Heather Forest is a modern-day bard. Her storytelling performances are a fusion of poetry, prose, original melody, and the sung and spoken word. The comedy and pathos of point of view, the mysteries of womenfolk, the trickster, the fool, quests and journeys are threads on this storyteller’s colorful loom. Featured in major storytelling festivals nationally and around the globe, Heather Forest brings elegance, wit, and the poet’s touch to folktales, epics and wisdom tales from the treasury of world folklore. A pioneer in the American storytelling revival, she has been featured ten times at the National Storytelling Festival and is a recipient of the Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Network.
“A true troubadour… even the narrative parts of her storytelling seem to be sung; her delivery is so precise and compelling, she just draws one into her spell. Her stories are lovely, magical things and her singing voice is true, simple, and unadorned.” — Martha’s Vineyard Times, MA
“Her stories seamlessly and effortlessly move from the musical song to the spoken word and back again creating anew the form of the minstrel storyteller that is most uncommon in our day.” — Open Hand Theatre, Syracuse, NY
“Thrilling, relevant, engaging and moving….Your ancient tales were tales for and of today. And in the great storytelling tradition, you acknowledged our current despair, but repaired us with humor, beauty, love, and hope. Thank you so much for the generous and beautiful retellings” — Director, Katonah Library Storytelling Series for Adults, NY