Sunday, August 26, 2007

Alabama Tale Tellin' Festival

The brochures are out for this year's Alabama Tale Tellin' Festival. The 29th annual festival is October 12 and 13 and held the same weekend as Riverfront Market Day. Selma's "Ghost Lady," Kathryn Tucker Windham, emcees Tale Tellin.' She is well known for her ghost-story, photography and southern-cooking books and has told stories across the nation. She is featured each year at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tenn. This year's festival features Wanda Johnson, who tells about growing up in Alabama; Bill Lepp, five-time winner of the West Virginia Liars contest; and The Dill Pickers, a string band from Birmingham. If you have your own tale to tell, then meet at the Swappin' Ground at 5:30 p.m.!

6 comments:

Jilly said...

Love this! Tale Telling festival sounds so much fun, as opposed to a literary festival which could perhaps be a little more serious. Interesting lady and post.

JaamZIN said...

she really looks like a grandma telling fairy tales in the evenings:)

Janet said...

Hi Jilly and zsolt. The festival is a lot of fun, both tales and music. Mrs. Windham is a grandma who still writes and makes public appearances. She mostly tells "true" ghost stories and southern superstitions.

lv2scpbk said...

Sounds interesting.

Annie said...

This is so southern and so old-fashioned, sitting around and telling stories. Do you have some stories to tell, Rambling?

Janet said...

Hi lv2scpbk and Annie,
It is interesting! It's held at a local school auditorium, and the stage is decorated with on old cabin porch for the background. There's usually a lot of humor involved as well.
Annie, I don't have any stories to tell for tale-tellin' but I do tell stories in writing.