Dianne Ferlatte International Storyteller

October 23, 2007 at 9:46 am | Posted in Library_News | Leave a comment


“Have I Got a Story To Tell”

Award winning American Storyteller Diane Ferlatte has thrilled and touched audiences the world over with tales of inspiration, struggle, humour and love.

  • Thursday 8 November 7.00pm
  • 4th Floor
  • Dunedin City Library
  • General Admission: $10.00
  • For any further information please phone Kaitrin on 467-9550


Dianne’s Resume:

Diane Ferlatte, a native of New Orleans, can readily remember childhood years of sitting on the porch of her grandparents’ home, captivated by the oral stories of family generations past, their spirit, their journeys, and their heartfelt fantasy coming more alive in each moment.

In her pre-teens her family migrated to Oakland, CA, and years later after she married and adopted her three-year-old son Joey, she again became interested in storytelling. After weeks of searching for creative ways to increase his interest in books and lessen his interest in television, Diane began to use animation and characters while reading and telling stories to him and his sister. It worked! Joey started to enjoy books and stories, and Diane started on her path to become a professional storyteller.

Now an internationally renowned storyteller, Diane has traveled the globe, from Europe to Singapore & Malaysia, from Australia & New Zealand to Bermuda to Senegal, and of course, all over the United States. She believes that telling and listening to each other’s stories not only enables us to learn about each other, but also to understand each other better. She views storytelling as a traditional art form that can promote literacy, imagination, and values in the young. While emphasizing African American stories, she loves to tell stories that hold truths touching upon our common humanity, including personal stories as well as many tales from across the globe. Having a background in music as well as American Sign Language, Diane frequently incorporates both into her performances.

Diane has received numerous honors including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Storytelling Network’s Circle of Excellence Award, the National Association of Black Storytellers’ Zora Neale Hurston Award, as well as the California Arts Council’s highest ranking. All of her recordings have also received awards including Parents’ Choice, American Library Association, National Parenting Publications, the National Youth Storytelling Pegasus Award, and Storytelling World Awards.

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