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Fifth Annual Ghost Tour of Newfoundland Schools

Yikes! It’s the spookiest month of the year and I’m heading out to Newfoundland schools with The Hungry Ghosts of China, the Irish Banshees, the Jamaican Duppies and many other spine-tingling international ghosts.

This year I’ve added some local ghosts from The Ghosts of Baccalieu (www.theghostsofbaccalieu.com), the book I made with Tricon Elementary last spring. I’ll be telling children stories about the Old Hollies, Jacky-lanterns, ghost ships and even a spectral Newfoundland dog. 

I’ll be in the Clarenville/Bonavista area October 21 to 24 and St. John’s from October 28 to 31.

On Sunday, October 27 I’m giving a special ghost presentation at The Rooms for children ages 5 to 11. It begins at 1:30 p.m. Come and meet the Scottish Silky ghost and explore the world of things that go bump in the night!

There’s still time to book me into your school. Send me an email at chariscotter@gmail.com.

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October 4, 2013 at 10:50 am Leave a comment

Launching a New Book about Newfoundland Ghosts

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June 13, 2013, will mark the official launch of The Ghosts of Baccalieu—a book I’ve been working on with Tricon Elementary School in Bay de Verde, Newfoundland. The students there collected local ghost stories from their family and friends and drew pictures of ghosts and we made a book!

Last November I spent two days a week in the school exploring all the aspects of making a book with the children: storytelling, writing, editing, proofreading, design and publishing. It didn’t take long for us to discover that Baccalieu Trail may be one of the most haunted places in Newfoundland — the Old Hollies scream in the wind, dead fishermen row a ghostly longboat through Baccalieu Tickle, restless spirits lurk on the lonely barrens, and a woman in white appears on a deserted highway at midnight. The students  collected some very spooky tales that have been told and told again through many generations.

The project was made possible by an ArtsSmarts grant from the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (supported by the Department of Education through the Cultural Connections Strategy), as well as the enthusiastic support from the staff at Tricon Elementary and members of the community who passed on the stories. I really enjoyed my time at the school—the children gave me a rousing welcome every time I walked into a classroom. They were especially fond of the Silky Ghost, and kept begging me to bring her back.

The Silky Ghost will be “appearing” at the launch party at the school at     1 p.m. on June 13. Members of the public are welcome. There will be selected readings from the book and the students drawings and book covers designs will be on display.

But be warned: you have to drive across the barrens to get to the school and there are some very creepy ghosts that hang out there, including a blueberry-picking ghost, a ghost that floats into cars, and a ghost that once scared a man so badly he ran home barefoot and left his new shoes behind.

The Ghosts of Baccalieu is being published by Baccalieu Books, a publishing company I have started to showcase books made by children about Newfoundland.

To buy a copy of The Ghosts of Baccalieu, go to this website: http://www.theghostsofbaccalieu.com.

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May 22, 2013 at 2:36 pm Leave a comment

Ghost Hunting in Newfoundland

I’m on the hunt for ghosts in Newfoundland and I’m hoping you can help me. Have you ever seen a ghost? Do you know someone who has? Can you tell a good ghost story? If so, I want to hear from you.

Every time I go to a school with the Silky Ghost and A World Full of Ghosts, the highlight of my presentation is when we turn down the lights and I tell two very scary Newfoundland ghost stories. The kids can’t get enough of Newfoundland ghosts, and neither can I. So I’m collecting ghost stories from all over Newfoundland to use as the basis of a book of ghost stories for children. I’m interested in traditional tales that have been told again and again as well as stories about apparitions that appeared to you last week: I want them all!

People have been seeing ghosts in Newfoundland for hundreds of years. Ghost ships sailing past foggy headlands, ghost lights dancing on the water, white figures flitting down the stairs, dark forms lying in wait on lonely paths. Since I already have quite a few stories from the Avalon Peninsula, I’m especially interested in ghosts from other parts of the province.

If you have a story, or know someone who does, email me at chariscotter@gmail.com.

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The Silky ghost terrifying children with a Newfoundland ghost story.

June 21, 2012 at 2:06 pm Leave a comment

The Queen Makes a Winter Tour of Ontario Schools

The Queen in her coach, setting off for her Winter tour of Ontario Schools

After a rather trying Christmas, our dear Queen, Elizabeth II, will be making a bracing winter tour of Ontario with her favourite children’s author, Charis Cotter. There is nothing Her Royal Highness likes better than teaching little Canadians to bow and curtsey as she introduces Charis and her book, Kids Who Rule: The Remarkable Lives of Five Child Monarchs. http://chariscotter.com/kids_who_rule.html.

HRH has entertained children with Charis from Victoria, British Columbia to St. John’s, Newfoundland, and finds it all a very refreshing change from her duties at Buckingham Palace.

Charis is also looking forward to visiting Ontario schools and engaging students from Grade 3 to 5 in the boisterous trivia game, RULE YOUR SCHOOL, as she quizzes them about the five child rulers in her book. This exhilarating game gets the kids on their feet as they vie for the enviable position of first place, when all the other students have to bow and curtsey to them. http://chariscotter.com/school_presentations.html#kidsrule.

Everyone has fun and the students leave knowing a lot more about Ancient Egypt, Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries,  and Tibet and China in the 20th century, all seen through the eyes of the young monarchs.

The Queen sincerely hopes you will choose to brighten up the winter at your school with a royal visit in January, February or March.

For more information, contact Charis at: chariscotter@gmail.com. Or go to her website: www.chariscotter.com.

January 15, 2012 at 12:30 pm Leave a comment


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