Tuesday, October 3, 2006

National Storytelling Festival Keeps Oral Tradition Alive

JONESBORO, Tenn. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Internet and television are bigger forms of entertainment, but good old-fashioned storytelling still holds its own – even in the digital age.

That’s the word from Jimmy Neil Smith, President of the International Storytelling Center, which is hosting its 34th Annual “National Storytelling Festival” this weekend (Oct.6-8) in Jonesboro, Tennessee.

The story fest will feature various storytellers telling everything from legends and myths, to folk tales, tall tales and spooky stories.

Smith expects a large turnout at the festival, and while everyone is welcome, he believes there will be more adults than children in attendance.

Says Smith: “People in their sixties and seventies enjoy these festivals because they grew up listening to stories and it’s nostalgic for them.”

He adds, “Kids today have so much TV and internet around them that they aren’t as impressed with storytelling. But they always get a kick out of the spooky stories at the festival.”

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