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AFRICAN DELIGHTS: Storyteller Bernadette Nason shares two exciting and highly interactive African stories for you to enjoy from the comfort and safety of your own home!

  • Why The Sky Is So Far Away is a centuries-old Nigerian folk tale. The sky was once so close to the Earth, people could reach up and take parts of it to eat, but their waste and greed finally cause the angry sky to move out of reach: a timely—and highly entertaining—reminder not to squander the earth’s gifts.
  • Leelee Goro is a simple but hilarious “poirquoi” tale (a story that explains things) from Sierra Leone about a little girl who fights the neighboring animals that are trying to get Fire from her mother. Lion sends a selection of big animals; however, it’s a tiny creature, using brains instead of brawn, that saves the day.

RAGGYLUG: Raggylug is a very old English folktale, in which an adventurous baby rabbit doesn’t listen to his mother’s advice and gets into all sorts of trouble with a snake, forcing his mother to pull off a daring rescue. It’s Bernadette’s most requested story and she’s been telling it for over 25 years!

Award-winning storyteller/actress/author, Bernadette Nason, hails from England, lives in Austin, and performs all over the world. She is acclaimed for her spirited re-telling of multicultural folktales and for her personal stories about the contrasting lifestyles of the countries she’s inhabited: England, Africa, Arabia, and the US. Nason has been a Texas Commission on the Arts’ touring artist since 2002, traveling the state and telling stories annually to as many as 30,000, both students and adults. For the past five years, she’s been emcee/storyteller for Austin Symphony Orchestra’s Halloween program and also for their summer series for children. Check out ASO’s 2020 summer season, in response to the COVID-19 situation! Nason recently appeared in Holmes and Watson at Austin Playhouse, of which she is a company member, and presented her critically-acclaimed one-woman version of A Christmas Carol there last December. She can be seen in the feature film, Miss Congeniality, and more recently, in Land of Leopold. Nason’s memoir, Tea in Tripoli, about her year of living dangerously in North Africa, was published in 2017, and she’s currently working on Stealing Baby Jesus: A Treasure of Ludicrous Attempts to Rescue Christmas for release later this year. Further information: bernadettenason.com.