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National Storytelling Festival | October 4 - 6, 2019

"Like a Bonnaroo
of the spoken word..."

-Garden & Gun

National Storytelling Festival | October 4 - 6, 2019

National Storytelling Festival
October 2-4, 2020

National Storytelling Festival | October 4 - 6, 2019

"For what New Orleans
is to jazz . . . Jonesborough
is to storytelling."

-Los Angeles Times

National Storytelling Festival | October 4 - 6, 2019

 

October 2–4, 2020 Jonesborough Tennessee

The 48th annual National Storytelling Festival is October 2 – 4, 2020. (Book early for discounted tickets!) Consider this your one-stop-shop for details about the program, as well as other useful info to plan your visit.

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The Festival showcases 26 of the world’s best storytellers, including Featured Tellers, New Voices, and Ghost Story Tellers. Check back often for updates as we add to our line-up! 

Meet the Tellers

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Godfrey Duncan aka TUUP (The Unorthodox, Unprecedented Preacher) is an international storyteller, musician, and poet who was born in London to Guyanese parents. An epic entertainer, TUUP has travelled the world extensively, captivating audiences across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas along the way. 

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Donald Davis

Donald Davis was born in a Southern Appalachian mountain world rich in stories, surrounded by a family of traditional storytellers who told him gentle fairy tales, simple and silly Jack tales, scary mountain lore…

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Elizabeth Ellis

Designated an American Masterpiece Touring Artist by the NEA, The “Divine Miss E” is a versatile and riveting teller of Appalachian and Texas tales and stories of heroic American women, though her personal stories are arguably her best. 

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Jasmin Cardenas- NEW VOICE 

The daughter of immigrant parents, Jasmin Cardenas is an award-winning Colombian American storyteller, actress, educator and social activist who explores the uncomfortable truths found when you grow up between cultures. Jasmin regularly tours her bilingual program which highlights lesser known folktales, myths, and legends from North, Central, and South America. 

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Kevin Kling

Kevin Kling, best known for his popular commentaries on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and his storytelling stage shows like Tales from the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log, delivers hilarious, often tender stories.  Kling’s autobiographical tales are as enchanting as they are true to life: hopping freight trains, getting hit by lightning, performing his banned play in Czechoslovakia, growing up in Minnesota, and eating things before knowing what they are.

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Dolores Hydock
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Dolores Hydock

Dolores Hydock is an actress and storyteller from Birmingham, Alabama. Her vivacious style fills the stage with wit, energy, and a swirl of characters that bring to life an array of personal stories, medieval adventures, oral histories, and literary classics. 

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Bil Lepp

Bil Lepp is an internationally-known storyteller, author, and recording artist whose style has been described as a satisfying blend of Bob Newhart and Jeff Foxworthy.  A five-time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest, his outrageous tall tales and witty stories are a signature of his repertoire.

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