By Sean Olson, University Relations

Bil Lepp

Maybe you’re 5 years old and you like a good story, or maybe you’re 99 years old and you like a good story.

The important thing is that you like a good story, and that means you need to be in downtown Greensboro from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 23 for NC Story Fest 2005.

Sponsored by a host of area and state organizations, including the UNCG Speaking Center, the event will take place in several locations in downtown Greensboro. The state festival is free and open to the public and described by organizers as a family oriented, multicultural and multigenerational event.

Donna Washington


Featuring national, regional and local story tellers, NC Story Fest 2005 will take place in three locations: the music practice room on the lower level of the Cultural Arts Building, in Festival Park (also known as Price-Bryan Performance Place), in the auditorium of the Greensboro Historical Museum and in the Sternberger Room of the Greensboro Public Library. The headliner storytellers are:
• Bil Lepp, an award-winning story teller that the Smithsonian Center for Folk Life called a “side-splittingly funny man.” He is a six-time winner of the West Virginia State Liar’s Contest and his book is named “Armadillo Recon Unit.”

• Kelly Swanson, who tells “Southern stories of humor and grace” with an energy all her own. Terri Rollins, the 2002-03 President of the North Carolina Storytelling Guild said Swanson’s “down home style is warm and reminiscent of a female Mark Twain.”

• Donna Washington, a story teller and author who has written books such as “A Pride of African Tales” and “A Big Spooky House.” Her stories have won the praise of the School Library Journal Review and the American Library Association.

For more information on NC Story Fest 2005, visit the web site, email or call (336) 210-4659.