'From the Academy's point of view, the storytelling could not have worked better as a public program. The stories you told, captivated and fascinated our audience. I was impressed that they would not let you leave the stage without an encore performance. Diane your storytelling is fantastic!' – Public Programs Coordinator, The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA
Award-winning storyteller Diane Edgecomb is known for her revivalist performance form of storytelling, as well as for her mythic and original stories. She is nationally recognized for her leadership in linking storytelling to nature themes and environmental education. "A storyteller in the grand tradition, Edgecomb is a virtuoso of the spoken word," says Publishers Weekly. Edgecomb has created more than 25 storytelling performances, many in collaboration with Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain. In 2001, she initiated "The Kurdish Story Collection Project," an international endeavor to document the stories and storytelling traditions of the Kurdish people. Beginning by recording Kurdish tellers in the United States and then abroad, Edgecomb made numerous trips to villages in the Kurdish region of Turkey, filming and archiving a large complement of tellers. Selections for her resulting book, A Fire in My Heart: Kurdish Tales, were taken from her collection of over 150 Kurdish tales and legends. Edgecomb has been featured regularly at Three Apples Storytelling Festival, NPR radio, Charlestown Working Theater and at folk clubs such as Club Passim. In addition to her writing, Edgecomb has continued her work as a storyteller and experimental theater artist, performing at theaters, museums, colleges, schools and libraries throughout the United States and abroad. For more information on Edgecomb, visit her website.
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