Bio: Summi Siddiqui connects cultures beyond borders. As a travelling storyteller Summi carries Canadian stories with her and returns with tales from the places she visits. She has performed at Harbour Front Storytelling Festival 2011, 2012, 2016. She was also a finalist for ‘Storytelling Slam’ at The Writer’s Community of Durham Region (WCDR). Growing up in a family of poets, writers and artists, educated in London, India, Paris and Italy, Summi has immersed herself in different cultures and stories from all over the world that has led her to connect communities. She has organised lectures, workshops and storytelling sessions in Canada, India, Sudan, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Oman.
She has held her sessions in the British Council Centers of Tripoli, Dubai and Jeddah, Khartoum University and Cambridge International Training Center in Sudan, Dubai Medical Collage for Girls, Dubai Community Theatre and Art Centre Library, Al-Ghubra School in Oman, Jawahar Children Palace, Hyderabad, India and the Institute of Social Services for Youth and Women Welfare, the National Book Week and the Khoj Foundation in New Delhi, India.
Summi is based in Ajax and has told her stories in the Libraries of Ajax, Pickering, Whitby, Oshawa, Peterborough and Toronto. She has participated in the Ajax Festival of the Arts, Whitby County Town Carnival, Stellar Literary Festival Oshawa, Simcoe Hall Settlement House, Canadian Unitarians Council, St. Jude Catholic School, Sharon Temple and the Play staged by the Kalalu Folklore Theatre Oshawa. She is a former member of Race Relation Ajax and spoke on Ubuntu (the quality of being human) to celebrate the Black History Month at the AIDS Committee of Durham Region (ACDR) event.
Her story ‘Coming Home’ has been included in …..’A second coming -Canadian Migration Fiction.’
Craft: Teacher, artist, writer, poem-scribbler, performer, public speaker, traveling storyteller