I tell old stories. Folktales myths and legends from all over the world which connect us to the lives we have led and the lives we are leading. They hold the wisdom of the ages. Passed on for centuries, I believe these stories carry vital information that has the power to transform.
I tell new stories. Spontaneous tales. Woven in the moment, plucked from the immediate present and shaped according to what needs to be shared in that space, at that time with those people. These are stories to delight, to heal, to connect us to the present.
I came to storytelling through my career as an actress in the theatre. A fellow actor invited me to tell tales at a storytelling event she was hosting. The evening was a roaring success, and I loved the experience. I was invited back to tell again on several occasions and this inspired creative collaborations with other storytellers. I became part of a small group who were telling tales together and hosting storytelling events.
Storytelling allowed me the freedom in my creative work that I’d been looking for in acting, and the more stories I told, the more I came to understand their importance. I immersed myself in the old folktales, myths and legends, and I listened and learnt from some of the great contemporary masters of oral storytelling. I told stories wherever I could and I began to experiment with different styles and forms of telling. Storytelling has now become my passion and my profession.
In 2015 I moved to Edinburgh where I’ve found a warm and welcoming community of storytellers and artists. Here I’ve made performances, run workshops, coached storytellers, created and performed my own stories, and used storytelling in teaching.
In Edinburgh I’ve found audiences of all age groups in all kinds of environments who love to hear stories and learn about the art form. I lead storytelling workshops in schools and universities. I also specialise in storytelling for language learners and teachers.
Throughout the last year I have been working on a storytelling collaboration with Danish storyteller Svend Erik Engh. Together we’ve created the multi faceted storytelling project GIANTS which we perform and nationally and internationally.
Storytelling has brought me closer to myself, and our universal human experience. Stories tell me about the world and everything in it. Stories shape the world as we move forward. But most of all, stories have the power to bring immense joy and I hope above all my work brings you some of that.