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    Corn Island Storytelling Fest
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    Five years after its untimely demise, the Corn Island Storytelling Festival is, fittingly, back from the dead.

    Fans of storytelling, oral traditions and being creeped out are invited to the U of L Belknap Campus, on the Ekstrom Library Lawn, this Friday, October 12, from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. to enjoy this newly revived decades old Louisville autumn tradition.  

    A family friendly event, there will be pumpkin painting and tombstone decorating for the kids, sponsored by the Student Activities Board, at 6 p.m. and starting at 7 p.m. there will be music and kid-friendly ghost tales until 8:30. After that? The scary stuff will start!

    Presenters include:

    Roberta Simpson Brown: Queen of Cold Bloodied Tales

    Anne MacFie: Storyteller, Musician

    Graham Shelby: Storyteller writer

    Nana Yaa Asantewaa: International Storyteller

    Col. Bob Thompson: Commissioner of Kentucky Front Porches and Resident Storyteller on Kentucky Homefront

    Nefertiti Burton: U of L Theater Arts professor and Associate Dean for International, Diversity and Outreach programs; story teller.

    Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair, a flashlight and their imaginations.

    Food, beverages and restrooms will be available in the Bingham Humanities building.

    As it is a family friendly event, no alcohol is allowed.

    The Corn Island Storytelling Festival was a fixture in the area every autumn for almost three decades before its last run in 2007. It’s revival this year is thanks to a grant from the Louisville Metro Government and additional support from UofL’s Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and International Affairs, University Libraries and Office of Communications and Marketing . Other sponsors include WFPK-FM, "Kentucky Homefront" and the U of L Student Activities Board.

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    Photos courtesy of U of L website ( and the Corn Island Storytelling Fest website (

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