14th Annual Starburst Storytellers’ Festival

Starburst Storytellers

October 14 – 18, 2018

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.

John Thomas Fowler – “Grandma’s Apron Strings”

Sunday, October 14 at 3 pm – Anderson Main Library
A unique blend of colorful stories about growing up almost Appalachian from award-winning folklore storyteller John Thomas Fowler. Powerfully engaging, spiritually touching, and downright funny, with a nice dose of mountain music and ballad singing.

Donna Marie Todd – “My Life’s a Long Story – How About Yours?”

Monday, October 15 at 7 pm – Anderson Main Library
Called the “singer of stories,” Donna Marie Todd presents a witty personal narrative about family reunions in the hills of West Virginia woven with delightful songs.

Natalie Daise – “Comeyah Tales”

Tuesday, October 16 at 7 pm – Anderson Main Library
Explore the rich culture and history of coastal South Carolina and the Lowcountry with unique and compelling folktales and stories from the award-winning artist and master storyteller Natalie Daise, also known as “Ms. Natalie” on Nick Jr.’s award-winning television program, Gullah Gullah Island.

Tally Johnson – “South Carolina Ghost Lore”

Wednesday, October 17 at 7 pm – Anderson Main Library
True ghost stories from the rich history and folklore of South Carolina, as well as some from personal experiences from award-winning author and storyteller Tally Johnson.

Doug Berky – “Gems: The World’s Wisdom Stories”

Thursday, October 18 at 7 pm – Anderson Main Library
Master storyteller and artisan Doug Berky uses masks, mime, puppetry, and the power of a good story to share wisdom stories collected from around the world.

…and after the Festival
Finding and Telling Family and Personal Stories: A Workshop with CAST

Saturday, October 20, 9 am – 12 pm – Anderson Main Library
The Clemson-Anderson Storytelling Guild will host an interactive workshop on telling family and personal stories, with tips on how to be a more effective storyteller. All skill levels welcome.

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 14th Starburst Storytellers’ Festival:

  • AnMed Health Carolina Cardiology
  • AnMed Health Medical Education
  • Grace Episcopal Church
  • The Peoples Bank
  • Sunbrella
  • Wells Fargo
  • Caroline Tolbert & Carl and Debbie Stone
  • Kay McKee & Marian Moorhead
  • Maynards Furniture

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