10th Annual Storytellers’ Festival


October 19-24, 2014

Brought to you by the Friends of Anderson County Library, in cooperation with Anderson University


Performances take place at the Anderson County Library and are open to children and adults, the young and the young-at-heart.

Sunday, Oct. 19, 3 p.m.
“Foibles, Fables & Other Imaskinations”
FREE! Approx. length—60 minutes

Doug Berky & “Foibles, Fables, & Other Imaskinations”: “I sought stories that teach, assure, & lend guidance to the listener in troubled times. These are old, even ancient, stories from four diverse cultures [Korea, India, France, & Eastern Europe]… & comprise some of humanity’s greatest wisdom.”

Monday, Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m.
FREE! Approx. length—90 minutes

Adam Booth: “I fondly remember the hours spent listening to stories from my grandparents, great-grandparents, & other relatives way out in the mountains of W. Virginia. Storytelling is a preservation of community, heritage, history, & folklife.” Adam travels the country weaving tall tales & telling traditional Appalachian stories.

Geraldine Buckley: “Whether they’re tall tales or true tales, ancient or modern, stories have a way of bonding listeners together….Perhaps our global village would be less fraught, peace more prevalent, if politicians & diplomats remembered the truth that we all knew as children—that the shortest distance between two hearts is a story.” Geraldine will have you laughing until you cry.

Megan Hicks: “Story-telling is pulling art from thin air, because storytelling is just talking to yourself until you’ve connected with your listeners and engaged their imaginations.” From Pennsylvania, Megan has traveled the world, talking to herself and connecting with her listeners.

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6:30 p.m.
A Cast from CAST
Members of the Clemson Area Story Tellers’ Guild
FREE! Approx. length—90 minutes

Charlee Duvall was born in a dresser drawer & raised in a cardboard box. Does she have plenty of stories to tell! Bill Eister is a founding member of CAST and a nuclear engineer who loves to tell stories. Cathelene Morris, media specialist at Nevitt Forest Community School of Innovation, enjoys telling folk & fairy tales & biblical stories. Judy Seeley lives in Easley via Illinois, Pennsylvania, & Georgia & she’s collected lots of stories along the way which she enjoys sharing whenever she can. Jay Wright is the emcee for the evening & president of the Foothills Writers’ Guild.

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 6:30 p.m.
FREE! Approx. length—90 minutes

Geraldine is joined again with Adam Booth and Megan Hicks and their unique looks at the classic fairytale about Cinderella.

Thursday, Oct. 23 6:30 p.m.
“Seersucker, Sweet Tea, & Souse Meat”
FREE! Approx. length—90 minutes

Tim Lowry & “Seersucker, Sweet Tea, & Souse Meat”: “To be a person is to have a story to tell. It fulfills a very basic human need to have a sense of place in time & space, a sense of kinship…of belonging.” Tim, from Summerville, has become one of the state’s most popular and busiest storytellers.

Friday, Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m.
Featuring The Covered Bridge Trio with Porkchop Branch, Dustin Owens, & Jay Wright
FREE! Approx. length—90 minutes

“Andy [Offutt Irwin] took me on a journey unlike any other, full of heart and gut-busting humor all wrapped in a hauntingly beautiful story…When it comes to originality, Andy is a piece of the American storytelling puzzle that isn’t shaped like any other.”–Kevin Kling, playwright, storyteller & commentator on NPR’s “All Things Considered.”

The Covered Bridge is an acoustic folk trio from Anderson & includes Michael “Porkchop” Branch, Dustin Owens, & Jay Wright. All three belong to the Foothills Writers’ Guild & have been first-place winners in songwriting contests.



From 1-85 North, take Exit 19A to Hwy. 76 and turn right toward Anderson. Follow Clemson Blvd. to intersection of E. Greenville St. Turn left, then right onto N. McDuffie Street. Anderson County Library is two blocks up on left.

From I-85 South, take Exit 27 to Hwy. 81(E. Greenville St.) and left toward Anderson. To reach the Anderson County Library, continue on E. Greenville St. to N. McDuffie St. Turn left. Library is two blocks up on left.


Each year the Starburst Storytellers perform for students in area schools and those bused to Anderson University. We appreciate the help of the Anderson University Teaching Fellows Program and the schools’ support of this outreach and the assistance of Friends board members & supporters in making the tellers’ visit to Anderson an enjoyable one.

In addition to Anderson University, the Friends of the Anderson County Library is also grateful to the following sponsors for their support of the 10th Anniversary Starburst Storytellers’ Festival:

  • AnMed Health Carolina Cardiology
  • AnMed Health Family Medicine Residency
  • Blue Ridge Electric
  • The Peoples Bank
  • T.L. Hanna High School N.H.S.
  • Board of Trustees, Anderson County Library
  • Kay McKee, Marian Moorhead
  • Caroline Tolbert & Carl & Debby Stone

An extra special thanks to:

Jennifer Walker & The Bleckley Inn

For more information, contact Marybeth Evans, Community Services Coordinator for the Anderson County Library,
at 864-260-4500, ext. 107.