Keynote Speaker

May 5, 2018 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Granite State Story SWAP Festival, New Hampshire
Odiorne Point State Park
570 Ocean Blvd, Rye, NH 03870
Lauretta Phillips

Granite State Story Swap
Featured Speaker – Diane Edgecomb

Produced by New Hampshire Storytelling Alliance

Saturday, May 5, 2018
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Held at the beautiful: Seacoast Science Center
570 Ocean Boulevard
Odiorne Point State Park
Rye, NH

diane edgecomb - storyteller

“The Roots of Relationship: Storytelling and the Natural World”
Stories can illuminate the world of nature, holding it in the light in a very special way, enriching our lives and deepening our experience of the natural world. An awakening of compassion and fellow-feeling follows from these narrative journeys, whether they be mythic, folkloric, legendary or personal tale. Each way of telling casts a different light, reflecting and enabling relationships both age old and new that continue to evolve whenever we devote time and a place for them within our understanding.

Performance: Diane Edgecomb: The Salmon of Wisdom
A performance of nature-centric stories and songs with Oracle award-winning storyteller Diane Edgecomb accompanied by Margot Chamberlain on Celtic harp. Celebrate the natural world with all of its profundity and joy – deepening stories of unusual encounters with the natural world.

About the Featured Speaker –

Winner of the first Oracle Award for Storytelling Excellence in the Northeast, Diane is known for her evocative narratives, unique characterizations and for the passion and depth of her work whether myth, folkloric tale or personal story.

Featured at the National Storytelling Festival, the International Storytelling Center and on NPR, Diane’s transformational telling style, in which she fully embodies the tale, brings listeners into the heart of every moment. A gifted singer as well as a storyteller, Diane often brings a weave of music to complement her telling.

Publisher’s Weekly stated, “Edgecomb is a virtuoso of the spoken word…an entire cast rolled into one!”

Program Details

bird sculptures near lake in New HampshireThe cost for the entire day is $25 ($15 for members) which includes:

  • breakfast & lunch
  • admission to the keynote address
  • eight story swap groups
  • two storytelling concerts
  • parking fee

The morning begins at 8:00 am with registration and breakfast followed by some announcements and the keynote address at 9:00 am. This is followed by your first chance to tell your own story in the story swap circle.

Then who can resist the “free” lunch provided to us by our sponsors and board members? What a great time to get together and talk story.

Since the beginning, the afternoon concerts with multiple tellers have been a highlight.

This year there will be a concert of storytellers presenting stories, followed by story swap circles and ending with the closing concert featuring Diane Edgecomb.

Anyone wishing to attend only Diane’s afternoon concert can do so for a fee of $10 (no member discount). You can purchase tickets for this concert below or at the door on the day of the concert.

Hotel Information

Comfort Inn Portsmouth
1190 Lafayette Rd.
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Guests may call the hotel directly to secure their own reservations, and are responsible for their own room payment. The discounted room rate is TBA per room per night for one or two adults, one or two queen size beds.

There is an extra charge for more than two adults. Children stay free.

Hotel Amenities:

  • Hot breakfast buffet, 6-10 am each day, with sausage, eggs, fresh whole fruits, make-your-own waffles, yogurt, juices and more
  • All rooms have fridges, microwaves and free WiFi
  • 50′ indoor pool, hot tub and fitness center

Register Online for Granite State Story Swap

Register online to reserve your spot for the Granite State Story Swap and to purchase tickets for the event.

For more information, contact Lauretta Phillips at or phone: 603-735-5965

The mission of the NHSA is to promote the oral tradition of storytelling in the community in all its forms: traditional, creative, educational, cultural, personal, and therapeutic. Nurture family, community, and professional storytelling throughout New Hampshire.

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