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Dougie Mackay

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Contact: deep.roots.community@gmail.com
Local authority: Fife
Languages: English

Dougie is a warm and dynamic storyteller, renowned for regaling audiences across Scotland and Europe, with age-old tales made fresh for modern times.
As well as crafting storytelling shows for the Edinburgh Fringe and other contemporary festivals, he utilises a background in community development, youth work and outdoor adventure, to deliver story-centred learning programmes and workshops, adaptable to group interests and needs.
Equally at home performing, running workshops or encouraging participants to create their own stories, Dougie has a diverse storytelling CV. Common to all his work is a love of story and its potency in creating shared moments of wonder and empowerment in everyday life.
Creating a storytelling resource for dementia care staff, delivering a storytelling and "wolf tracking" weekend, and curating a show on Scottish mythological creatures highlight some current projects.
Specialities include Scottish folk tales and myth, environmental projects and social engagement.

Local authorities can visit

Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dundee; Edinburgh City; Fife; Highland; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); Perth and Kinross; Shetland; Stirling

Events can deliver

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

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Care-experienced people; Intergenerational learning; Outdoor learning; People experiencing mental health problems; People living with dementia; Reluctant readers; 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; Animals; Childhood; Class & society; Coasts, seas & oceans; Comedy, humour & funny books; Death, grief & bereavement; Discrimination & prejudice; Drug addiction, alcoholism & substance abuse; Environment & climate; Event production; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Family; Fantasy; First experiences for younger readers; Food; Friendship; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Historical fiction; History; Human rights; Loneliness & isolation; Nature; Performance training; Politics; Poverty; Religion & beliefs; Rural communities; Urban communities

Age groups published for

Children; Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

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

Audience size

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