Today, Dr. Lockett takes storytelling and educational messages to groups all across the USA. A teller of traditional tales, Lockett specializes in audience participation stories. â€œI have more fun when audiences join in with the telling,â€ says Lockett. Judging from the laughter when â€œThe Normal Storytellerâ€ is speaking to a group, they do exactly that! During his years as a teacher in Normal and administrator in the Peoria Public Schools, Dr. Lockett gave more than 1200 presentations to schools, libraries, churches and gave many keynote talks for educational and fraternal organizations.
Retirement has not dulled this storyteller. Since his retirement from the position of high school principal of an alternative school, Lockett has concentrated on developing new stories and reaching out to new audiences. He has started a new small company, Heritage Schoolhouse Press, to publish materials related to storytelling and plans to also author childrenâ€™s books. He has already been a featured speaker at two major educational conferences in 2006, the No Child Left Behind Conference in Chicago and the Illinois Reading Conference in Springfield. Check out his website at http://www.mikelockett.com to see when he will be in your area.
â€œTales from Around the Worldâ€ has been in production for the last two years and was completed and sent to Press on February 7, 2006. This project is the second storytelling production by Lockett. His first CD was â€œTales from the Hills,â€ a collection of Appalachian tales, released in 2000 with a second printing in 2006. Both products are available for purchase on CDBaby.com
Dr. Lockett is currently the president of the Twin City Tale Spinners, a local Bloomington/Normal storytelling guild. He and other guild members can be heard telling tales at the Normal Public Library on the third Thursday of each month at 6:45 P.M.
Contact Mike Lockett for more information about storytelling CDâ€™s or about booking him for storytelling programs. - Phone (309) 454-2300
Check out the artist's website:
1. Lazy Jack
2. Old Dry Fry
3. The Preacher's Horse
4. Jack's First Elevator Ride
5. The Cat's Tale
6. The Fat Man
7. Jack and the Goblins
8. The Big Toe