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Ailie Finlay

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Contact: info@flotsamandjetsam.co.uk
Local authority: Edinburgh City
Languages: English
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I have worked as a writer, storyteller and puppeteer for the past twenty years and am the co-founder of Flotsam and Jetsam Puppets and Stories. My story sessions are multisensory and very interactive with lots of rhyme, rhythm and games. I use my own handmade puppets and intriguing props to bring the stories to life. I tell stories in special schools, care settings, nurseries, schools, and at festivals and arts venues. I specialise in creating books and sensory story resources for children and adults with additional support needs, particularly those with complex needs. I also love to run CPD sessions in multisensory storytelling.

I believe that telling, hearing and reading stories is a fundamental human experience which everyone should have a chance to enjoy. Recent publications include Max's Story (for the Scottish Huntington's Association), Beyond Memory, a guide to singing and storytelling with people living with dementia (for the Festival Theatre), a chapter in Storytelling Strategies for Reaching and Teaching Children with Special Needs (ed. Sherry Norfolk, Libraries Unlimited) and a series of core word books for Oaklands Special School in Edinburgh.

Websites featuring the author

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Mentoring; Panel event; Performance; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop; Professional development, CLPL or CPD

Audience can work with

Carers; Adults with additional support needs; People living with dementia; Young people with additional support needs (under 18) (ASN/SEN)

Topics of work

Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; First experiences for younger readers; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Loneliness & isolation; Nature; Seasonal books

Age groups published for

Children; Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

0-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-11; 12-14; 15-18; Adults

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100