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Alison MacNeil

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Contact: alisondmacneil@gmail.com
Local authority: Stirling
Languages: English, Scots

Since 1989 Alison MacNeil has told tales on most folklore topics to primary school children, both here and abroad. Born in the city of Glasgow and raised in the beautiful coastal town of Helensburgh, she remembers first hearing stories and street songs from her granny.

Firstly as an apprentice of the late Duncan Williamson and then as a freelance storyteller, Alison's style is homely and engaging. Alison's great speciality is working with nursery and infant groups. At ease with children, she engages them into the stories with actions and questions. Rhymes and riddles are also employed in a lighthearted, playful way, which seriously encourages listening skills and the use of memory.

Alison has been described as one who tells her stories with "a compelling West Coast naturalness and ease" (Pam Wardell, director, BBC).

(Works in Scots)

Local authorities can visit

Clackmannanshire; Dundee; East Dunbartonshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Midlothian; North Lanarkshire; Perth and Kinross; Stirling; West Lothian

Events can deliver


Topics of work

Animals; Coasts, seas & oceans; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology

Age groups published for


Age groups can work with

3-5; 6-8

Audience size