Getting to Know Shonaleigh

Kim McCloskey

Not everyone gets the chance to meet a Drut'syla, let alone hear her stories. What is a Drut'syla? Well, I'm glad you asked. Meet Shonaleigh, a storyteller coming to us from East Sussex, UK who was brought up in the Drut’syla tradition by her Bubbe (Grandmother). She has been a festival favorite and we're glad to have her back. Recently, we enjoyed a pleasant phone conversation in which she was gracious enough to set aside her cup of tea to answer a few questions and give us more insight intoRead More ...

Getting to Know Barbara McBride-Smith

Courtney Burns

Don’t let the sweet picture fool you, Barbara McBride-Smith is a firecracker of a woman with stories just bursting out of her. From Greek myths, to Bible stories (told with delightful twists), and personal stories that are both knee-slapping and heartwarming, Barbara is sure...

Getting to Know Donald Davis

Madeleine Hamblin

One would be hard-pressed to find someone connected to the festival who has not heard Donald Davis. He is a stalwart, veteran teller and integral part of the festival. I distinctly remember listening to and loving his stories during my first years at the festival as a child and continuing to enjoy his storytelling throughout my life. Now that I am grown with a young family of my own...

5 Questions with Kevin Kling

Courtney Burns

To see Kevin Kling perform once is to love him for a lifetime. Kevin is perhaps best known for his commentaries on NPR’s All Things Considered as well as storytelling events around the globe—he is a favorite at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival—but is also an accomplished author and playwright. Growing up in the Minneapolis suburbs of Brooklyn Park and Maple Grove provided fertile ground for a special blend of autobiographical stories rooted in the unique culture of Minnesota...

Stories Grow Everywhere – Part 1

Wendy Gourley

To honor the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival’s move to their new home at the Ashton Gardens at Thanksgiving Point, this year’s festival’s theme is Stories Grow Everywhere. The new theme caught my fancy and I decided between now and the festival in September, to put this theory to the test. I’m going to look for stories wherever I go and see if I really do find them growing everywhere.

I’m Gonna Start Lying

By Rodney M. Bliss

He was a lawyer, and he was my friend, but I knew he was lying. Talking about a lawyer lying is almost cliche. However, the last few years, I’ve spent way more time than I would like sitting in a court room full of lawyers. And fortunately, in all of those interactions, I don’t think any of them lied, or even skirted the truth.

Liar, Liar. . .Here Have An Award!

Tonight is our annual Liar's Competition, held at the Orem Public Library and it's free to the public. The youth competition begins at 6:00 pm and the adult competition starts at 7:00 pm. If you've never been to one, you really ought to check it out, soooo entertaining. Our guest blogger Rodney Bliss, a former MC, tells you what to expect.

5 Questions for Daniel Morden

Written by Kim McCloskey

I get nervous, particularly in front of thousands of people. What do I do? - I trust the stories. I am just a conduit for a tale that has charmed, chilled, or thrilled audiences for hundreds-sometimes thousands- of years. If I can get out of my own way then the story will work its magic.