Storytellers of Our Guild

Our storytellers come from a wide variety of locations, and backgrounds.
Some tell stories for fun and as a hobby, and others tell stories professionally.
All have a great tale to tell...

Loretta Bolen ~ Loretta currently lives in Manchester, NH. She studied storytelling in New York City with Laura Simms. While in NYC, she studied acting and voice over, but storytelling provides the opportunity to use all of these skills. Storytelling has become her first love.

Peter Brodeur ~ aka "Bearded Turtle", started telling American Indian legends while working as a tour guide at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum. Encouraged by other storytellers Peter uses storytelling to help preserve an oral tradition that is 10,000 years old. Although most of his ancestors came from the Old World there is a thread connecting Peter to the "People of the Dawn" and storytelling is a way of keeping that connection alive. For as a Mic Mac elder once taught Peter "A story is only a story if it is told."

Peter has recently started working on telling some personal or family stories, remembering the stories his father would tell sitting around the table after supper. Peter has shared his stories at festivals and pow-wows as well as at schools and libraries and any other venue that will let him tell.

Peter is  president of the New Hampshire Storytelling Alliance, a member of the League for the Advancement of New England Storytellers, and a member of the Central New Hampshire Storytelling Guild.

Cora Jo Ciampi ~ Cora moved from Montana many years ago. Storytelling for Cora comes as natural as mud puddles and kids. She has been telling professionally for almost 21 years in the West and New England. About the art of storytelling she says, "Story is a vehicle I can use to allow me to reach the person inside us all desiring the sense of community."

Nancy Donnelly ~ Nancy has been a storyteller for 10 years. While she does tell to general audiences, she has specialized in stories for hospice and hospital settings. Currently she is telling Bible stories to her Sunday School children, who know her as 'Uncle Zebulon.'

Angela Cay Klingler ~ From museums, environmental centers, educational farms, summer camps, scouting groups, arts festivals and educators' conferences to schools and libraries in NH, MA, ME, VT & NY ~ NAPPA award winning professional storyteller and education consultant Angela Klingler's retellings and repertoire of traditional world folktales, fables, myths and legends - bridges time, culture and curriculum with custom designed programming Pre-K ~ 8. Combined Storytelling and Storycraft programs and residencies available.

Ruth Niven ~ Ruth lives in a house on a hill in Franklin and works at the public library.
She is a founding member of CNHSG. Ruth reads and listens and listens and reads. Then she tells a story.

Lauretta Phillips ~ Lauretta has been telling stories professionally since 1987. She teaches in the  RISE program at Rivier College, hosts and facilitates workshops and retreats for storytellers and writers. Lauretta writes many of the tales she tells and takes her ideas from life and people around her, casting an interesting light on everyday life. She works in many venues such as schools, senior centers, assisted living homes, churches, inns and restaurants.  She is also a motivational speaker for Women's groups bringing with her a sense of humor and wisdom.

'Uncle George' Radcliffe ~ George, a retired school teacher from Webster shares some of his "Slumgullion Tales." These are a unique collection of Folk tales that George has made his own by combining his original telling-style and sense of humor. George teaches people of all ages the art of the oral tale and at any given time, has a range of stories which run the gamut from intense to humorous. He currently is an active member of 5 NH Storytelling Guilds.


Dave Emerson ~ Dave is from Canterbury where he and his wife, Anne, do Old Ways Traditions at the 1785 Ham farm on Shaker Ridge. His stories of country life are inspired by our New Hampshire heritage. They're stories of old ways of doing and relating. He loves to trade his stories for yours, including kids, and share his enthusiasm for old ways and old machinery.

Nancy Saunders ~ Storytelling has always been a natural part of Nancy's life. As a child she loved to read and listen to stories on the radio. As a mother of seven children, she told stories to her own little ones. Then as a teacher in the primary grades for many years, storytelling became a vital part of her classroom. Now retired from teaching and the grandmother of "18 Grands", Nancy continues to share her love of stories with the young and the young at heart.

Mark Chamberlain

For over fifteen years, Mark was an avid story “listener” and writer of original family experiences. Three years ago, he made the switch from story listener to a teller of tales. A native of the state of New Hampshire, he currently resides with his wife and thousands of honeybees. Both at times become characters in his personal adventure stories. Besides his original stories, he loves to tell his own versions of traditional folktales that are both humorous and thought provoking.

Mark has told at the Central New Hampshire Tellabration, the White Mountain Storytelling Festival, Granite State Story Swap, Serenity Cafe, and is a member of the New Hampshire Storytelling Alliance, the League for the Advancement of New England Storytellers, and the Seacoast Storytellers of New Hampshire. To contact Mark email him at

Claire Chandler

After successful careers in nursing and social work, mental health and long term care, Claire found a niche in storytelling.  She enjoys entertaining with original tales that include costumes, characters and much humor.  Claire tells stories to ages from 2 to 100.  To contact Claire email her at

Papa Joe Gaudet  Has returned to the storytelling circut after a 10 year hiatus to do other things and help raise his children.  He now performs at schools, libraries and many other venues.  He is the traveling storyteller of New Hampshire. To contact Papa Joe email him at