I am a Scottish storyteller and interdisciplinary artist. Born and brought up in a Doric speaking fishing family, I worked as a theatre-maker in Canada for a number of years and returned to live in Portskerra, a wee Sutherland fishing village on the north coast. I am a published playwright, theatre director and performer and co-wrote Aphra, Speaking in (Mother) Tongues, The Cocoa Diary and a number of shorter works.
The stories I tell are generally Scottish or those that look to the North, and strike a chord today. As a storyteller my focus is on stories and songs that have a strong connection for me; I tell those that I feel will have meaning for those around me whatever their age or location.
I believe traditional stories continue to be told and loved because we continue to need their lessons, that their meaning still hits our funny bone and the magic they weave still transports us to a place inside ourselves where we visualise and experience the story as we choose. Stories with a sting in the tail, with a good dose of salt from tears and the sea - and with a touch of humour and spice.
(Works in Scots)