A festival for fans of things that go bump in the night [Family & Parenting]

Corn Island Storytelling Fest

Five years after its untimely demise, the Corn Island Storytelling Festival is, fittingly, back from the dead.

Fans of storytelling, oral traditions and being creeped out are invited to the U of L Belknap Campus, on the Ekstrom Library Lawn, this Friday, October 12, from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. to enjoy this newly revived decades old Louisville autumn tradition.  

A family friendly event, there will be pumpkin painting and tombstone decorating for the kids, sponsored by the Student Activities Board, at 6 p.m. and starting at 7 p.m. there will be music and kid-friendly ghost tales until 8:30. After that? The scary stuff will start!

Presenters include:

Roberta Simpson Brown: Queen of Cold Bloodied Tales

Anne MacFie: Storyteller, Musician

Graham Shelby: Storyteller writer

Nana Yaa Asantewaa: International Storyteller

Col. Bob Thompson: Commissioner of Kentucky Front Porches and Resident Storyteller on Kentucky Homefront

Nefertiti Burton: U of L Theater Arts professor and Associate Dean for International, Diversity and Outreach programs; story teller.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair, a flashlight and their imaginations.

Food, beverages and restrooms will be available in the Bingham Humanities building.

As it is a family friendly event, no alcohol is allowed.

The Corn Island Storytelling Festival was a fixture in the area every autumn for almost three decades before its last run in 2007. It’s revival this year is thanks to a grant from the Louisville Metro Government and additional support from UofL’s Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and International Affairs, University Libraries and Office of Communications and Marketing . Other sponsors include WFPK-FM, "Kentucky Homefront" and the U of L Student Activities Board.

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Photos courtesy of U of L website (www.louisville.edu) and the Corn Island Storytelling Fest website (www.cornislandstorytellingfestival.org)


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