Be Entertained and Inspired by Randell Jones Posted on April 16, 2019April 17, 2019 by SS If you are coming to Second Spring Arts Festival on May 4 to be entertained, to be inspired, and to consider sharing your own work, then join us at 1:00 p.m. when Randell Jones will offer all three during the focus on “Literary.” Randell Jones is an award-winning author and storyteller whose guest columns appear frequently on the editorial pages of the Winston-Salem Journal, bringing some story from the past to bear on current events. Since 2007, he has served as an invited member of the Road Scholar Speakers Bureau of the North Carolina Humanities Council, speaking to audiences around the state about Daniel Boone, Famous and Infamous Women of North Carolina, and the Overmountain Men’s role in the Battle of Kings Mountain. Randell made his own transition into writing, coming to it late in life and publishing his first book in his mid-50s. To date, he has written nine non-fiction books, edited three collections of stories by other writers, and produced two videos. He has received two Kentucky History Awards from the Kentucky Historical Society and, in 2014, he received the History Award Medal from the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution for this body of work during the prior ten years. On Saturday, May 4, Randell will share a story from the life of Daniel Boone, explore the challenge writers currently face in keeping their writing relevant through balancing “the 3 M’s,” and announce the theme for the 2020 anthology of the Personal Essay Publishing Project while sharing stories from the just-released 2019 collection, Exploring. Some of the local writers whose work is included will read excerpts from their stories appearing in Exploring and Bearing Up. Come join us. Explore your own transition. Be entertained, inspired, and participate. Something is always blooming in the spring.