I grew up in the seclusion of the Lammermuir hills in East Lothian where my love of stories and nature was kindled. After leaving school I spent six months in Africa, working as a school teacher and chimpanzee tracker. Since then I have travelled the world, exploring the mountains of the Nepal, the jungles of Peru and the deserts of Mexico. Though I have travelled far I am proud to call Scotland my home and am looking forward to living and exploring among these islands for many years to come.
About writer's work
As a storyteller my aim is to reconnect audiences with their innate sense of awe, wonder and connection to the natural world, and to the sense that life on Earth is a wonderful, precious gift.
I tell stories from many cultures including Celtic Scotland, North America, The Amazon, Australia, India, Siberia and Scandinavia. I specialise in animal stories, fairy tales and tales of wonder, as well as in working with hard-to-reach older children. I have a special interest in Buddhist culture and teach children about Buddhism using a blend of stories and meditation exercises. I also tell stories about the Dunbar-born naturalist John Muir and work regularly with children and young people with additional support needs.
Music is integral to my storytelling. I use didgeridoo, Native American flute, Jew’s harp, rattles, drums, chimes, Mongolian throat singing and Tibetan singing bowls to bring my stories to life and enchant audiences. I have performed and taught at schools across Scotland as well as at numerous festivals including the Scottish International Storytelling festival and the Edinburgh International Book Festival. In the last two years I have received invitations to perform in India, Ireland, Turkey and Dubai.
I offer storytelling for people of all ages and am available to travel throughout Scotland and internationally.
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Current events and projects
I am available to give storytelling performances to people of any age. Performances consist of a mixture of stories and music, adapted to the needs of the audience.
In September 2013 I carried out a project called ‘Stories of Natural Scotland’, which involved walking 220 miles coast to coast across Scotland, camping wild and stopping in villages to share Scottish folklore. In May I will undertake a similar project entitled ‘the Global Citizen Tour’, this time walking from Fort William to Inverness along the Great Glen Way.
In December 2013 I ran a project called ‘Stories of the Big Five’ which involved visiting inner-city schools in Edinburgh to share stories of Scotland’s ‘big five’ wild animals. The project aimed to stimulate pupils’ interest in Scotland’s natural heritage and to showcase stories as a cruelty-free alternative to keeping wildlife in cages for educational purposes.