An internationally acclaimed performer, consultant, teaching artist, workshop leader, and keynote speaker!Sherry captures the imagination of audiences of all ages with her magical storytelling skills. Her telling style is distinctly her own, full of rhythm, motion, multiple voices, and opportunities for interactive participation, breathing life into her rich repertoire of folktales from around the world. She is an artist who can not only talk the talk but walk the walk. According to Kelli Postlethwait, Huntingdon Primary School, Huntingdon, TN,
Mrs. Norfolk worked with our school as a part of the Tennessee Value Plus Art Grant. Her residency was one of the most beneficial and worthwhile residencies we have ever had at our school. Mrs. Norfolk collaborated with us and made sure that the information she provided and activities the students completed were in-line with our Tennessee curriculum standards. Our students had never written such wonderful and descriptive stories before Mrs. Norfolk came. Since her residency, the quality of writing from our students has been greatly elevated.A professional storyteller since 1981, Sherry also offers inspiring, energizing staff development workshops which demonstrate storytelling as a power tool for educators and an engaging, motivating, curriculum-spanning activity, while professional associations find her a lively and inspiring keynote speaker.
What People are Saying
“… the finest teacher of the modern craft of storytelling. Period!”
— Carmen Deedy, storyteller & author
“Sherry’s stage presence is strong, clear and direct. She enters the stage and immediately there is a sparkle that connects to the audience. She projects a warmth and rapport that translates in both an intimate story swap setting or before a large audience. AND…that VOICE! I don’t know where it comes from but perhaps there lives in her chords a pantheon of BOTH gods and goddesses! I hear a hidden musician in there as well for Sherry imbues musicality in a telling for folk tales. Her use of tones, timbres, and rhythms in her telling breathe life into her style yet never draw away from the service of the story. Her repertoire, developed over the decades she has been telling, is expansive. Her strength is folktales from around the world trend with a rich gravity of genres: cautionary, pourquoi, adventure, trickster, ghost/scary, ‘Haunted Hearts’: love-and-loss or love achieved, freedom stories (underground railroad and related stories)…and, as she quotes conjovially, ‘just plain fun!’
— Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo, Eth-Noh-Tec