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Storytelling - possibly the oldest human art form . For centuries people have sat and talked and told, the stories of their culture, their values and morals, their youth and lives. Storytellers from the San Antonio Storytellers Association have been regaling audiences at the San Antonio Highland Games with tales of dragons and battles won and battles lost, of sorcerers and magical happenings, of tricks played and tricks uncovered, rollicking tales of country folk, tall tale, ancient legends, and downright lies.

Stories are for all ages; they can entertain, excite and delight. Storytellers at the Highland games bring stories from a variety of cultures: Celtic, Old American, Pioneer, Chinese, World…. Storytellers who have entertained visitors to the Highland Games in the past have included Jane McDaniel, David Thompson, Lucinda Wise and Lorene Stillwell.

This year we are pleased to welcome back Jane McDaniel (Saturday and Sunday) and Sue Kuentz (Sunday only). We're also introducing two "new to us" storytellers this year - John Munley (Saturday) and Gloria Kunnapilly (Sunday).

Our Storytellers

Jane McDaniel

Jane McDaniel

Born in Limerick, Ireland, Jane grew up in a storytelling family, relishing both the ancient epic Celtic tales and the rollicking tales of Irish country folk. From the fireplace round of neighbors and family filling the evening with old and new stories, to living and working in Germany for 29 years, close to a rich story culture, she has collected stories all along the way. She held the title of US Champion in Irish Storytelling for 4 years. Jane has told at festivals on three continents, at corporate events and birthday parties, at Irish hooleys and wakes, and in schools, hospitals and retirement homes. She now lives part of the year on Achill island, Co. Mayo, where the tradition continues.
Sue Kuentz

Sue Kuentz

Sue Kuentz excites youth and not so young audiences with her folktales/fairytales/personal tales from around the world using string figures, musical instruments, puppets and anything else she can muster up. While she is president of the San Antonio Storytellers Association, she continues her youth storytelling club in the schools, empowering each child involved. Sue has been honored with H-E-B's Lifetime Excellence in Teaching Award, NEISD's teacher of the year, a featured Texas Teller at the Tejas Storytelling Festival, Texas Folklife Festival, as well as emceeing, storytelling on their various stages, and presenting storytelling related workshops. Excited to be a fulltime storyteller and workshop presenter, Texas Commission on the Arts has her on their 2016-18 roster! She loves bringing out her Irish/Scottish heritage, if only for a weekend at the Highland Games!
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