SUMMER, SWEET SUMMER! Time for summer reading programs at libraries, family gatherings and stories, festivals and story fun, vacations and story memories,...stories are everywhere, and you usually don't have to worry about how to pack them for your journeys (unless they're in books or loaded into your e-readings). Just keep them in your head, carry them in your heart, and share them whenever you can.

Travelin' to Tell!

No foolin'!  April was a busy month! 

  • There's a new festival in Georgia!  Go to and learn more about it. April 10 and 11.  Go to the many weblinks for this event, or look it up on Facebook. You'll see several familiar faces, and several folks you'll want to hear and hear again.  Mark it on your calendar, and support the new Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival at Young Harris College!  
  • Have you ever heard of a "confabulation"?  Well, that means your are going to have to come to the annual Northlands Storytelling Confabulation, and find out what that means!!!  April 24 - 26 in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, and plans and advertising are already underway for 2016.  I did a master "class" there--forgot to share one part of it, and I think folks still had a good time!  If you've never gone and you're considering attending this event, I guarantee you will be joyfully overwhelmed with grand opportunities to network, learn, and listen. 
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  • St. Louis, was a blast...again!!!  I've been invited to tell at one of my favorite events, the annual St. Louis Storytelling Festival.  This is always one of the best memory-makers of any year. Make plans to attend April 30 - May 2
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My second collection of Affrilachian tales, BEYOND THE BRIAR PATCH, is on sale!  Thank you to Parkhurst Brothers, Inc. Publishers! You can order directly from their catalogue at 

UPDATE!!!  BEYOND THE BRIAR PATCH has been honored with a 2015 Anne Izard Storytellers Choice Award! Oh, my goodness!!!  


This one is NOT for kids, cuz'ns!
Look for
 in the 2015 Parkhurst Brothers Catalogue and at and other book sales sites.
I'm soOOOooo excited!!!

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