Gwen Hilary is a multicultural storyteller with a vast repertoire of stories that can be tailored to any age group, theme or occasion. She specializes in literature that features African American authors and stories. She is skilled in telling stories to the very young child and connecting books to the curriculum and State Standards.


Gwen Hilary and Enoch Williamson


gwen and enochGwen Hilary and Enoch Williamson create an energetic fusion of music and the spoken word to engage the audience and get them “into” the stories. Songs, chants, rhythms and participation bring story characters to life. Experience the music and ancient rhythms of Africa as performed by Enoch Williamson, world renowned musician and performer on drums, shekere, and other instruments. Hear the storytelling that has inspired audiences in over 100 schools and public libraries and at venues such as the Art Institute, Children’s Museum, Swedish Museum, DuSable Museum, Chicago Botanic Gardens as well as the Illinois Storytelling Festival.


Programs and Workshops


Stories of Freedom! (Biddy Mason, Clotee Henley, and Henry Box Brown)
Women who Achieved (Ida B. Wells, Mary McLeod Bethune, and Marion Anderson)
Dragons, Dreams and Daring - (Stories of bravery, overcoming obstacles and achievement)
Stories with a Big Splash (Stories and folk tales correlated with sea animals and ocean life)
Stories and Lives - Langston Hughes, Zora Neal Hurston and others
Multicultural Folktales, Fairytales, and Legends
Women Nobel Peace Prize Winners
Juneteenth Celebration
Anansi Stories
A Taste of Chicago: Stories, Poems and History
Celebrating Kwanzaa

Workshop - Reading and Storytelling for Young Children
Workshop - The Art of Storytelling “How to Techniques”

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selected venues