Each year The Ark revives the oldest of all the arts with our February Storytelling Festival, featuring talespinners from far and wide. This year's festival guests are Donald Davis, Carol Birch and Laura Lee Hayes (local). North Carolina storyteller Donald Davis has been called "among the most popular figures on today's storytelling circuit" by the Los Angeles Times. He grew up in a Southern Appalachian mountain world rich in stories. "I didn't learn stories, I just absorbed them," he says as he recounts tales and more tales learned from a family of traditional storytellers who have lived on the same Western North Carolina land since 1781. In 1998, Connecticut's Carol Birch received the National Storytelling Network's Circle of Excellence Award given to storytellers recognized as master tellers by their peers, setting standards for excellence, and demonstrating a commitment and dedication to the art over a significant period of time. Laura Lee Hayes grew up crafting stories from snippets of fairy tales, family tales, movies and myths. After years of travel, including a year with the circus, she has happily settled in Ann Arbor and stepped up to the joys and thrills of claiming her hat as storyteller.
The Ann Arbor District Library and the Ann Arbor Storytellers' Guild present:
Imagination, Feeling and Attitude in Stories with Storyteller Carol Birch
Saturday, February 16, 2013 10:00 am to 11:30 am Multi-Purpose Room - Downtown Library 343 S 5th Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Nationally-renowned storyteller Carol Birch presents a workshop for teens and adults before her performance at the 26th Annual Storytelling Festival at The Ark. This presentation, which helps the storyteller in all of us bring character and setting into sharper focus, reminds us of how to capture imagery to create a story with the vividness and conviction of daily living.