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Texas Storytelling Festival 2023

Stories entertain. Stories connect us to each other. We all have stories of joy, sorrow, loss, and hilarity.Join us for the Texas Storytelling Festival March 9-12, 2023. Hear stories from over 50 different tellers.

There will be stories galore!

  • Ghost Stories

  • Texas Tales

  • Liars Contest

  • Sacred Tales

  • Story Slam

  • Poetry Slam

  • Music

  • Workshops

  • Youth Activities

  • Social Hours

  • Fringe

  • Story Swap


Meet Our Featured Tellers

Sheila Arnoldhas been gifted by God with performance skills and has been using this talent since she was eight years old.  Since 2003 she has been a full-time storyteller, traveling across the United States to share a variety of stories, as well as doing historic character presentations, Christian monologues, coaching and

Elizabeth Ellisgrew up in the Appalachian Mountains. Invariably hilarious and poignant, she is a repeat favorite at the National Storytelling Festival. The author of From Plot to Narrative, she is a recipient of both the Circle of Excellence and Life Time Achievement Awards from the National Storytelling

Colin Urwindescribed as “keeping alive the tradition of the Seanchaí,” is a folk singer, songwriter and storyteller from Ireland. As well as his self-penned stories drawn from the local legend and folklore of his beloved Glens of Antrim, Colin tells many traditional Irish and Scottish folk tales.

Joe Hayes is an award-winning author and nationally recognized teller of Southwestern folktales from the Hispanic, Native American and Anglo cultures. His bilingual Spanish-English storytelling has earned him a distinctive place among America’s storytellers. He has published over twenty-five children’s books. Joe has done a summer storytelling series at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe for 40 years.

Bernadette Nasonis anaward-winning storyteller, author, actor, and voice-over artist from the UK, living in Austin, Texas.  Nason has been a Texas Commission on the Arts' touring artist since 2002. In 2021, Nason wrote/performed two solo shows, Confessions of an English Danger Girland Stealing Baby Jesus, for Austin Playhouse where she's a company member. She's published two books: Tea in Tripoli: A Memoirand Stealing Baby Jesus.

Register Today!

For more Festival information and registration:

American Sign Language Interpreters in all evening storytelling events.

For more information:,tsa@tejasstorytelling.comor (940) 380-9320.