Siddiqui, Summi Y.

Summi Y. Siddiqui
Place of Birth: 
Date of Birth: 
March 29, 1951
Home Community: 
Durham Region Background: 

She has lived in Ajax for over 20 years with her husband, two daughters and many pets. At present a sphinx named Pari completes the family.


Her story 'Coming Home' has been included in  .'A second coming -Canadian Migration Fiction.'

Public Speaking Topics: 

Summi is available to tell the stories she writes and those she borrows from different cultures. Stories that are  motivational, inspiring; family stories, memoirs, fun stories with riddles and humor. Her poems she recites to music. She also discusses her life as a travelling storyteller.'


Summi is a teacher-artist-writer-performer-traveling storyteller and a scribbler of poems.

Literary Influences: 

"I am part of everything I have read" -Theodore Roosevelt

Organizations and Associations: 

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). A  member of  Durham Folklore Storytellers and Storytellers of Canada. 


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. 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 and created lectures, workshops and storytelling sessions for both children and adults 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 Theater and Art Center 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 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 has spoken on Ubuntu (the quality of being human) to celebrate the Black History Month at the AIDS Committee of Durham Region (ACDR) event.