“The Storytelling Festival puts the Connect in Connecticut!” 
Festival Attendee
The 42nd Annual Storytelling Festival and Conference was a delightful blend of folk tales and history, songs and personal stories, educational opportunities and connection! Downtown New London is feeling more like home, and everyone seemed to enjoy the venue at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Congregation on Jay Street. The space was welcoming, accessible, and seemed to fit us perfectly! We hope that this is the first of many happy gatherings at this wonderful location. 
“Moving to downtown New London is the BEST!” 
Festival Attendee
“Unitarian church space is lovely with plenty of room, great parking, one level, restrooms close and accessible.”
Festival Attendee
A big “Thank you!” to Len Cabral, Adwoa Bandele-Asante, Simon Brooks, Tom Callinan, Sara deBeer, Jezrie Marcano-Courtney, and our friends from the Kenyan Maasai tribe for their delightful, thought-provoking, and inspiring performances!
“Great stories, Great community spirit, Great fun!”
Festival Attendee
“I have been attending the CSC Festival and Conference for over 25 years, and it never ceases to amaze, educate, and bring joy with each diverse performance or workshop!”
Festival Attendee
We also thank the festival committee and all of the faithful volunteers who made this year’s event a wonderful success! Finally, a big shout-out to Carol Mon, Festival Director, Ann Shapiro, CSC Executive Director, and Susie Scheyder, Administrative Assistant for their year-round efforts to plan for and make the festival happen!
“The annual Connecticut Festival is a GREAT place to reconnect with colleagues and make new friends.”
Festival Attendee
Adwoa Bandele-Asante waves goodbye as Harriet Tubman.
President of the Board, Bina Williams, speaks at The Scattering.
Carol Birch tells at the Anne Izard Award performance.
Henry Brown, one of the teen tellers, shares “The Enchanted Cake”.
Jezrie Marcano-Courtney tells a personal tale.
Judy Stoughton accepts the Kate McClelland Librarian’s Award.
Judy Petersen at the Anne Izard performance.
Eshu Bumpus receives the Barbara Reed Award.
Lauren Mendoza presents the Kate McClelland Librarian’s Award.
Cecilia Seleyian, of the Maasai Tribe, talks about the women’s role in her community.
Chief Joseph Ole Tipanko tells how he was chosen as chief of the Maasai.
Len Cabral hears the audience joining in.
Martha Bishop, Janet Carlson, and Anne-Marie Forer accept the Peg O’Sullivan Volunteer Award from Judy Petersen.
Lorraine Hartin Gelardi tells at the Anne Izard performance.
Melissa Heckler presents at the Anne Izard performance.
Motoko accepts the Barbara Reed Award.
Nancy Parent and Saul Fussiner facilitate the Narrative 4 workshop.
Pankhudi Prasad tells “The Squire’s Bride” as one of the Teen Tellers.
Sara deBeer leads the workshop on curriculum connections.
Simon Brooks tells at The Gathering.
Tom Callinan surprises himself!
We need your input! What did you like about the festival? What could be improved? Please follow this link to a BRIEF evaluation, and help make our annual festival even better!
NEW! Monthly News
We are planning to start sending out CSC news on a monthly basis. Please keep us posted about storytelling events and performances that you would like us to promote! We’ll plan to have the next news out in June.
The Connecticut Storytelling Festival & Conference was funded with support from:
Connecticut Office of the Arts, which also receives support from