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Alexandria Patience

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Contact: patienceart@yahoo.co.uk
Local authority: Highland
Languages: English, Scots
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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)

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

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

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Care-experienced people; Carers; Intergenerational learning; Outdoor learning; Adults with additional support needs; People experiencing mental health problems; People living with dementia; Vulnerable young people (under 18); Vulnerable adults; Vulnerable older people; Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts); Young people with additional support needs (under 18) (ASN/SEN)

Topics of work

Activism & protest; Adolescence; Adventure; Ageing; Animals; Biography & memoir; Care experience; Childhood; Class & society; Coasts, seas & oceans; Comedy, humour & funny books; Contemporary fiction; Death, grief & bereavement; Emigration & immigration; Environment & climate; Event production; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Family; Fantasy; Food; Friendship; Gender equality; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Historical fiction; History; Horror; Human rights; Island communities; Loneliness & isolation; Love & romance; Music; Mystery & thriller; Nature; Performance training; Politics; Poverty; Rural communities; Science; Seasonal books; Translation; Violence & abuse; Wars & conflicts; World War 1; World War 2

Age groups published for

Children; Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

9-11; 12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+