When and Where:
Monday, September 8, 2014 7-9 p.m. UNC Greensboro – Elliott University Center Auditorium (Free and open to the public)
Saturday, September 6, 2014
12:00-12:45 pm and 4:30-5:30 pm, Bookmarks Festival, Winston-Salem (Free and open to the public)
Whether he's singing about catfish, pontificating on possums, extolling the virtues of dandelions, telling wild snake tales or wailing out a jivey harmonica tune -- internationally-known storyteller and author Doug Elliott will take you on an unforgettable, multifaceted cultural tour of North America's back country.
Elliott will appear at several free events in Greensboro and Winston-Salem in September, sponsored by the University Libraries at UNCG with support from the Pam and David Sprinkle Children’s Book Author and Storyteller Fund.
Doug's stories derive from his unique lifestyle, as well as his deep interest in plants, animals and people. Since humanity's beginnings our connections with the natural world have defined us and made us who we are. Doug’s stories explore and celebrate the rich diversity of that special human connection to nature. His programs are textured by his use of traditional lore, regional dialects and accents, and enhanced by his soulful harmonica playing.
Storytelling and education go hand-in-hand. For millennia, storytelling has been an invaluable tool for passing information, values and wisdom from one generation to the next. Doug's storytelling performances are infused with educational material, and his educational programs are packed with stories, anecdotes and lore.
Doug’s performances include personal true stories, traditional tales, ancient legends, Native American stories, natural history, folklore, poems, riddles, music and songs.
He has performed and presented programs at festivals, museums, nature centers, botanical gardens, and schools from Canada to the Caribbean. He has been a featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN. He has lectured and performed at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and conducted workshops for the Smithsonian Institution. He has led ranger training sessions for the National Park Service and guided people in the wilderness from down-east Maine to the Florida Everglades.
He was named harmonica champion at Fiddler's Grove Festival in Union Grove, NC. He is the author of four books, many articles in regional and national magazines, and has recorded a number of award-winning albums of stories and songs.
Doug's passion for the natural world developed in early childhood roaming the woods and waters around his home. His dad used to say, "That boy knows what's under every rock between here and town.”
He still roams the woods today. He has traveled from the Canadian North to the Central American jungles studying plant and animal life and seeking out the traditional wisdom of people with intimate connections to the natural world. And he still looks under rocks. These days he uncovers more than just a few strange critters; he brings to light the human connection to this vibrant world of which we are a part.
In addition to the free public appearances listed above, Elliott will also be appearing for invited groups of schoolchildren and UNCG students preparing to teach in elementary school, helping them incorporate the magic of storytelling into their own classrooms:
September 8: 9:30 am and 12:30 pm UNCG, Elliott University Center.