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NSN Storyteller Profile ... Linda Gorham

PO Box 6644
Aurora, IL 60598-

(630) 542-7025


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Linda Gorham
Storytelling with Sophisticated “Attitude!”

Dynamic and exciting, Linda Gorham uses movement, humor, and sometimes zaniness as she tells imaginative folktales, twisted fairy tales, and history stories updated with “attitude!” Her stories, keynotes, and history programs inspire, entertain, and engage audiences of all ages. Her stories are sometimes very interactive and often downright funny. Even her serious topics are engaging and have moments of humor.

Linda performs internationally as a storyteller, speaker, and workshop presenter. Her 2014 CD, Jumping on Grandma??&trade;s Plastic Covered Couch, is a revealing look at the poignant, quirky, and often unpredictable world of family, love, and self-identity. Linda was the Co-Festival Director of the “In the Tradition …” National Black Storytelling Festival and Conference in Chicago, Illinois in November 2014.


Program Themes
Multicultural Folktales - Updated with "attitude" and packed with participation
Respect & Other Character Stories - No preaching, just teaching
Anansi the Spider & Other Trickster Stories - You can??&trade;t get something for nothing and laziness will get you nowhere – tales of tricksters from many cultures
Hair Raisers - Ghostly stories for all ages – tales that will make you cringe and tales to tickle your funny bone
Holiday Stories - Christmas, Kwanzaa & Hanukah stories
The Civil War Experience – Battlefields, heroes, prisons & unlikely friendships
Mythological Love Stories – Cupid & Psyche, Pygmalion and more
Funky Fairy Tales – Twisted, tweaked and all grown up!
I Shape Freedom – Linda combines historical background and personal testimony to tell the stories of many remarkable African Americans who shaped freedom by helping to change attitudes about race in the United States.
My Family, Your Family: You just have to love them!

Career Highlights
Full-time professional storyteller since 1996
Co-festival director: 2014 National Black Storytelling Festival & Conference (Chicago)
Co-director: the National Association of Black Storytellers (NABS) Adopt-A-Teller Program
Co-chair: The 2003 National Storytelling Conference (Chicago)
Co-chair: 2004 People to People Storytelling trip to South Africa

Types of stories I tell:

Linda Gorham is known for her enthusiastic, energetic, and interactive storytelling performances. She takes old folktales from many countries and updates them to be modern, fun and meaningful. She also tells Greek Myths, stories about the Civil War, and stories that are perfect for African American History Month.

I tell stories for:

All Ages

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I am willing to travel:


My travel requirements:

Linda performs internationally. Please call for fees.

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Organizations I belong to:

National Association of Black Storytellers Northlands Storytelling Network Fox Valley Storytelling Guild ASE: The Chicago Association of Black Storytellers