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Pigeon Forge Storytelling Festival in Tennessee in February

The Birmingham News (Birmingham, AL) , January 13, 2008


The Smoky Mountain Storytelling Festival, set this year for Feb. 7-9, brings several thousand weavers of tall tales to the city to hone their craft and to hear experts expound on how the best stories are told. The storytellers who come range from the very young to the very old, from professionals to just-beginning amateurs.

The featured event for young people is the National Youth Storytelling Showcase. Performers, age 17 and younger, come from all over the country to weave tall tales and compete for the title of Grand Torchbearer.

This year's professional storytellers come to Pigeon Forge from all over the United States and even beyond its borders. Tellers scheduled to perform include Waddie Mitchell, a cowboy poet and storyteller from Nevada; Bil Lepp, five-time champion of the West Virginia Liars Contest; Carmen Agra Deedy, an author and storyteller born in Havana, Cuba; Mitch Weiss and Martha Hamilton, a husband-and-wife team; and Willy Claflin, who has been featured at storytelling festivals around the world.

Subjects Covered: education, storytelling festivals

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