I was born in York and raised in Cumbria. I studied Law and Fine Art at Leeds Metropolitan University and Leeds Polytechnic respectively. I have worked as a hypnotherapist. I have a diploma in Upland Resource Management from Craven College in Skipton, North Yorkshire. In 2003 moved to Scotland and worked for the R.S.P.B. before working for Aberdeenshire Council as a countryside ranger. I started telling stories in 1985 and have more recently started writing poetry, mainly about birds and trees – and also runes. I have also carved five rune stones which are placed in Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Aberdeenshire.
About writer's work
I specialise in epics, myths and legends from the so-called “Dark Ages” or early mediaeval period including the Welsh Four Branches of the Mabinogion, the Norse mythological cycle, Beowulf, Wayland the Smith and historical tales of sixth century northern British kings, from Gwynedd to Edinburgh.
I am keen to promote storytelling for the enjoyment of adults as well as children. Ghost and horror stories are my second favourite genre which I have collected from trips to Cornwall and Iceland as well as my native Cumbria.
To more fully recreate the voice of the bards, translations of appropriate poems are interspersed in the narrative of some of my stories, as well as my own poems composed according to the rules of Anglo-Saxon, Welsh and Norse verse. The lyre – the storyteller’s instrument up until the early Middle Ages – accompanies some of these tales.
For Norse stories in schools, performances can be given in Viking costume with authentic weaponry.
Current events and projects
Available to tell stories at festivals, venues and schools.
Caithness Horizons Year of the Ancient Ancestors Festival 2014: May – Pictish stories, October – telling at the Norse Vetrablot Feast.
30th April 2016 Beltane Celtic Storytelling at Haddo Country Park, Tales from the Mabinogion.
20th June 2017 Midsummer Storytelling at Haddo Country Park, Tall Tree Stories
17th September 2017, storytelling at The Light Club, Burlington, Vermont, U.S.A.
21st June 2018 Midsummer Storytelling at Haddo Country Park.
7th December 2018 A Viking Yule, Norse tales at Haddo Country Park.
I have published a book, “The Hidden Door”, a collection of Norse and Anglo-Saxon stories, together with commentaries on them and also explanations of the prosody of those tales told entirely in narrative verse.