Sunday, October 9, 2011

WEEKEND ROUND-UP: THE NATIONAL STORYTELLING FESTIVAL


TOUGH TIMES FOR THE NATIONAL STORYTELLING FESTIVAL: I wish I had been in Jonesborough, Tennessee this week! That's the location of the 39th Annual National Storytelling Festival, which wrapped up on Friday. Alas, much of the news surrounding this year's event has had more to do with the parent organization's financial troubles than with the storytelling itself. Watch the video above for more about their money woes, or click here for a look at the goings-on. 

I might also point you to a couple storytellers who took to the stage this week, both of them winners of a J.J. Reneaux Grant from the National Storytelling Network. Adam Booth has the distinction of being not only a storyteller but a champion liar. And Kirk Waller works with an organization I admire, called Stagebridge Senior Theatre Company, in Oakland, California.

For anyone who missed the proceedings (or wants to enjoy them again), select storytellers will be broadcast on SiriusXM satellite radio October 21-23.

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