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:

Showcasing storytelling for diverse audiences

A storyteller who tells using American Sign Language has been added to the roster of professional tellers at the culminating Festival. This service to the hearing impaired community also raises awareness of storytelling’s many faces.Bilingual Spanish storytelling has been an integral part of the Festival for many years. In 1998 the Festival opened a multilingual storytelling area. Stories in Spanish and English, French and English, African languages and English, American Sign Language and English were featured in this area. In the spring the City of Tampa Parks & Recreation Department sponsors a weekly Friday night concert. The national teller is highlighted during the concert on the Friday night before the Festival. Thus the Festival is promoted in a very active and entertaining way to music concert-goers who may not hear of the Festival otherwise.

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

Countdown!

hourglass59 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