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Tellers: “Village by the Sea Storytelling Festival – March 2020

December 4, 2019

We are pleased as punch to announce our Guest Tellers for the second annual “Village by the Sea Storytelling Festival on March 14 – 15, 2020 at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley, WA on Whidbey Island. Our festival last March was so successful that we have expanded to two days – Saturday March 14th – 7:30 pm and Sunday March 15th at 2:00 pm. Our tellers will also offer a series of three storytelling workshops on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm for teens 14 yrs and up and adults. More about them later….

We are proud to showcase some of the finest storytellers in the Pacific Northwest. These five performers will present heartfelt personal stories,  engrossing historical stories, folk tales- each with the teller’s own unique twist – and more. For more information, please visit the WICA website at See you in March!!!!




Weavin’ and tellin’ tales for more than 30 years in a variety of settings, Debra brings stories to life in an energetic, dramatic, and toe tappin’ style. She specializes in sharing African and African-American folktales filled with tricksters, humor, participation and thought provoking themes.



Co- founder of the Bellingham Storytellers Guild, Doug Banner has been a leader and promoter in the storytelling community in Northwest Washington for over 20 years. Recognized as a World Folklorist, he has been part of a cultural exchange storytelling team working in Gengcun, China and a national educational reform team in Aruba.


Anne delights audiences nationwide with funny, touching performances that include tales of personal adventure, Pacific Northwest folklore and prize-winning lies. Her singing and mandolin playing add to the fun, along with vivid vocal and physical characterizations such as her Wild West alter-ego, the adventurous Clementine Ryder.

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Before becoming a full-time storyteller, Norm was an award-winning teacher who told stories in his classroom and taught storytelling skills to students. He’s told stories professionally from Oregon to South Carolina, LA to BC; his extensive repertoire includes traditional tales, personal narratives, historical tales, and stories in song.

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Rebecca is a seasoned performance storyteller, has traveled across the US and onto six continents sharing, gathering and creating life stories. Around a campfire, on a couch or in a crowded theater, Rebecca takes listeners from hilarious to heartfelt in a heartbeat.

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