SANDWICH — Debra Ballou, storyteller, writer, educator and fellow traveler of the trails of life returns to the Corner House Inn's Storytelling Dinner program on Thursday, March 7th to share stories from various cultures.
For over 15 years, Ballou has been telling stories to audiences of all ages incorporating folktales, fairy tales, Native American stories, original stories, personal adventures, and poems. She often uses musical instruments, singing, and/or audience participation to enhance the experience. She performs in the expected venues such as retirement communities, schools, libraries, nature centers, festivals, Elderhostel programs, children's camps, etc. and the more unexpected places like a car dealership waiting room, the deck of a ship, and a workshop on small business finance. Her recent journeys have kept her closer to home performing a variety of stories for Read Across America programs for schools and libraries in New Hampshire.
Ballou encourages others to explore the natural world and its influence on their cultural heritage by combining her background in biological science and environmental education with storytelling when she conducts workshops around the New England area. A member of LANES (League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling), she has served on their board of trustees including stints as president and treasurer. Currently, she serves as the coordinator and facilitator for the Seacoast Storytellers Guild, which is one of five Story Guilds in New Hampshire. Debra was the 2012 recipient of the "Gateways Award" from the New Hampshire Storytelling Alliance because she "consistently promotes community, understanding, and appreciation through the oral tradition of story telling."