Donna Ingham, Storyteller

Humorist and folklorist Donna Ingham takes the ancient art of storytelling and gives it a Texas twist to entertain audiences of all ages. Hear tall tales, folklore, historical and personal stories told only as a Texan could.

Donna has appeared at festivals and conferences throughout the United States and even swapped a yarn or two in Ireland. A published author and former college professor with a Ph.D. in English, she also offers workshops, master classes, and training sessions as well as programs for elementary and secondary schools.

Donna’s reputation as a humorist makes her a popular luncheon and after-dinner speaker and presenter of special programs and keynotes.

Named the Biggest Liar in Austin, Texas, seven times and the Biggest Liar in Texas four times, Donna is also a recipient of the John Henry Faulk Award for “outstanding contributions to the art of storytelling” and a National Storytelling Oracle Regional Excellence Award for “exceptional commitment and exemplary contributions to the art of storytelling.”

Donna is listed on the Texas Touring Roster of the Texas Commission on the Arts and on the Mid-America Arts Alliance Regional Touring Program.

Spring 2025

Spring is the time of plans and projects.” – Leo Tolstoy

Plans and projects galore, yes, what with gardening, spring cleaning, continued downsizing, and, of course, writing and storytelling. One of my personal narratives, “The Bicycle Story,” appears in the recently released collection titled Forty Years of Texas Storytelling: Historical and Contemporary Tales from Diverse Writers and Poets (Tejas Storytelling Association / Parkhurst Brothers Publishing, 2024).

As immediate past president of the Texas Folklore Society, I’ll be making my last Board of Directors meeting at the TFS annual meeting March 28-30 in San Antonio. The program this year is outstanding, and the evening hootenannies feature a variety of songs and poems and stories. See

April brings the much anticipated solar eclipse on the 8th, and as event planner and storyteller for Chickenbach Farm here in Bertram, Texas, I’ll be helping with the Chick’n Pick’n Music Fest Pre-Solar Eclipse on April 7. Later in the month I’ll be telling stories during the Painted Chair Event at the Lampasas Public Library and peddling my books at the Bertram Art, Herb, & Wine Festival.

A May deadline of importance to Texas schools, libraries, and other non-profits is the quarterly Texas Commission on the Arts deadline for Arts Respond Performance Support Grant applications. Those applications are due by May 1 to be considered for activities occurring between June 15, 2024, and August 31, 2024. Details and a list of artists on the TCA Texas Touring Roster are available on the TCA website:

Looking ahead to summer, I’ll be presenting a June workshop on Stretching the Truth in preparation for the annual Kendall County Liars Contest in July and working with schools and libraries in August as part of the Texas Commission on the Arts rural outreach program.

“masterful style of oral storytelling” – Raymond V. Whelan, River Cities Tribune, Marble Falls, Texas

“impressive, funny, a virtuoso” – audience member Michael, from California

“You’ll have to decide what is true and what is, well, maybe almost true. . . sure to entertain.” – Abilene Reporter-News

The staff told me how rapt the kiddos were. Thank you for making their summer better.” – Angela K. Palmer, library director, Liberty Hill Public Library