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Fergus McNicol

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Contact: [email protected]
Local authority: Edinburgh City
Languages: English, Scots
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I am a professional storyteller and educator working in primary education with a passion for storytelling. I tell a wide range of stories from Scotland and around the world for all ages from toddlers to adults but focus mainly on the primary school stages.

I enjoy sharing stories in a lively interactive manner, involving the audience throughout, weaving in song, rhyme and even the occasional dance! In addition to storytelling performances I provide storytelling and writing workshops with a focus on developing writing through the medium of storytelling. I provide CPD training for educators with an interest in developing storytelling as a way to work with learners. I have worked extensively in schools throughout Scotland and have developed storytelling resources for Scottish Book Trust, Scottish Storytelling Centre, and a variety of schools.

In addition to my own storytelling I perform as Macastory with storyteller Ron Fairweather, providing themed interactive storytelling performances. Our performances cover a wide range of themes and can be developed to address particular themes and audiences. We have developed and performed storytelling sets for Edinburgh International Book Festival, National Museum of Scotland, National Library of Scotland, The Scottish Portrait Gallery, schools and libraries.

(Works in Scots)

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

Performance; Residency; Talk; Workshop; Professional development, CLPL or CPD

Audience can work with

Outdoor learning; Reluctant readers

Topics of work

Adventure; Animals; Coasts, seas & oceans; Comedy, humour & funny books; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Family; Fantasy; Food; Friendship; History; Nature; Performance training; World War 1

Age groups published for

Children; Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

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

Audience size

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