Thursday, October 18, 2018

Meet American storyteller Ed Stivender

This week, host Michael Williams features the telling of American storyteller Ed Stivender. In particular, Michael features two "Jack" tales -- "Ulster Jack" and "Jack and the Magical Boat", two tales inspired by the legendary storyteller Ray Hicks.

Ray Hicks was the famed Appalachian storyteller and ballad-singer who was a much loved teller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee and at many other venues. Born in 1922, Ray lived his entire life on Beech Mountain, North Carolina until his death in 2006. His much-loved Jack tales have inspired numerous storytellers, including Ed Stivender.

Ed has been called the "Robin Williams of storytelling" and he has become a legend in his own right on stages and in venues across the continent and beyond.

To learn more about Ray Hicks go to To learn more about Ed Stivender and his work, click here.

The programme begins on Sunday 21 October 2018 at 7am ET (Can/US), 12 noon (UK/Ire), and 9pm (Australia). Repeated on Thursday at 5:30pm ET, 10:30pm GMT and on Friday at 7:30am in Australia. Check for details.

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