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Gather up your family and friends and be prepared to travel the world through stories at the Dietrich Theater.

On Saturday, Jan. 19 at 11 a.m., storyteller Fiona Powell will sit at her spinning wheel and spin tales from around the globe. Powell has amassed over 150 stories in her head that she can readily tell, guided by her audience.

Jill Moffit of Greenwood Friends School said of Powell, ??Her show is a great success, in large part because of Fiona. Her technique of combining telling with spinning, created a soothing rhythm, captivating children and adults alike. She created an aura of immediate warmth.?

Powell, of Welsh descent, began collecting stories as a small child in Japan. By the age of 10, Powell was a confirmed collector of stories when she received a book of Celtic tales as a gift. Over the years, Powell has lived in Japan, Wales, Scotland, England and the United States and has been ??gifted? countless stories on her travels.

All ages are welcome to attend this event. According to Pam Allyn, the Executive Director of LitLife, a national organization specializing in innovative literacy education for schools and families, ??Story connects us all. Children, adults, all of us everywhere can use the magic of story to find aspects of ourselves in others, and of others in ourselves. Story reminds us that connectedness to the world does not always mean some have more and some have less, but that we all have stories and that is what brings us together.?

Experience the warmth of an hour spent with laughter and maybe a few tears in the ancient tradition of the bards.

Stories From Around the World is a free event sponsored by Toni Hockman. For ticket information, please call 570.996.1500.
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