Storytelling

Kemp has been involved in the lives of children as a teacher and a storyteller for many years.  He taught Kindergarten in Newton, MA for 38 years before semi-retiring.

On April 6th, 2017 Kemp joined storytellers in the Boston area at the Massmouth WGBH Storytelling series. The theme of the evening was "Oops".

Westwood storytelling (1)He brings his teaching skills as well as a background in music and theater to his performances. He has performed at storytelling festivals, concerts, libraries and schools. Incorporating music, movement and expression makes the oral tradition of “telling” exciting and relevant in so many ways. Audience participation and interaction are hallmarks of his performances.

Kemp’s repertoire includes African folk tales, original stories and familiar stories in literature. He has presented to pre-school to family concerts and every age in between. Shows are tailored to each audience and age group. Kemp published his first children’s book/song “Snow”, and continues to create new stories for his listening audience.

Storytelling Program Testimonials

Past Storytelling Venues

Smith School - Reading, MA
Barrows School - Reading, MA
Ward School - Newton, MA
Lesley Ellis School - Arlington, MA
Friends School - Arlington, MA
Pierce School - Arlington, MA
Bowen School - Newton, MA
Memorial-Spaulding School - Newton, MA
Bishop School - Arlington, MA
Cabot School - Newton, MA
Horace-Mann School - Newton, MA
Stapleton School - Framingham, MA
Miriam McCarthy School - Framingham, MA
Peabody School - Cambridge, MA
Hartwell/Smith Schools - Lincoln, MA
Deerfield School - Westwood, MA
Fisher School - Walpole, MA
Great Expectations - Arlington, MA
Lincoln-Elliot School - Newton, MA
St. Anne's Home - Methuen, MA
Beacon Hill Nursery - Boston, MA
Mason-Rice School - Newton, MA
 
  • Massmouth WGBH Storytelling Series
  • Moses Brown Book Fair - Providence, RI
  • A Tapestry of Tales Storytelling Festival - Winchester, MA 1997/1998
  • Doggone Storytellers Festival - Chester CT 1997
  • Three Apples Storytelling Festival - Harvard, MA 1995/1996
  • Borders Books - Natick, MA/Cranston, RI
  • Lextended Day After care Program - Lexington, MA (resident storyteller)
  • Arlington Boys And urls Club - Arlington, MA
  • Star Island All Star 1 Conference - Portsmouth, NH
  • Images of a Culture - Palo Alto, CA
  • Newton Public Library - Newton, MA
  • Robbins Public Library - Arlington, MA
  • WMBR Radio interview/storytelling - Boston, MA
  • Camp Sewataro - Sudbury, MA
  • Camp Schodack - Nassau, NY

Speaking Engagements

Newton Lifetime Learning Distinguished Lecture Series
This series, which has been going since the late 1990s, features distinguished experts on "state, national, and global issues from our leading universities, government, non-profit organizations, and the media” and is aimed at an audience of elders from Newton and surrounding communities. In the past few years, speakers have included Governor Dukakis, Barney Frank, Boston Globe Editor Brian McGrory, Sylvia Nasar (author, A Beautiful Mind), and Yannis Miaoulis, President of the Museum of Science, among others.

Educational Workshop Presentations:

  • Lesley College Summer Literacy Institute - Cambridge, MA
  • BAEYC Conference/Emmanuel College - Boston, MA
  • Children's Museum - Boston, MA
  • Wang Center/Young At Arts - Boston, MA

Storytelling Songs

Away

Snow

Narrated Stories

Bored

Words by Kemp Harris, Music by Scotty Vercoe

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