PARIS STORYTELLING FESTIVAL

SEPTEMBER 25 – 27
Josh Goforth

Friday, September 25

9:00 a.m.
Zooming from Paris-Bourbon Public Library to Bourbon County High and Middle School

7:00 p.m.
Carlisle Market
245 Broadway Street, Carlisle

Saturday, September 26

10:00 a.m.
Jam Session at First Christian Church Gazebo
911 High Street, Paris
BRING YOUR OWN CHAIRS

2:00 p.m.
Family stories at First Christian Church Gazebo
911 High Street, Paris
BRING YOUR OWN CHAIRS

7:00 p.m.
Trackside Restaurant
134 10th Street, Paris
Reservations for dinner required. Storytelling free. Bring your own chair if sitting in the park opposite the restaurant.

6:30 p.m.
Interview with Kenney Roseberry by former student Jim Lovell

Sunday, September 27

11:00 a.m.
First Baptist Church
345 Locust Street, Carlisle, KY


Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Paris Storytelling Festival was canceled. The good news is that all invited storytellers who were to perform at the festival will be coming individually this fall as a lead-in to next May’s event. Below is a schedule of their performances:

Bil Lepp – August 21 – 23
Josh Goforth – September 25 – 27
Paul Strickland – October 23 – 25
Motoko Dworkin – November 20 – 22

Sheila Arnold – December 11 – 13

In addition, each of the storytellers will perform at the 2021 Paris Storytelling Festival, May 7-9.


The annual Paris Storytelling Festival is held in the beautiful and architecturally significant towns of Paris and Carlisle, Kentucky, surrounded by charming Bluegrass horse farms and historical culture. The festival is geared to the old and the new, bringing together counties steeped in tradition yet open to the youth of tomorrow. Stories, music, history and hospitality abound as the communities come together to celebrate and share their love of story.