Tampa/Hillsborough County Storytelling Festival

2020 Featured Teller: Orisirisi African Folklore
2019 Featured Teller: Pat Nease

2019 Featured Teller: Pat Nease

Past president of the Florida Storytelling Association, Pat is a four-time winner of Florida’s Liars Contests. Despite her enlarged funny bone, she manages to travel around the country entertaining listeners with her unique style, ready wit, original and personal stories and adaptations of old favorites. A retired educator, she believes storytelling is the most powerful tool in a teacher’s toolbox.

She is the recipient of the Florida Storytelling Association’s 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2012 National
Storytelling Networks’ Oracle Award, and FSA’s 2017 Ambassador of Storytelling Award. She is active with national,
state, and local storytelling organizations, spending her time presenting workshops, telling stories, and nurturing the joy of storytelling.

Contact Us

Jason Rogers
c/o Tampa-Hillsborough County Library
102 E. 7th Avenue
Tampa, FL 33602
info@tampastory.org
813-204-2659

What the Festival contributes:

Supporting youth storytellers …

The Festival placed storytelling resource book collections at all City and County Recreation Centers and Playgrounds. These books are used by the children to select suitable stories for telling. They are especially helpful for children who do not have a library within easy walking distance and who may have little or no book resources at home. (This also aids in the development of reading interest and literacy skills for these children.) There are collections of ready-to-tell stories appropriate for children in inner city settings who may have less “world experience” and coaching/support from parents.A professional storytelling coach visits recreation centers to help leaders and their young storytellers polish their storytelling performances. This teller helps the children better refine their performances and provides them with personal contact with a quality teller.

See a Map


Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library, Home of the 40th Annual Hillsborough County-Tampa Storytelling Festival: 1505 Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33602

Countdown!

hourglass220 days and counting until the 40th Annual Storytelling Festival is here!

What they’re saying:

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“This [Festival] is a wonderful opportunity to see and hear storytelling at its best by some terrific young talent. Great job Storytellers!”

— Deanna Long, Festival Attendee

In Memory

Virginia RiversThe Annual Tampa-Hillsborough County Storytelling Festival is dedicated to the memory of Virginia Rivers