“Linda can rivet people of all walks of life with tales from all over the world – To some, Gorham is a hip, here-and-now, modern day griot.” – Chicago Tribune
For the past 30 years Linda Gorham has engaged audiences internationally with poignant and humorous family stories; interactive folktales; notably twisted fairy tales; and riveting, well-researched historical stories. Each performance is infused with Linda’s unconventional humor and her signature ‘sophisticated attitude’.
“Stories, whether family, folk, twisted or true, remind us that embellished is acceptable, simple is complex, and the joy of sharing is priceless. Share some love. Tell someone a story.” – Linda Gorham
Publications: Linda has two award-winning CDs. Jumping on Grandma’s Plastic Covered Couch is a revealing look at the inspiring and often unpredictable world of family, love and self-identity. Common Sense and Uncommon Fun breathes new life into timeless multicultural folktales.
Awards: Linda has been added to the Wall of Storytelling Faces and Voices at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, Tennessee. Linda was awarded the Distinguished National Service Award by the National Storytelling Network and the Linda Jenkins Brown Nia Award for Service from the National Association of Black Storytellers.
“Okay, here’s the official word. You were wonderful! Your story was fabulous. Your performance was flawless. You looked beautiful and you wore the perfect outfit. Thank you, thank you, thank you!” – Yvonne Healy, Emcee and Director: Regional Storytelling Concert, National Storytelling Conference
Linda has performed at schools, libraries and storytelling festivals throughout the United States. Highlights include:
National Storytelling Festival, Jonesborough, Tennessee
Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, Orem, Utah
Haunting in the Hills Festival, Tennessee
Jeanne B. Goodwin Storytelling Festival, Tulsa, Oklahoma
“Loving Day” Celebration, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Moonshell Storytelling Festival, Ashland, Nebraska
PowellsWood Storytelling Festival, Federal Way, Washington
National Association of Black Storytellers Conferences & Festivals
Kansas Storytelling Festival, Downs, Kansas
Old North Storytelling Festival, Cary, North Carolina
In addition, Linda has performed internationally in Greece, South Africa and Egypt. She was the co-festival director of both the 2014 National Black Storytelling Festival and Conference and the 2003 National Storytelling Conference.