I first heard stories from my mother and grandfather as a child and have been fascinated ever since. My repertoire has stories to suit all ages and stages from creation myths and environmental stories to fairy tales, true stories and legends from Ayrshire, Scotland and all around the world. I am particularly good at building confidence and developing language skills in reluctant learners (both children and adults) through inclusive/interactive stories and workshops.
About writer's work
My tales frequently contain underlying messages to promote compassion, friendship, and reconciliation and to help develop life skills, social skills and problem-solving. I have run workshops for children and for those working with children mostly in Ayrshire though have recently been as far north as Nairn and east to Edinburgh. I am a frequent teller at the Better Crack Club in Glasgow.
Websites featuring the authorBetty Skelton's WebsiteOnline Storyteller Profile
Current events and projects
Storytelling for any age or venue on any theme. Workshops in schools to promote storytelling, offering the required skills and techniques to build confidence in children and in adults (teachers, ancillary staff and/or parents/carers) so that they may tell stories well.
I like to explore new places so am willing to travel anywhere. I have told in schools, care homes, libraries and cafes, on trains and buses and at festivals and a wedding.
My dream is to help create a network of schools where storytelling is so integrated into the curriculum that pupils and staff feel nourished by this rich heritage, where imagination and creativity are celebrated and where all are ready to share the joy of storytelling within their community.