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Bobbie Kinkead
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Professional Storyteller is a network for people who work in the field of oral storytelling. Please write a brief paragraph about your work.
I tell, write, and draw stories. Story is my life, which is one interrelated story like websites connecting to each other becoming better to the best with age.

WOW! Does time fly, when busy doing what one likes.
Since November 2017:
On November 4th, 2017 had a Birthaversary Party on the good ship Sunset celebrating my husband's and my 75th birhday and our 50th wedding anniversary. Many of our friends came, the cruise was lovely.

Have written many of the tales I tell with the help of the April marathon AtoZBlogChallenge and NaNoWriCamp, and which post to my blog, ( and on wattpad ( The SAGA OF TIGER, DRAGONS CREATE CHINA, SITA, VISHNU, FIRE, the HUNGER, and Vasalisa, the Frog Princess ( Also, I send out a newsletter called EVENTING . . . where I share what I am doing and my friends successes in storytelling, writing, and art. If you want to join and send me your event or just subscribe (

WOW! Does time fly, when having a good time.
Since June of 2012--> here is a brief: 1) still co-hostess of the monthly Tale Spinners at the Orinda Library in Orinda, CA; 2) at Tale Spinners finished the saga of 'Dragons of China', which I told to the visiting school children in the Chinese Galleries at AAM; 3) told Spooky Tales on College Avenue as 'Spooky Tales in the Redwoods' had it run for a good five years; 4) retired from the Asian Art Museum, AAM, as a storyteller. I started in 2002, that was 10 years along ran for me, as I like to say my "doctorate of story travel"; 5) working on my 'go-around-round', my various pages about doings, gigs, videos, writings, etc. on the virtual web, magic of our time; 6) have done many months of writing on my stories with the help and Clarion Write-a-Thon. In 2012 compiled all 'The Elfin Letters' into three books with main narrators, plots, subplots all organized around mystery and intrigue for my granddaughter; 7) now finished 'Rhyonna's Fright' and published at Amazon and Smashwords.

As I like to say. "now or never"! I had my 70th birthday February 2013.
Why did I become a storyteller? C:--}
WOW! I had finish 9 years of professional gardening, sick, too much mulch and too many pesticides in the ground! As I was healing, resting. A questioned floated into my mind. "What is the last thing, ever! ever! would I do?" I was quick to answer, "Of course, stand up and tell a story in front of an audience." After years of workshops and conferences in SCBWI and CWC, I could write a story with a beginning-middle-ending, with a plot that answered a question or problem, having a character that drove the action and dialogue forward. I could storyboard the story and painting the illustrations. Through this preparation I leaned to write and spell in acceptable English (my third language, visual image is my first, audio is my second). However, the editors in New York had not selected me as an author or illustrator of children's books. SO, after years of studying story, I was to stand up and tell my stories. OH DEAR! I could not read out loud in school, how was I going to tell a story in front of an audience? Luckily, there was a school of storytelling at Dominican in San Rafael. I went and took courses. The best of the best that could happen for me, I can stand up and tell a story. Traveling to many wonderful places and meeting the most wonderful people. Now, I'm learning how to put myself in the the web system.

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Life is a journey on a ship.

Life is like a ship; we are born in certain ports and travel to other ports. While traveling we met people on board. While stopping at the port, some stay, others disembark, and others come on board. Most times the travel is smooth; when storms appear, some slip off while others stay travel to the next port to disembark or continue travel. On and on…


Posted on November 6, 2017 at 4:30pm

Blogging A to Z

Entered a blogging contest to write my stories on paper and put on the web. Read the blog posts then go to to read the stories then listen to the stories on…


Posted on March 3, 2016 at 9:00pm

WOW! Does time fly, when having a good time.

Since June of 2012--> here is a brief: 1) still co-hostess of the monthly Tale Spinners at the Orinda Library in Orinda, CA;  2) at Tale Spinners finished the saga of 'Dragons of China', which I told to the visiting school children in the Chinese Galleries at AAM; 3) told Spooky Tales on College Avenue - 'Spooky Tales in the Redwoods' had it run of a good five years; 4)…


Posted on May 15, 2013 at 11:17am

Orinda Storytelling Swap

Tale Spinners – we keep the oral tradition of storytelling ALIVE!

Storytelling is real, entertaining, FREE, and every forth Thursday of the month.

Bring your treasured stories to the swap, polished, in process, or improvise.

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Orinda Library in the Gallery Room

As always stories of any genre with appropriate adult theme are welcome. Listeners are special! And first time storytellers are encouraged.

Hostesses are Bobbie Kinkead and…


Posted on March 23, 2013 at 1:48pm

Spooky Tales in the Redwood Grove

Dancing trees! Laughing birds! Talking animals! BEHOLD! A parade through the Redwoods then stories, songs and riddles to be told by the Witches Four: Jean Ellison, Bobbie Kinkead, Carol Nyhoff and Karen Werner, at the UC Botanical Gardens in Berkeley, BE BOLD!

A family friendly event. Costumes encouraged.…


Posted on October 30, 2010 at 12:00pm

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At 10:49pm on April 24, 2010, Pam Faro said…
Hello, Bobbie,

Somehow I missed being aware of your friend request (made in February) until today! And coincidentally I am in the Bay Area as I write. My oldest son lives in Mountain View; he and his wife had their first child in January - my first grandchild! So my husband and I are here right now visiting our beautiful granddaughter. My other son lives in San Francisco - so I get out here as often as I can, which is never often enough!

I've not availed myself of this website/network yet...perhaps that will change. In any case, nice to make contact with a storyteller in this area that seems to be trying to become my second home-! Good stories, Pam
At 11:27am on October 10, 2008, Storyteller Joe Paris said…
thank you for your wonderful comment - and welcome to a circle of friends that share stories!
At 2:12pm on August 22, 2008, Baba the Storyteller said…
Your's is an inspiration story, it is wonderful to cross paths with you.
At 8:23pm on August 5, 2008, Judith Black said…
It's a blessing to work with folks who are so open hearted and skilled.
At 9:09pm on June 28, 2008, Harlynne Geisler said…
I never thought of archiving the Story Bag. Guess I figured with the Internet out there, everyone could find all the info they needed about storytelling.

Glad to hear about publicizing the storyteller as performer in SF.

At 12:02pm on June 20, 2008, Steve Evans said…
Greetings and welcome to this great site. I hope you find it useful. Would you consider joining the Applied Storytelling: the Power of Story group? We would love to have wisdom and insights added to the discussions and would welcome you starting some of your own! Best wishes to you. STEVE
At 3:50am on June 19, 2008, Olivia Wells said…
No, I didn't make hte picture, and maybe in future that is something I could try!
At 9:27am on June 18, 2008, Daniel Bishop, the Storyteller said…
Bobbie, I had the help of my wife and the web host makes it easy with templates and other helps.
I would love to tell Ghost Stories in a botanical garden. What was the audience like? (can I come next year?)
Keep telling and keep in touch
Daniel Bishop, the Storyteller
At 7:19pm on June 9, 2008, Steven Henegar said…
Hey Bobbie,
Yes, I saw that you were the pr chair person for the Bay Area Festival this year. And you seemed to be pulling off considerably more press scores than I remember from the past, including the "pink" section of the Chron, which always seems to be difficult to get into. Way to go.
At 6:56pm on June 8, 2008, Bobbie Kinkead said…
Thanks to all of you who have become my friends in this network of inspiring roads. I did leave messages to those storytellers I know, but of course, since this is a new vehicle on a new road, I forgot to push the 'Add Comment' and so my respect was not recorded. I will travel the same road again and paste on another note on your post.



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