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Volume 24, Number 6 — June 2017

June brings stellar line-up to International Storytelling Center

Andy Offutt Irwin performs June 13-17
Andy Offutt Irwin performs June 13-17

May 31, 2017

Storytelling Live!, the International Storytelling Center's teller-in-residence series, continues its season. The program features 26 of America's best-loved storytellers, one each week May through October. Each teller appears in matinee performances Tuesday through Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Mary B. Martin Storytelling Hall.

Liz Weir, of Northern Ireland, performs May 30-June 3. Formerly a children's librarian for the city of Belfast, she travels the world including appearances on five continents. A genuine senachie (Irish storyteller), Weir spins classic lore, and folklore packed with the little people, songs and stories. Weir is the recipient of the NSN ORACLE International Storybridge award, which cited her "exemplary work promoting the art of storytelling within Ireland and between other countries."

Award winning storyteller and ordained minister Geraldine Buckley, of Maryland, appears June 6-10. With her signature quick wit and warm humor, she specializes in weaving true tales to make people laugh, think deeply, and leave wanting more. Buckley also hosts her workshop, Rock the Flock, Thursday, June 8 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Attendees to use stories as an outreach tool to write better sermons, transform lives, or shape personal stories.

June 13-17 favorite Andy Offutt Irwin, from Georgia, as Storytelling Live's resident storyteller. With a manic, Silly Putty voice, heart-filled stories, and amazing mouth noises, Irwin has been described as "The Marx Brothers meet Eudora Welty." Irwin's appearances have taken him across the U.S. He is the recipient of the NSN ORACLE Circle of Excellence award. Irwin offers a special children's concert Saturday, June 17, at 10:30 a.m.

Storytelling Live! welcomes two-time Grammy winner Bill Harley, from Massachusetts, June 20-24. A songwriter, storyteller, author, performing and recording artist, Harley uses song and story to paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of American life. He is also the recipient of an NSN ORACLE Circle of Excellence award. Harley will give a special evening performance, It'll Be Funny Someday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Rounding out the month of June, June 27-July 1, is Ed Stivender of Pennsylvania. Called "the Robin Williams of storytelling" by Miami Herald, Stivender has toured the world since 1981 presenting his one-man shows. Known for his mixture of whimsy, wit and wisdom, he invites his audience into an interactive dance of the imagination. Stivender is an NSN ORACLE Circle of Excellence award recipient.

For more information about Storytelling Live! or to purchase tickets call 800-952-8392 ext. 222 or 423-913-1276.

Topics: Storytelling