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Christi U.
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  • Murfreesboro, TN
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Magda the StorySpider has been performing at the Fairy Tales Bookstore in East Nashville monthly for the last 5 years, as well as traveling to various Tennessee libraries, from the Madison branch of Davidson County to the Camden branch of Benton County.

In 2009, Magda the StorySpider was a featured teacher-teller at the Lockeland Design Center, introducing children from Kindergarten through third grade to live storytelling. Then she and her workshop partner Pete Turner were invited to teach public and school librarians how to enhance their Storytimes with acting and storytelling techniques during a 3 hour workshop at the TLA annual conferences 2010 & 2011. In 2012, she also hosted a storytelling workshop with the teens at the Smyrna Library, helping kick off their Summer Reading Program. Then 2013 was the year Eastside Tellabration!, founded by Magda and the 5 Point Merchants, celebrated its 2nd anniversary of local stories and music. Last year, she also expanded into the world of adult audiences, performing for "That Time of the Month" at Cafe Coco in June and September.

She is a member of Explorastory, a Storytelling Guild affiliate of the National Storytelling Network, based out of Hendersonville. The group has performed for the Hope Lodge of Nashville, the Tennessee State Haunted Museum 2011-2013, and even hosted their own storytelling concerts at Rock Castle in Hendersonville, such as "Spirits at Rock Castle” (5 years running) and "Appalachian Christmas" (3 years running).

Magda will whisk you away-from the Americas to India to Africa-with tales for everyone, the smallest wee person to the stuffiest of grown-ups. You will climb trees, hide from wicked witches, and meet talking animals. Watch how she incorporates props, costumes, various voices, and audience participation, into a whole half hour of fun. Travel with her across the world and hear a new story. Share it across the world.

Magda is available for library and classroom Storytimes, workshops and special presentations. Please feel free to contact her for more details about pricing and specific scheduling--

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The Crane Wife (Japan) (10 min)

   There once was a poor man, a sailmaker. He made beautiful sails for the local fishermen’s boats. He did such good work, that they not only paid for it, but also shared in their catch of fish. Between that and his small rice paddy, he had… Continue

Posted on July 1, 2011 at 11:51am

Hae-Sun, or, The Korean Little Red Riding Hood (5 min)

Hae-Sun, or, The Korean Little Red Riding Hood (5 min)…


Posted on June 27, 2011 at 3:36pm

Persephone & Demeter: a tale for Mother's Day

  Once when I was a baby, my mother lost me. I had just started crawling and when her back was turned, I went exploring. I found a perfect spot between the couch & wall and slid right in. My mother could hear me, but she couldn’t see me. Although I was… Continue

Posted on May 1, 2011 at 11:57am — 2 Comments

Anansi & the Tar Baby

[I seem to be on an Anansi kick right now. Maybe it's April Fool's or my Story Spider coming out...]


Mr. Fox was tired of competing with Anansi the Spider Man for good jokes. Anansi…


Posted on April 14, 2011 at 11:50am

Anansi & the Strange Moss-Covered Rock

One day Anansi the Spider Man was walking through the forest. Just off the path, he saw something unusual.…


Posted on March 16, 2011 at 1:14pm

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At 2:56pm on September 2, 2011, Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) said…

Happy birthday, Christi!

Have fun this holiday weekend.

At 10:52am on January 14, 2011, Max Tell said…
It's the little things that count.
At 5:40pm on January 13, 2011, Max Tell said…
And we keep our mistletoe hanging all year.
At 10:04pm on January 6, 2011, Éric Gauthier said…
To answer your question (sorry it took me a while, I unplugged over the holidays), I tell strange tales like this one:

Most of my stories are original creations, grounded in everyday reality, with a touch of the fantastic thrown in. Stories about wrong numbers changing a man's life, about storefront ornaments philosophizing, about pigeons scheming, about wise and crazy street people, and so on. What about you?
At 12:47pm on December 23, 2010, Max Tell said…
Merry Christmas back. You have a Christmas card: Max
At 1:36pm on November 18, 2010, Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) said…
Thank you, Christi!
At 10:31am on June 7, 2010, June Davidson said…
How fortunate to stumble upon Chrisit U, I became a fan in less than five minutes. :)
At 1:05am on December 9, 2009, Reisa Stone said…
Tips? Yep. Keep your jaws flapping. Works for me :-0
At 11:16pm on August 3, 2009, Donna F. Slaton said…
Hi Christi, I have had a few Red White and Blue days telling stories since SLA. LOC for original Ben Franklin research after SLA got me all fired up and I have spent time at the Hermitage this summer so working on an Andrew Jackson story line too!
Getting started - best tip is just do it! Pick a theme that you like and pull together several stories so that you can do a 20 minute (great for classroom) and or/ 30 minute or 50-60 minute program and then share your passion. Local PR is fine with homemade business cards and postcards that are easy as your computer printer to make and enough to make connections. After you make $500-$1000 then you can get all "professional" and buy printed stuff. is a yahoo site - with video check out all the buttons across the top. Inexpensive but very helpful. All of my May and July programs came from the contact us form on the back page!
And it is fun! See you on Facebook!
At 1:55pm on July 17, 2009, Marjorie Shaefer - a.k.a. - Mother Goose said…
The book I mentioned is:
Mother Goose in Prose
by L. Frank Baum (a reprint of a Dover publication.)



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