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Pauline Cordiner


Pauline is a storyteller from the North East of Scotland who is truly a product of generations of fisher and farming folk. She has now put her life in the oil industry behind her so that she can concentrate on sharing the stories, songs and bothy ballads that she loves.   

Whether she is telling traditional Scottish folk tales, fairy tales, creation myths or stories told by her father and grandfather, she enjoys nothing more than seeing the enjoyment on the listeners' faces. She believes that no one is too young or too old to hear a story or have a go at telling one!

Pauline often uses costumes and puppets when telling stories and uses these to illustrate her love of living history, science and the environment. Some might say that her appearance is as colourful as her storytelling.

About writer's work

Pauline started telling stories at Archaeolink Prehistory Park where she told stories from the point of view of our ancient ancestors. She was resident storyteller at Archaeolink for a number of years and is now founding member of The Rhynie Wifies – a living history group who are often to be found demonstrating ancient life at historical sites across Scotland. 

Pauline then joined the Grampian Association of Storytellers in 2003 and is currently the chair of the group who meet regularly to share stories and encourage new storytellers.

Pauline tells stories on various themes such as science, the environment, the sea and piracy, space, fairies, local myths and legends and she is a huge fan of stories from around the world, including those from the Arabian Nights. 

She has been in demand at festivals around the UK and has performed at folk festivals such as Girvan and Cambridge, Belladrum, Wizard and of course, her yearly slot at the Glastonbury Festival telling stories in the Kidz Field and Green Fields. Closer to home, she has told stories for National Trust and Historic Scotland properties, local museums and libraries, Scottish Natural Heritage and has been on local radio stations as well as Radio 4. 

Leaving the oil industry has allowed Pauline the time to work with adults with dementia and learning difficulties, which she finds really rewarding. She is looking forward to spending more time doing this in the future as well as visiting schools to share the ancient traditions of storytelling, singing and the local dialect, Doric. She has also set up her own company which organises parties and entertainment for children.

Websites featuring the author

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Current events and projects

I am available for storytelling and workshops for groups of all ages and abilities. I like to incorporate traditional Scottish Songs, Ballads and Bothy Ballads into my storytelling sessions. I am also available for workshops. I can also offer various crafts and demonstrations along with the storytelling. 

Here are some examples of projects I have been involved in:

Recently I have been involved with the “New Beginnings” project with groups of adults with learning and physical disabilities in the Garioch/Inverurie area. We have created a story for the service users who will be playing roles of different animals in order to save the sun. We have explored the use of puppets, costume and movement. 

In the past I have led Halloween and story tours with various re-enactment groups, interacting with the different characters throughout the stories and the tours.

Other work

Runner Up best Party Entertainer in Aberdeen and Shire 2016 by Raring to Go
Storytelling Cup, Keith TMSA Festival, 2015
Storytelling Cup, Kirriemuir Festival, 2014
1st Place in the Senior Short Story category at the 2013 Buchan Heritage Festival
Songwriting Cup (Joint Winner), 2013 Aberdeen TMSA Competitions
Ladies Traditional Singing Cup, 2013 Aberdeen TMSA Competitions
Ladies Bothy Ballad Cup, 2012 Aberdeen TMSA Competitions
Ladies Bothy Ballad Cup, 2011 Strichen Festival


Local authority where they are based


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

LL funded

07986 511355

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Author type



English, Scots