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Betty Skelton


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 told stories and led workshops for children, and for those working with children, mostly in Ayrshire though have travelled north to Nairn and south to Isle of Wight and many places in between.

I am a frequent teller at the Better Crack Club in Glasgow.

Websites featuring the author

Betty 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) to help further develop their storytelling skills.

I am currently working with a BSL user to make storytelling more accessible.

I like to explore new places so am willing to travel almost anywhere. I have told in schools, care homes, libraries and cafes, on trains, ferries and buses, at festivals and once at a wedding.

Other work

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.

Contact details

Local authority where they are based

North Ayrshire

Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Other1, Outer Hebrides, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian

Age groups

0-4, 5-8, 9-12, Teens, Adults

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BRAW network


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