I am available for author events in schools and at festivals from November 2019.
These events are aimed at readers aged 12-14 and focus on my novel, The Bone Flute.
Set in Iron Age Orkney, The Bone Flute is a fast-paced adventure story that will not only hook reluctant readers but can also encourage an interest in Scottish prehistory, legends and folklore.
The story is inspired by an Orcadian legend, Asipattle and the Stoor Worm, which has its roots in Norse/Viking mythology. It draws on a decade spent working as an oral storyteller in Scottish schools, as well as my own hands-on research including martial arts training in Thailand, seeking out wild Komodo dragons and diving (with and without oxygen) in Indonesia.
My events include a powerpoint presentation, live storytelling, music played on prehistoric instruments, Q&A and book signing.
Author events in Scottish schools are eligible for funding from Scottish Book Trust’s Live Literature Fund.
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‘A tremendous read… no end of dramas, surprises & reversals of fortune… a rattling good plot… wonderful stuff’
Fay Sampson, Guardian Children’s Book Award-Nominated Author
Storytelling in Schools, at Events & Festivals
Storytelling in Schools
An experience your pupils will never forget!
I am available for storytelling in schools throughout Scotland and worldwide.
Most schools book a full day visit, allowing me to spend time with every year group. I can select stories on a particular theme, such as Irish myths or Norse myths, or you can let me choose whichever stories I think your pupils will enjoy.
I don’t just tell traditional stories - I weave in my own experiences, such as tracking chimpanzees in Uganda, trekking in the Himalayas, caring for a baby monkey in the Amazon, swimming with sharks in Thailand and seeking out Komodo dragons in Indonesia!
All my storytelling sessions feature live music on didgeridoo, jaw harp, drums and percussion.
My aim is not only to entertain and inform your pupils - I want to show them that my dreams have come true, and so can theirs.
Sessions in Scottish schools are eligible for funding from Scottish Book Trust’s Live Literature Fund.
Read my profile on the Directory of Scottish Storytellers here.
Storytelling at Events
Storytelling is a fantastic addition to all kinds of events. I have been hired to tell stories at weddings, parties and awards ceremonies; in libraries and museums, yoga centres and prisons.
Choose from one of my set performances or allow me to create a unique programme for your event.
Storytelling at Festivals
I have performed at festivals throughout the UK and in the USA, Portugal, UAE and Singapore.
Choose from either ceilidh-style storytelling - stories chosen especially for the occasion - or a set performance piece.
My set performance piece are:
Further West Than West; Stories of the Sidhe
I Would Drink of Your Heart’s Blood; Tales from the Scottish Islands
The Cup of Life; Tales of Finn MacCoull & the Fianna
John Muir; The Wilderness Within
The Missing Lynx; Britain’s Ancient Animals
The Medicine Wheel; Animistic Medicine Stories
Jungle Boogie; Wild Tales for Feral Children