Helen Carmichael Porter has been touring her stories about victims and bullies for over seven years. The stories inThe Bully and Me are first person accounts by both victims and bullies. The victims try to change the situation and usually, but not always, succeed. The stories are descriptive narratives of what happens to real people. They are based on Porter's observations, countless interviews, personal experience, and imagination. The book explores the idea that victims and bullies are two sides of the same coin and that the healing of both lies in dealing with this paradox. There is not a lot of real violence in these stories; there is some, and much of it is implied in threats, taunts, gossip, e-mails, gestures, and language. Most of the bullying is teasing and it is always designed to torment and ridicule. The Bully and Me also refers to biblical and folk tales in the comments showing how bullying is not a new problem. This is not a self-help book; it is about listening to and thinking about the stories of bullying that happen everyday in our homes, our schools, and our communities.
Helen Carmichael Porter was one of the best-known storytellers in Canada and was a professional storyteller for over twenty years. She told her stories on stage: National Arts Centre, St Lawrence Centre, Factory, Blyth Festival, Bronfman Theatre; in art galleries: (AGO, ROM, ) and on CBC radio, tv, and in film, as well as toured countless schools across the country with her innovative shows of folk, fairy, and personal tales. She led popular writing workshops at the University of Toronto and centres across the country. Her shows of Bully stories toured for over seven years and were created from interviews with over two hundred people of all ages. Helen passed away in 2007 after a battle with cancer.