Alabama storytellers to hold conference

Published 9:56 pm Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Alabama Storytelling Association will present three days of storytelling fun at its annual conference October 9-11 at the Hampton Inn in Selma.

“Stories” Connecting Lives” will feature workshops by nationally acclaimed storytellers Bill Harley and Tersi Bendiburg.

“Bill Harley is a two-time Grammy Award winning artist and Tersi Bendiburg is funny, witty and entertaining. She sings and accompanies herself on different instruments,” said Bruce Walker, association president. “It will be a great weekend of storytelling and opportunities to tell, learn and network.”

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The conference will be held in conjunction with the Selma’s Alabama Tale Tellin’ Festival, featuring Alabama’s own Kathryn Tucker Windham, Harley, Bendiburg and the Dill Pickers bluegrass band.

The Tale Tellin’ Festival will be at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, Oct. 9 and 10, at Pickard Auditorium.

Walker said the Brundidge Historical Society sponsors the widely popular, Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival each January and there is a lot of local interest in the art of storytelling.

“There will be opportunities to tell tales at the Swapping Ground at 5:30 p.m. each night as well as opportunties to attend the ASA workshops on Oct. 10,” Walker said. “In addition to the ASA storytelling workshops on Saturday, there will be free workshops on Sunday conducted by members of the ASA.”

Conference registration is $55 for ASA members and $75 for non-members.

For more information email or register online at