Shoals Storytelling Festival

The Shoals Storytelling Festival, listed as a Top Twenty Events in the Southeast, began in 2011 as the Front Porch Storytelling Festival, was originally hosted on the campus of the University of North Alabama (UNA) in Florence, a city on the banks of the Tennessee River in northwestern Alabama. In 2017, the Festival moved to the historic Shoals Theatre in downtown Florence, and was renamed The Shoals Storytelling Festival, acknowledging its home in “the Shoals,” an area made up of the four cities of Florence, Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, and Tuscumbia. The Quad Cities is an area rich in history, stories, and music. It’s the birthplace of Helen Keller and W. C. Handy, and the site of FAME Studios and the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio.

For 2022, the Festival will be held at the Shoals Theatre – 123 N Seminary St. – Florence, AL 35630 from May 19th through May 21st. As you plan your visit to join us this year please check out our venue at, and learn more about our historic and culturally rich area at

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Thursday night

7-9pm    Olio with Josh Goforth, Dolores Hydock, Bil Lepp, Tim Lowry and Kevin Kling

Friday, May 17-

8:55 am – Erick Kirkman – 9:10

9:10 -Kevin Kling – 9:40

9:40-Tim Lowry – 10:10

10:10 – Bil Lepp – 10:40

10:40-10:55 – Break

10:55 – Dolores Hydock – 12:15

12:15 – 2:00 – Lunch

2:05 – Josh Goforth – 3:00

3:00 – 3:35 – Bil Lepp

3:35 – 3:50 - Break

3:50 – 4:15 - Kevin Kling

4:15- 4:45 - Tim Lowry

Dinner 4:45-6:55

Olio – 7-9

Walt Aldridge, Dolores Hydock, Josh Goforth, Kevin Kling, Tim Lowry and Bil Lepp

Saturday, May 18th

9:00- 9:40 – Tim Lowry

9:40-10:20 – Josh Goforth

10:20-10:35 – Break

10:35 – 11:15 – Kevin Kling

11:15 – 12:00 – Bil Lepp

12:00-2 – Lunch

2:00- 3:15 – Dolores Hydock

3:15-3:45 – Josh Goforth

3:45-4 - Break

4:00 4:30 – Tim Lowry

4:30 -5:00 – Kevin Kling

5-7 - Dinner

Olio – 7-9 

Kevin Kling, Josh Goforth, Dolores Hydock, Tim Lowry and Bil Lepp




Friday, May 17

Tony Curtis Speaks Italian and All I Can Say is 'I Love You', by Dolores Hydock: Two friends. One year. A VW beetle, three French children, and the White Cliffs of Dover. They all show up in this true story of friendship, feeling foreign, and finding your way home. What if you could meet your 19-year-old self again?  "...funny and touching, smart and insightful, personal and universal." -- review in The Birmingham News


Saturday, May 18

In Her Own Fashion, by Dolores Hydock: Stories of career disasters, celebrity encounters, war, peace, and reckless romance, based on the life of Ninette Griffith, a sassy, ambitious, independent woman who, at age 95, was ready to tell all.


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