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Plans Shaping Up for First Storytelling Festival

News Courier (Athens, AL) , May 18, 2007


Five of the country’s leading storytellers will appear at the First Annual Spirit of Athens Storytelling Festival the last weekend of October.

According to organizer Wayne Kuykendall, the lineup will include: Donald Davis, North Carolina; Andy Offut Irwin, Atlanta; Carmen Deedy, Decatur, Ga.; Bil Lepp, West Virginia, and Kathryn Windham, Selma.

“These are some of the nation’s best,” said Kuykendall. “They will be doing two performances Friday and two performances Saturday. There are no repeats of any stories.”

Organizers will set up a tent to seat 1,500 on Marion Street.

All storytellers, except Windham will arrive early for special storytelling sessions Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 24 and 25, for all school children in grades 4 through 8 in city and county schools, plus private and home-schooled students.

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