15th Annual Starburst Storytellers’ Festival


Starburst Storytellers

October 13 – 17, 2019

Presented by the Friends of Anderson County Library, in cooperation with the Anderson County Library and Anderson University. All performances are free and open to all ages.

Tim Lowry, the Sweet Tea Commentator

Sunday, October 13 at 3 pm – Anderson Main Library
Tim Lowry tells stories from his unique ‘seersucker perspective’ of storytelling which features historical facts, regional folk tales, personal narrative, and traditional Southern folklore. Tim will tell stories about some of his best friends– or at least as much as he is allowed to tell without betraying certain folks’ trust! Tim and his friends have certainly had some madcap adventures. Or as Cole Porter would say “Walla walla walla bing bing bing!”

Faye Wooden, Laughter…Legends…Lessons…Life

Monday, October 14 at 7 pm – Anderson Main Library
Faye’s life story is as colorful as the stories she tells. Having worked as a teacher, university administrator, musician, bear trapper, herbalist, pet therapy volunteer, author, hiker, and student of nature, Faye brings a unique perspective.

Yasu Ishida, Japanese Storyteller & Magician

Tuesday, October 15 at 7 pm – Anderson Main Library

A very special Family Night @ the Library! Combining traditional Japanese arts, Yasu will guide audiences to the enchanting land of Japan through folktale, music, lion dance, origami, and a Japanese traditional vaudeville act.

Adam Booth, Folklore, Music & Contemporary Appalachia

Wednesday, October 16 at 7 pm – Anderson Main Library
Award-winning storyteller and musician Adam Booth will perform his original work, influenced by traditional folktales of Appalachia. Adam Booth’s original storytelling blends traditional mountain folklore, music, and an awareness of contemporary Appalachia.

Ramona Moore Big Eagle, Legend Keeper of the Tuscarora Nation

Thursday, October 17 at 7 pm – Anderson Main Library
Ramona Moore Big Eagle is a storyteller, oral historian, and Legend Keeper of the Tuscarora Nation in North Carolina. Her performance highlights American Indian culture and history through the art of storytelling, authentic artifacts, music, drumming, dance, and crafts.

Special Thanks

Each year the Starburst Storytellers perform for students in area schools and those bussed 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 15th Starburst Storytellers’ Festival:

  • AnMed Health Carolina Cardiology
  • Grace Episcopal Church
  • The Peoples Bank
  • Wells Fargo
  • Robert Rainey and Family

For more information, email the Anderson County Library, or call 864-260-4500, ext. 107.