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.

Winter 2024

“Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour.” — John Boswell

Once the holidays are past, there are not many winter storytelling bookings for me, and what few I have are likely to be on Zoom. So in my “idle” hours I can focus on gathering “golden moments” and embarking “upon a sentimental journey.” I can get out the photos and documents and various items of material folklore in our archival attic to see what memories and stories they evoke. I will be lingering there.

I’ll be sharing stories too, of course, from time to time. I’ve been invited to be a featured teller on The Story Space, the longest running weekly storytelling venue in New England, on January 30. Headquartered in Massachusetts, it now runs as a Zoom meeting ( every Tuesday evening 5:45-9 p.m., CST. I also drop in on guild meetings and Liz Weir’s Saturday afternoon (evening in Northern Ireland) sessions at her Ballyeamon Barn when I can.

And before the first day of spring in March, I’ll be telling stories at Kerley Elementary School in Hutto, Texas, and taking part in the Texas Storytelling Festival in Denton, Texas, March 7-10. I’ll be emceeing, introducing featured tellers Donald Davis, Nestor Gomez, Fran Stallings, and Kathy Culmer. (

A February 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 February 1 to be considered for activities occurring between March 15 and June 14, 2024. Details and a list of artists on the TCA Texas Touring Roster are available on the TCA website:

Meanwhile, remember to turn your clocks ahead on March 10 to begin daylight saving time.

“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