PATRICK RYAN has worked as a teacher and professional storyteller for over 30 years. He regularly tours Britain, Europe and the US performing, lecturing and conducting workshops. Pat has written for the BBC and has participated in several major storytelling projects, among them 'Living Stories of the World', a multi-cultural workshop for primary children in inner- and outer-London; 'Kick into Reading' and 'Sports Stories', which unite footballers and coaches with schoolchildren through reading; 'Listen Up!' an innovative, long-term storytelling residency in Northern Ireland schools that utilizes storytelling as a means of teaching and learning; and 'Writing Together', a project looking at the impact of writer and storyteller residencies upon teaching and learning. Now based in London, Pat grew up in Illinois, where he attended the Universities of Illinois and Chicago. He taught primary school in the USA and Britain for ten years and, in 2004, he completed his doctoral degree at the University of Glamorgan, where he is a research fellow at the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling.  For more info visit  For a video of some of Patrick's work, please click here.

For more about Patrick's work, view “The Chicken, the Hedgehog – and the Storyteller”, The Bulletin's November 10, 2011 article on Dr. Patrick Ryan.  Or read about Patrick's "Stories of Light and Dark" event in this Winnipeg Free Press article.

Click HERE to read an article by Patrick on the ten best children’s storybooks for storytelling. 

To visit Patrick's website, click HERE.


Past Writers/Storytellers-in-Residence:

Patrick Ryan - Fall 2011

Méira Cook – Winter 2011

Ignatius Mabasa - Fall 2010

Roberta Kennedy - Winter  2010

Jan Andrews - Fall 2009

Armin Wiebe - Fall 2008

Rody Gorman  - Fall 2008

Gregory Scofield - Fall 2007


Patrick telling a story

U of M alumnus and creative writer,
Toby Cygman, with Patrick at his welcome

Patrick is welcomed as the U of M's Fall
2011 Writer/Storyteller-in-Residence

Dr. Jeffery Taylor,
U of M's Dean of Arts & Acting
Provost of University College
introduces Patrick

Toby Cygman, U of M alumnus and
creative writer, reads her own story at
Patrick's Welcome Event

An audience listens to Patrick's

Patrick speaks with students about
their creative writing and storytelling

A storybook by Patrick

Patrick Storytelling at University College's PlayCare