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Visiting teller to continue the celebration

Linda Gorham will bring her folk tales and personal stories to Tennessee’s oldest town.


Award-winning storyteller Linda Gorham will soon travel to Tennessee’s oldest town to continue the month-long celebration of storytelling sparked by the National Storytelling Festival.

Performing in Jonesborough from Oct. 15 – 18 (Tuesday through Friday), Gorham will host a series of matinees, each beginning at 2 p.m. All concerts are held in the International Storytelling Center’s Main Street headquarters, in its intimate state-of-the-art theater.

Gorham is known for an eclectic repertoire combining folk tales, adapted fairy tales, personal stories, and historical tales. Among the stories she’ll be telling over the course of the week is a series of vignettes on Civil Rights-era icons, which she has carefully crafted and honed over the course of her career.

Growing up, Gorham traveled around the country; her father’s service in the Army led the family to many different places. During those years, she learned to cultivate the skill of feeling at home wherever she stood. “When I get on stage, there’s something that tells me it’s where I’m supposed to be,” she said.

Everything she accomplished in life leading up to becoming a professional storyteller —including motherhood, a job in human resources, and her academic training — helped train Gorham to become a storyteller.

“In college, I majored in mathematics and minored in speech,” she said. “I think I knew way back then there were two sides of me: the part that likes words, and the part that likes rigor. I think I ended up with the best of both worlds.

“There was a little spark in me that was just waiting to be inspired,” she added. Her interest in the field was sparked upon seeing another teller’s performance. She had found her calling. .

Advance purchase is recommended, with tickets available for purchase on ISC’s website (, in person, or over the phone. Walk-in seating is available the day of the show, while supplies last. Tickets for all afternoon matinees are $12 for adults, and $11 for seniors, students, and anyone under 18.

For more information about Storytelling Live!, including the full 2019 line-up, or to purchase tickets, visit or call (800) 952-8392.