Featured Storyteller Ed Stivender playing it up at the 2007 Lower Brandywine Storytelling Festival. (Photo by  Carlos Alejandro Photography)

Ed’s Web Brochure

Classics Revisited (2010)
The Kingdom of Heaven
     Is Like A Party

Fool’s Luck (2005)
Home for Christmas -
     Stories of Light

Tellin’ Time (2001)

The 20th Anniversary of the National Storytelling Festival (1996)

Ed Stivender's NEW 2010 CD: 'Classics Revisited,' recorded live at the International Storytelling Center Theatre in Jonesborough, TN.
Ed Stivender's 2007 CD: The Kingdom of Heaven Is Like A Party, recorded live while Ed was Teller-In-Residence at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, TN.
Ed Stivender's 2004 CD: 'Home for Christmas: Stories of Light.'

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Local Philadelphia Favorite Ed Stivender has a new CD out titled ‘Classics Revisited.’ You’ll be able to get your hands on one here on November 5-6. This will be Ed’s third ‘revisit’ to the Lower Brandywine Storytelling Festival since his debut here in 2007. This year, he’s a Featured Teller on Friday evening, will participate in an Olio with his friend Willy Claflin on Saturday morning, and will also serve as Master of Ceremonies for the Saturday Afternoon and Evening Sessions. Ed’s new CD,

Ed has been called "the Robin Williams of storytelling" as well as "a Catholic Garrison Keillor." He is a Shakespearean actor, banjo player, teacher, theologian, Mummer, dreamer, juggler, and raconteur. Since 1977, when Ed left his day job as a high school teacher in Connecticut and turned to storytelling full-time, he has fabulated his way around the globe, appearing in schools, churches, coffeehouses and theaters, as well as at major storytelling festivals.

He has been a featured performer at the
National Storytelling Festival; the Cape Clear Island International Storytelling Festival in Ireland; Graz Festival, Austria and our own local Philadelphia Folk Festival.

Ed has also strutted in the Comic division of the annual
Philadelphia Mummers Parade since 1982. In 1994, he received the Mummers' Most Original Character Award for his one-man Vatican-American String Band, and in 1996, he was Captain of the first-prize-winning Kingsessing Morris Men.

Ed is the subject of a chapter in the book
Storytellers by Corki Miller and Mary Ellen Snodgrass, and has a story in Chicken Soup for the Romantic Heart. He has also authored two books of his own: Raised Catholic (Can You Tell?) and Still Catholic (After All These Fears).

National Storytelling Association (now the National Storytelling Network) inducted Ed into its prestigious Circle of Excellence in 1996.

Ed Stivender's 2005 CD: Fool's Luck. 'Once....Stories for Kids Featuring Ed Stivender.'
Ed Stivender's 2001 CD: 'Tellin' Time.'
The Lower Brandywine Storytelling Festival is the anchor event in Lower Brandywine Presbyterian Church's Community Outreach Calendar of Events. It's fun. It's Family-friendly. And it's FREE! So forward this web address to your family, friends, neighbors and associates. But encourage them  to register today, because space is limited.

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Enamored audience at the 2008 Lower Brandywine Storytelling Festival. (Photo by  Moonsong)

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Friday, November 5

Featured Performance

Saturday, November 6

Ed Stivender and Willy Claflin

Afternoon Session 1:00PM
Evening Session  7:00PM

Ed Stivender's classic 1993 Book: "Raised Catholic (Can You Tell?)"
Ed Stivender's classic 1997 Book: "Still Catholic - After All These Fears."
The 1996 Commemorativtive Documentary of the 20th National Storytelling Festival (directed by Ed Stivender and  David Coggeshall)