Stories and song are the most wonderful ways of bringing community together, young and old, and can be a truly transformative experience for both receiver and giver.
As a storyteller, singer, harpist and handmaker, it is my intention to reach as many people as I can, and hopefully act as a catalyst and inspirer wherever I go and in everything I do, using the skills I was given to share.
I weave traditional storytelling and storymaking into environmental and educational projects that connect community, working in partnership with Forest Education Initiative (FEI), Historic Scotland, and the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. I also enjoy telling tales and spinning yarns — click here for more about my storytelling.
Please see my Notice Board below for details of upcoming projects, tours and workshops.
If you are interested in my work as a storyteller, community gatherer or musician for feasts and celebrations, please contact me at my email address:
If you would like to listen to extracts from my album Duanag whilst browsing this site, mp3 downloads can be found here.
Notice Board 2013
- Throughout 2013
- Ongoing research with Ruth Atkinson with the Story Quilt — story-collecting and story-gathering sessions in N. Uist, Kinloch Rannoch, and visits to Heisker.
- Monthly residence
- Second Wednesday of every month: Silver Branch Storytelling Gatherings at the Perth Arms pub in Dunkeld, 7.30—9pm
(a Pitlochry in Bloom Initiative).
- October/November 2013
- Nightly Storytelling in the Yurt at the Enchanted Forest
- October 31st 2013
- Sahmain Stories event at the Scottish Crannog Centre.
- October 26th 2013
- All Our Stories event, 2—4pm, at Highland Folk Museum with Story Tribe team and Saami Storyteller Berit Alette Miena and Georgiana Keable from Oslo ... and the reindeer from Aviemore Reindeer Centre.
See the Scottish Storytelling Centre website and the Stories in the Land blog for more information about the project.
- October 21st—24th 2013
- National Gallery of Scotland Harvest of Stories — a project working with paintings from the Scottish collection and with songs,
stories and poems and resources and stimulating memories with groups of elderly people. Part of Scottish Storytelling Festival and Luminate Festival.
- October 19th 2013
- Travelling Tales event at SSC, 2—4pm, featuring storytellers and musicians and all those involved in the Droving project.
See the Scottish Storytelling Centre website.
- October 18th 2013
- Stories in the Land event 6pm onwards: RSGS launch of project exhibition at the Scottish Storytelling Centre as part of the International Storytelling Festival.
See the Scottish Storytelling Centre website.
- September 2013—April 2014
- 150 Years On Track — a Heritage Lottery funded project in Pitlochry focussing on the coming of the railway and all stories associated with it.
I will be gathering stories from young and old at a variety of sessions at Balhousie Residentail home, Moulin Hall, and working with local group Pitlochry in Bloom.
Also there will be a Railway Children's Storytelling club set up at Pitlochry Primary. From the recorded stories we will be producing a book.
- June 23rd—July 10th 2013
- I journey back to Finland to work with Runic Singer, Storyteller and Fiddler Anna-Maria Toivenen in Turku at the Turku Medieval Festival on June 28th—30th .
We are creating a performance bring together songs and stories from each of our traditions called The Forest of Enchantments. I will also spend time travelling through Finland collecting stories and songs.>
- June 10th—15th 2013
- Stories in the Land, Journey 1 Travelling Tales with Storyteller and Scottish Traveller Essie Stewart and Horseman Ruaridh Ormiston
travelling with horse and carriage from Highland folkmuseum in Newtonmore on a circular route through communities collecting stories, Storywalks with the community,
and culminating in a celebration at the Township at HFM on the Saturday.
Stories in the Land, Journey 2 — tbc — journey with pony and bow top from Fort William to Arisaig. We would then journey to Muck and Essie and I will be running
a residential workshop in Storytelling, Jouney and the land and also celebrating the Homecoming of the project (so plenty of feasting and tale telling!)
- June 1st 2013
- Railway Stories event in Pitlochry to celebrate the coming of the railway line to Pitlochry from the south 1800's.
- April—August 2013
- Tree Tales Workshops Tayside FEI cluster group — CPD sessions in schools with teachers developing skills in using stories/storytelling and storymaking
with primary schools and encouraging Living Classroom/Forest School sessions to be woven into daily eduction.
- January—December 2013
- Tree Tales — I have been commissioned by Forestry Commission to create a monthly Tree Story for a Forest Education Initiative website
as an Outdoor Education resource. Each month will focus on a specific native tree, e.g. January: Yew; February: Rowan and March Willow.
These will be stories that can be read, told orally and used to develop a deeper understanding through story of the nature and environment of each tree.
- January—August 2013
- Stories in the Land project: another wonderful All our Stories Lottery Heritage funded project that follows on from the week long Drovers' Journey from Newtonmore to Kirkmichael last year.
Created by Joyce Gilbert, the Education Officer at the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, the project is based in Lochaber and Speyside, working with local community and youth groups, schools, artists, U3A and the Highland Folk Museum.
The focus will be on journey , walking on foot or with pony, on the old Drovers and Reivers paths and the stories old and new that come from those journeys.
It will also be about connecting these communities and celebrating with gatherings and sharing our stories at journey's end.
- January—June 2013
- Exploring the 60's at Stanley project: a great All our Stories Lottery Heritage funded project focussing on the Textile industry at Stanley and the women who worked there in the
60's — stories of their work life and social life. We will be gathering former workers to the mill to share their stories with eight girl guide units from Perth and Kinross.
Then a follow up weekend vist for the day will see girls spending the day with dancer Tricia Anderson, learning dances from the 60's to perform at end of the day, and creating 60's
Story Dresses with me. I will be helped by the local Stanley WRI who will share their stitching and dressmaking skills with the girls — and stories too!
- January 2013—April 2014
- Living Voices project in residential homes in Scotland. This is a wonderful project created by the Scottish Poetry Library and the Scottish Storytelling Centre.
As one of 10 facilitators, I am working in Perth and Kinross, and running monthly Storytelling / Reminiscence / Poetry and Music sessions with residents, a volunteer and staff of the home.
The project will demonstrate best practice with the elderly and the importance of creating regular meeting circles. The sessions will also prove from our experiences at each session that
sharing our stories and memories are incredibly beneficial to the health and well being of the residents.
Stories from The Silver Branch project (a Pitlochry in Bloom Initiative).