Gerard Durkin's stories are for everyone. They tend to be comic tales from a mix of traditional, modern and self-written material. He also sings and plays guitar, with the songs and stories designed to encourage participation. Storytime at school was always his favourite part of the day.
He worked with South Lanarkshire Libraries for 15 years became a storyteller as part of his job, introducing school children to the library through storytelling sessions. These sessions became popular and local schools began to ask him to visit in his own time, which led to Gerard joining the national storytelling network.
He is now a full-time storyteller comfortable with adult groups, teenage groups and primary school children, as well as nursery and infant work and has worked with adults and teenagers with learning difficulties. Gerard has been storyteller in residence for Crookston Castle, storyteller in residence for the National Museums of Scotland and currently works with Read For Good, visiting children's hospitals telling stories and singing songs to the children and their carers.
(Works in Scots)