12th Annual Storytellers’ Festival

Starburst Storytellers

October 16-20, 2016

Brought to you by the Friends of Anderson County Library, in cooperation with Anderson University.

It’s a celebration of Poe! All events are free and open to all ages.

Sunday, October 16th

3 pm – Main Library
FESTIVAL OPENING with Allan Wolf – “It’s All About Poe”
Two-time winner of the NC Young Adult Book Award, Allan Wolf is an author, performance poet, and storyteller living in Asheville. A former educational director of Poetry Alive!, he’s considered one of the founding fathers of the National Poetry Slam movement. With literally hundreds of poems committed to memory, Allan travels the country presenting programs for all ages.“I have a fondness for E.A. Poe that began when I was 10 years old. My Allan is spelled just like Poe’s Allan and I used to lie to my friends that I was named for E.A. Poe. I drew a picture on my bedroom wall, a self-portrait, of a kid who had been sealed up behind a brick wall.”

Monday, October 17th

6:30pm – Main Library
Adam Booth
Adam Booth is a favorite of Starburst audiences. His stories and recordings have won Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Awards and Storytelling World Award recognitions. He has been a New Voice at the National Storytelling Festival and Teller-in-Residence at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, TN. He’s won four West Virginia Liars’ Contests!

Tuesday, October 18th

6:30pm – Main Library
A cast from CAST (Clemson Area Storytellers’ Guild)
Charlee Duvall, Lisa Eister, Lynn Garner, and Donna Tillman.

Wednesday, October 19th

9:30 am – Main Library 
Essential Stories for Effective Communication
Tim Lowry conducts a workshop designed for business owners and nonprofit and government leaders. A well-told story, placed strategically into presentations, advertising campaigns, and on social media can make a huge difference in fundraising and political campaigns, board meetings, and office management. Learn to show who your are, describe what you do and why, and how you make a difference. Registration required. Call 260-4500, ext. 107 to register.

6:30pm – Main Library
Bobbie Pell – “The Moonstone Minstrel”
This year marks the second Starburst Festival for Bobbie Pell. For over 30 years she has shared her love of story with audiences of all ages, her specialty being Celtic folklore and traditions. She teaches Celtic Arts at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Thursday, October 20th

6:30pm – Main Library
Tim Lowry is another Starburst favorite. He grew up in southeastern Kentucky and now lives in Summerville, SC with his family. He has been telling a variety of folk tales and stories from American history for 15 years. He has won numerous awards for his recordings and has performed at the National Storytelling Festival and Piccolo Spoleto.



From 1-85 North, take Exit 19A to Hwy. 76 and turn right toward Anderson. Follow Clemson Blvd. to intersection of E. Greenville St. Turn left, then right onto N. McDuffie Street. The Anderson County Main Library is two blocks up on left.

From I-85 South, take Exit 27 to Hwy. 81(E. Greenville St.) and left toward Anderson. To reach the Anderson County Main Library, continue on E. Greenville St. to N. McDuffie St. Turn left. The Library is two blocks up on left.

Special Thanks

Each year the Starburst Storytellers perform for students in area schools and those bussed to Anderson University. We appreciate the help of the Anderson University Teaching Fellows Program and the schools’ support of this outreach and the assistance of Friends board members & supporters in making the tellers’ visit to Anderson an enjoyable one.

In addition to Anderson University, the Friends of the Anderson County Library is also grateful to the following sponsors for their support of the 12th Starburst Storytellers’ Festival:

  • AnMed Health Carolina Cardiology
  • AnMed Health Family Medicine Residency
  • Blue Ridge Security Solutions
  • The Independent Mail
  • The Peoples Bank
  • Wells Fargo

An extra special thanks to:

The Holiday Inn, Clemson Blvd.

For more information, contact Marybeth Evans, Community Services Coordinator for the Anderson County Library,
at 864-260-4500, ext. 107.