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Martha Hannah Performs, Emcees and Signs Book at Austin’s Famed Texas Book Festival

November 10, 2007 by Martha Hannah

Sunny Texas-perfect weather for November’s first Sunday afternoon and I’m emceeing and performing between acts at Austin’s famed Texas Book Festival. The crowds are still strong, particularly in the Children’s entertainment tent where with a big smile, I’m enthusiastically rat-ta-tat drumming my bodhran and hawking the acts like a Medieval Carnie (Cockney accent, mind you), “Come see ‘em, they’re great! Maid Martha greets you in and bids you to stay!” 

And, stay they did, to see the fabulous Joe McDermott (hilarious with zounds of groupies all under three feet high), Rochelle Rabouin, Chaski and Storybook Theatre and my Maid Martha, Medieval Comedienne’s stories and jokes. No novice to the stage, I adlibbed, performed in flex time and told jokes off the cuff and thoroughly enjoyed interacting with the sweet audience. Larry manned our book table and we were pleased to sign copies. Thank you, Jane Sheaffer, Children’s Entertainment Tent Chair for inviting me! It was refreshing!

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