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Shepherd to offer Appalachian storytelling class beginning January 10

ISSUED: 7 December 2016
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University’s Appalachian folk tales and storytelling class featuring award-winning storyteller Adam Booth, a popular course members of the community often take, will be shorter and will take place at a special time during the spring 2017 semester.

The class will run January 10 through February 26, 2017, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8:40 p.m. Dr. Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt, director of the Appalachian studies program, calls the storytelling class one of the highlights of Shepherd’s Appalachian Studies program and said Booth is a mesmerizing storyteller whose work is recognized across the country.

Booth’s original stories blend traditional mountain folklore, music, and an awareness of contemporary Appalachia. He has been featured at the International Storytelling Center, the National Storytelling Festival, the Appalachian Studies Association Conference, the National Storytelling Conference, and has been a Spoken Word Resident at the Banff Centre.

Booth’s recordings have received two Parents’ Choice Silver honors and three Storytelling World awards and honors. He is a four-time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest. Booth’s Speak Storytelling Series has received recognition across the country.

For registration information, contact Shurbutt at 304-876-5207 or

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