~Meet Storyteller Billie Noakes~

Billie became a storyteller when she discovered an audience for her original story poems about savvy, spunky, six-year-old Sal.

Already an experienced performance poet with credentials at several conventions and First Night/St. Petersburg programs, Billie quickly became a welcome addition at storytelling events in Pinellas County, Florida, both as a solo performer and as part of the Tampa Bay Storytellers’ Guild.

She soon widened the scope of her stories to include original tales in the style of old-fashioned myths and legends; traditional folk and fairy tales; healing and inspirational stories; humorous vignettes; and personal or “slice of life” stories.

Billie has performed on stage at the South Broward and Pinellas County Folk Festivals; the Tampa/Hillsborough County Storytelling Festival; the Swapping Ground at the National Storytelling Festival; Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida; at coffeehouses, schools, libraries, and parks throughout Pinellas County; and on her community’s local cable television channel.

Humor, enchantment, life lessons, and personal strength are important elements in her original tales, and guide her in selecting her traditional and adapted stories, too.

Billie is happy to tell from her repertoire, or to develop/learn stories customized for your event.



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4 Responses to ~Meet Storyteller Billie Noakes~

  1. Tracie D Rowland says:

    Cool Proud of you getting your site up and running!! Go Sal!

  2. Billie says:

    Thank you, Tracie! Now I have to get it in gear and write more stories to make this more read-worthy! Love ya!

  3. Simon says:

    Love the legend love the idea that brhguot it forth. The time is ripe for these things. Apparently sharing with others far away is a blossoming tactic among educators. My daughter recieved a package from a nephew’s school giving the nephew’s description of where he lived and asked that the recipient write on the next page of that notebook a description of his own location. (I suspect there are some stories in there, too!) That done, the recipient is asked to pass it on to someone in another location , where the new recipient follows the same procedure. There is a note giving a date in late Spring; the recipient who holds the package then is instructed to send it back to the class in the school from which it came. I’m sure the class will be surprised at what they learn about so many places! And O, the stories they will tell! I hope the Story Box project spreads far and wide. I’ve not seen one, nor heard of one before now, but I expect the exposure will help, and the building excitement will give it a life of its own. Please be sure that libraries everywhere read this perhaps a group from each library can start a Story Box of their own.

  4. Billie says:

    Thank you so much! I was really honored when Kevin Cordi accepted the Legend for use on his own website, since he got the Story Box started in the first place. And I love the twist on the idea that your daughter received. You’re right–we ought to do more “outreach” in our lives, and if this story can help with that process, I’m well satisfied. You’ve given me a shot of energy, and I’m going to take your advice about the libraries. Again, many thanks! — B.

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