Programme for Tellabration

The Programme

Tellabration is an annual celebration of Storytelling throughout the state during the month of November organized by the Connecticut Storytelling Center (
The Dragon’s Egg ( has happily been a part of this event for many years. Marya Ursin, executive director of the Dragon’s Egg, is the producer today, and will be introducing each teller. (

Programme for the Telling

“The Three Dolls” a folktale from India. (And a second story tbd)
Glenn Harper was born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia, and moved to Connecticut in 1996. He grew up listening to his mother reading stories, and enjoying Appalachian tales told during the yearly Vandalia Festival that took place in his hometown. His first real turn as a storyteller came at that same festival when he was an eighth grader. On the spur of the moment, he decided to participate in the Liar’s Contest by telling a “shaggy dog” story he’d learned in camp. It wasn’t until years later, however, that Glenn’s wife, Amy Lilien-Harper, suggested that he might enjoy listening to stories at the meetings of the local story sharing group. After several months of listening, Amy was again a driving force behind Glenn finally deciding to try his hand at telling in front of the group, but he never looked back from there. He now writes many of his own stories, be they modern fairy tales, new ghost stories or his particular specialty, hilarious tales of misadventure, often set in small rural communities. Glenn also enjoys art, photography, ballroom dancing, and especially playing with his two daughters.

“Ponies in the Corral”: Three 4th grade boys, 1 girl, and 1 mother.
Sara Ingram is a poet, dancer, and storyteller who has been a teacher of gifted and talented students for many years. Her book of poetry, SOUNDS OF HOUSE AND WOOD (Antrim House) celebrates New England winters, eccentric uncles and her librarian mother. Sara lives in Deep River and is a member of the Connecticut River Poets, and the Connecticut Storytelling Center.

“The Voyage of the Bluebird.” -a down East Maine tale of humor deep New England humor.
Carl Peruzzotti, a native New Englander, is an avid boater, sailor and aficionado of all things nautical.

“Dragon Castle,” a Northumberland folk tale from northeastern England. It takes place in Bamburgh (Bom’ burr) Castle, which you can still visit today!
Judy Petersen was a media specialist in Greenwich, CT, for 41 years. She’s been a storyteller since 1989. Judy is the former Artistic Director for the Connecticut Storytelling Festival. She continues to serve on the Festival’s Teller Selection Committee. She is a recipient of the Barbara Reed Award “for distinguished and outstanding service to the Connecticut Storytelling Community.” Judy is a member of the Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Book Award Committee.

Second story by Glenn, tbd.

“Sky woman, and the beginning of America”
Mystic Paper Beasts/Marya Ursin

We thank you – the audience, the tellers, the Egg, and the Ct. Storytelling Center, for the stories that truly keep us grounded and flying! Namaste, marya

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