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Introduction for Youth Audiences

Linda Gorham is a storyteller who tells many types of stories. And be prepared because she is going to include all of you in her stories. Get ready to move! Get ready to learn! Get ready for fun!

Introduction for Adult Audiences

Linda Gorham’s performances are filled with surprising twists and unconventional humor. For the past 30 years, Linda has engaged audiences with interactive folktales, distinctive myths, notably twisted fairy tales, riveting well-researched historical stories, and humorously heartfelt stories about family life. Each performance is infused with Linda’s unique, signature ‘sophisticated attitude.’

Linda’s Bio

Linda Gorham’s performances are filled with surprising twists and unconventional humor. Gorham has engaged audiences with interactive folktales, distinctive myths, notably twisted fairy tales, riveting, well-researched historical stories, and humorously heartfelt stories about family life for over 30 years. Each performance is infused with Linda’s unique signature, ‘sophisticated attitude.’

Linda is a contributing author to Telling Stories to Children, published by the National Storytelling Network, and co-author of Quality Angles, a book that explores excellence in the workplace. Linda was co-festival director of the 2014 National Association of Black Storytellers Festival and Conference and the 2003 National Storytelling Network Conference.

She brought her storytelling to communities in Greece and was the co-leader of professional storytelling delegations that traveled to Egypt and South Africa as part of an international exchange. Her children’s CD, Common Sense and Uncommon Fun, won four National Awards, including Parents’ Choice. Her CD for family audiences, Jumping on Grandma’s Plastic Covered Couch, received a Storytelling World Winner Award.

In the summer of 2016, Linda received the Distinguished National Service Award from the National Storytelling Network. In November 2016, Linda received the Linda Jenkins Brown Nia Award for Service from the National Association of Black Storytellers.

Before her storytelling life, Linda spent 13 years as a three-piece-suit-wearing-briefcase-carrying human resources manager and trainer for Prudential Insurance Company.

Quotes You Can Use

“Linda Gorham is better than recess!” – Carrie Douglas, 2nd grader, Wild Rose School, St. Charles, Illinois

“My fifth grader reports that my status has been elevated to “cool mom” for scheduling you. The praise doesn’t get any higher than that!” – D. Craney

“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.” Jon Anderson, Chicago Tribune

“Middle school aged kids can be very difficult to reach at times, but it’s obvious from their responses that you managed to do just that. The story of the Mustard Seed seemed to be a very popular one, and I was pleased to see that a number of boys had such a positive and insightful reaction to it.” – Barb Malina, 7th grade teacher, Illinois

“Linda’s witticisms add a spanking new commentary on traditional stories which gives the listener a fresh outlook on life. Linda takes us through a range of emotions that are funny, refreshing and thought provoking.” – Leanne Johnson, Storyteller