Better Than Recess
Some people like to tell stories. Others, like Linda Gorham, can't help but sing, dance and shout their stories.
Hailing from Aurora,
Gorham is a captivating and energetic African-American storyteller whose original stories convey lessons about compassion, empowerment
and inner peace. Her tales transcend age, race and gender; teaching lessons about the threads that bind humanity.
Her work at schools throughout the state have even garnered the praises of the toughest audience: kids. One storytelling session
reportedly prompted a second grader to declare: "Mrs. Gorham is better than recess." If that's not the best endorsement one
can earn, what is?
Illinois has a wealth of storytellers to keep you entertained all year round. Check out some of these modern day bards:
Oba William King,
Momma Kemba and
Or if you prefer that the storytellers come to you, there are always storytelling festivals to be found, like the
Illinois Storytelling Festival in Spring Grove and the
Chinquapin Folk Music and Storytelling Festival in Peoria.