Donna Ingham, Storyteller


Donna Ingham


There's an old saying: "When an older person dies, it's as if a whole library just burned down." That should spur us all to collect and preserve our personal and family stories like the one Donna tells about once being in Ripley's Believe It or Not. Hear it now on the Hear Stories page, and resolve to add to your own "library" in 2014!

Humorist and folklorist Donna Ingham takes the ancient art of storytelling and gives it a Texas twist to entertain audiences of all ages. Hear tall tales, folklore, historical and personal stories told only as a Texan could – or would. As a storyteller Donna has appeared at festivals and conferences throughout the United States and even swapped a yarn or two in Ireland. A former college professor with a Ph.D. in English, she also offers workshops, master classes, and training and in-service sessions as well as age-appropriate programs for elementary and secondary schools. As a published author, she brings an added dimension to her school visits, and she both entertains and enlightens audiences at book festivals and conferences. Her reputation as a humorist makes her a popular luncheon and after-dinner speaker and presenter of special programs and keynotes as well. She currently holds the titles of Biggest Liar in Austin, Texas (for the seventh time), and Biggest Liar in Texas (for the third time) and is a recipient of the John Henry Faulk Award for “outstanding contributions to the art of storytelling.” Donna is listed on the Texas Touring Roster of the Texas Commission on the Arts and on the Mid-America Arts Alliance Regional Touring Program.



“masterful style of oral storytelling” – Raymond V. Whelan, River Cities Tribune, Marble Falls, Texas


“impressive, funny, a virtuoso” – audience member Michael, from California 


“You’ll have to decide what is true and what is, well, maybe almost true. . . sure to entertain.” – Abilene Reporter-News


A couple of comments following a Road Scholar Great American Get-Together 2013:


“My favorite was Donna Ingham! She was hilarious.”


“Donna is the best liar I have ever heard, and I could have listened to her for hours, but my side hurt from laughing.”