history and neighbourhoods.

He has created, and conducts, a number of unique and popular walking tours throughout the City of Vancouver. 

Shirley ChanShirley Chan - Shirley Chan is the chief executive officer for Building Opportunities with Business Inner City Society (BOB), a non-profit economic development agency whose purpose is to revitalize Vancouver's Downtown Eastside without displacement of existing businesses and residents.

Growing up in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver where she attended Strathcona and Britannia Schools, Shirley and her family and neighbours organized the community to stop the three levels of government from demolishing Strathcona; and building the freeway and third crossing that would have destroyed Chinatown, Gastown and Grandview-Woodlands neighbourhoods.

Andreas SchroederAndreas Schroeder - Andreas Schroeder has made his living as a freelance writer for the past 40 years, writing poetry, fiction, nonfiction, translations, journalism and literary criticism. Of his 22 books, his most recent is entitled Renovating Heaven (Oolichan, 2008), a hilarious romp through his early Mennonite life in the Fraser Valley.

Schroeder has also published three popular collections of outrageous scams and hoaxes which were originally broadcast in shorter form on CBC's Basic Black Show. He contributed to this popular Saturday-morning radio show for some twelve years as its "resident crookologist."

He currently holds the Rogers Communications Chair in Creative Nonfiction in the University of British Columbia's Creative Writing Program.