Donna Ingham, Storyteller


Donna Ingham

At the 2015 National Storytelling Conference in Kansas City, Donna was honored to receive the Oracle Regional Excellence Award for the South Central Region (Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, and Louisiana). The award recognizes “exceptional commitment and exemplary contributions to the art of storytelling.”


Presenter Mary Grace Ketner recognized Donna’s “virtuosity” and counted her research and crafting as “nothing less than brilliant”; her delivery “luminous”; her writing “vivid, funny, numinous.”

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 has been named the Biggest Liar in Austin, Texas, seven times and the Biggest Liar in Texas three times and is a recipient of the John Henry Faulk Award for “outstanding contributions to the art of storytelling” and a National Storytelling Oracle Regional Excellence Award for “exceptional commitment and exemplary 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 last season's Road Scholar presentations:


“Donna Ingham deserves all the awards she has received. Her delivery and content were extraordinary!”

“Donna Ingham was a great storyteller. Could listen to her for hours. Her stories gave a great insight into Texas life.”