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A trademarked program of the National Storytelling Network

Tellabration! is a worldwide event held at the same time in communities throughout the world by a network of volunteers eager to build grassroots support for storytelling. Tellabration was intended originally for grown-up audiences but it has evolved over the years. Each producer decides what best suits their community.

Last Update Date: January 3, 2006

To learn more about Tellabration! and its history, click here.

Visit the offical Tellabration website. Here you can learn how to produce your own Tellabration! in your home town or find a complete list of all Tellbration! sites.

Return to this page in the fall to find out the Tellabration! 2007 sites in Georgia

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Tellabration History

Tellabration is a worldwide benefit evening of storytelling. It creates a network of storytelling enthusiasts bonded together in spirit at the same time and on the same weekend.

Tellabration originator J. G. Pinkerton envisioned this international event as a means of building community support for storytelling. In 1988 the event was launched by the Connecticut Storytelling Center in six locations across the state. A great success,Tellabration extended to several other states the following year, and then, in 1990, expanded nationwide under the umbrella of the National Storytelling Network (then called NAPPS, and later the National Storyelling Association).

In 1995, for the first time, there was a Tellabration in Japan, brought there by Japanese storyteller Masako Sueyoshi, who had been a part of Tellabration when she lived in Connecticut for several years. By 1997, there were Tellabration events on every continent but Antarctica. (Anyone know any good penguin storytellers?)

Tellabration is traditionally held on the Saturday night before Thanksgiving. Some events, however, may be at an alternate time during the same weekend.

Anyone can produce a Tellabration event: storytelling organizations and centers, schools, libraries, colleges, museums, performing-arts centers, story-swap groups, story enthusiasts, and others.

NSN serves as a facilitator to producers and a clearinghouse for information. NSN also publicizes Tellabration! events worldwide and offers an updated, Promotional Kit CD for $25.00. For new sites and/or first time producers, a Manual and Guidebook CD is available for $15.00. Contact the National Storytelling Network at 1-800-525-4514.


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