About the Storyteller

Photograph by Claire Grogan Photography
Photograph by Claire Grogan Photography

I tell old stories. Folktales myths and legends from all over the world which connect me 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.

 

My Story: I came to storytelling through my career as an actress in the theatre. A colleague invited me to tell tales at a storytelling event she was hosting. I told a story, loved the experience, and I was invited back to tell again. I thought that was it, and it would remain a little side line to my acting career with one off storytelling sessions here and there. I was wrong. People continued to knock on my door and ask me to tell stories, and the more stories I told the more I came to understand how much people need them.  Furiously I began reading the old folktales, myths and legends. I listened and learnt from some of the great contemporary masters of storytelling. The better I got at telling the more I began to realise this was what I wanted to do all the time. Then one day I surrendered to the fact that I’d fallen in love with the art form.

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 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. As a CELTA qualified EFL teacher, I also provide workshops and storytelling events for English Language Learners. Throughout the last year I have been working on a storytelling collaboration with Danish storyteller Svend Engh. Together we’ve created the project GIANTS which premiered at TradFest 2017  at The Scottish Storytelling Centre.

When I hear and tell stories I feel connected to universal human experience. Stories tell me about the world and everything in it. Stories have the power to shape the world as we move forward. But most of all, stories can bring immense joy, and I hope above all, my work brings you some of that.

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