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Storytelling with "Sophisticated Attitude"

Storytelling with
Linda Gorham loves folktales and trickster tales from all over the world! She tells them in her signature style that includes laughs, call and response, plus energetic audience participation. Many of her stories celebrate themes such as respect, cooperation, perseverance, and social responsibility. Linda’s stories and programs are designed specifically for grouped grades (preK-2, 3-5, 6-8, etc.). She understands the learning modes and the 'giggle factor' for each group. Linda also tells ghost stories, twisted fairy tales, 'why' stories, Greek Mythology, and stories that celebrate many remarkable African Americans. Linda was a 2016 'Featured Teller' at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival and the Haunting in the Hills Festival. She was also a ‘New Voice Teller’ at the National Storytelling Festival and a 'Teller in Residence' at the International Storytelling Center in 2015. Linda calls her work 'teaching without preaching.' As one student said, "Mrs. Gorham is better than recess!"

Artist Background

Linda Gorham's performances are filled with surprising twists and unconventional humor. For 25 years, Linda has engaged audiences with highly interactive folktales, distinctive myths, notably twisted fairy tales and riveting well-rehearsed historical stories. Each age-appropriate performance is infused with Linda's unique, signature 'sophisticated attitude.' Linda's award winning children's CD "Common Sense and Uncommon Fun" breathes new life into timeless multicultural folktales. Linda performs internationally and has been featured at storytelling festivals all over the United States. "Linda can rivet people of all walks of life with tales from all over the world. To some, Gorham is a hip, here-and-now modern day griot." -Chicago Tribune

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