Folktales, food & folklore from the African-American tradition in Appalachia
“Beyond the Briar Patch is more than a compilation of engaging folktales; it’s a cultural treasury . . .”
—The Midwest Book Review
“Lynette Ford has been telling stories for Cincinnati Playhouse for years – to children and adults of all ages at our theatre, in schools and in community settings. She is a consummate master of the craft, always capable of joining the audience of the present with the tales, traditions and wisdom of the past. She joins the specific to the universal, the humorous to the tragic, the personal to the societal. She is enormously sensitive to the temperature of those listening and can therefore tell any story at any time to any group. Since she has her storytelling roots in so many cultures, this means she has a million stories worth telling and hearing.”
—Mark Lutwak, education director, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Honored by her peers as a member of the Circle of Excellence of the National Storytelling Network, Lyn Ford is frequently featured at storytelling festivals t6hroughout the U.S.A. and abroad. Her first book, Affrilachian Tales, was published by Parkhurst Brothers Publishers in 2012, winning the Anne Izard Storyteller’s Choice Award from the Westchester County Library System in New York state. In 2013 Lyn was named to the Circle of Excellence by the National Storytelling Network. Lyn resides in Columbus, Ohio, the center of her work as a performing artist.