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!
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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