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.

How do you make time for story?

Written by Kim McCloskey

This year's theme for the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival is "Make Time for Story" and in the months leading up to the festival we want to find out how our volunteers, our audience and even our tellers make time for story.

Childhood Reflections: An Evening with Kim Weitkamp

Written by Christina Sanders

The award winning storyteller Kim Weitkamp delighted her audience at the Springville library last Monday with songs and stories to remind us of childhood and the importance of family.

Festival Etiquette

Written by Kim McCloskey

"Life be not so short but that there is always time for courtesy." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Festival Reflections: Lies, Laughs, and Life

Written by Christina Sanders

Another storytelling festival has come to an end, and we’re left to share the stories, laughs and lessons with our family and friends. Stories offer many takeaways if you’re looking for them. Below are just a few mixed in with the lies, laughs and life lessons.