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Grace Banks

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Contact: silverhaar@gmail.com
Local authority: Aberdeen City
Languages: English, Scots
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Grace works in schools to support literacies in the outdoors, using stories, play and activities, as well as providing outdoor play for pupils not coping in the class environment. Aberdeen University employed Grace as the community co-ordinator for a local year-long project connected to the environment, organising workshops and training for locals, travellers, teachers and volunteers.looking at traditional and contemporary stories and songs and local history.

Grace runs song classes, storytelling for families, sessions for schools and also outdoor explores which can include story, song walks, story-making, creative writing, song creation with natural, historical inspiration, tool use, fire-making and other fun activities, supporting groups to experience nature in different ways.

Most recently Grace has been working for Scots Radio, supporting schools, community groups to create their own doric films. Grace has co-authored two books with Sheena Blackhall, Aberdeenshire Folk Tales and Scottish Urban Myths and Ancient Legends, and included in the soon to be released Anthology of Scottish Folk Tales published by History Press. Grace has compiled A Puckle o Sangs, a book of songs gathered from NE Scotland songsters and published by AUP.  (Photo credit: Gregor Ksiazek)

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

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

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Care-experienced people; Carers; English as an additional language (EAL); Outdoor learning; Adults with additional support needs; People experiencing mental health problems; Prisoners & young offenders; Reluctant readers; Vulnerable young people (under 18); Vulnerable adults; Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts); Young people with additional support needs (under 18) (ASN/SEN)

Topics of work

Adventure; Environment & climate; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Family; History; Music; Nature; Rhyming books for younger readers; Urban communities; World War 1; World War 2

Age groups published for

Children; Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

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

Audience size

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